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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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IEA Projects 2.1% Annual Growth in Coal Demand through 2019 [viewed]

IEA15 December 2014: The 2014 Medium-Term Coal Market Report, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), finds that coal demand will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 2.1% until 2019. China is expected to account for three-fifths of that demand, while modest declines in coal consumption in the US and EU will be offset by growth in India's demand, according to the report.

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China-Mongolia Climate Change Cooperation Promotes Food Security [viewed]

fao-china-mongoliaDecember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported that South-South cooperation on climate change between China and Mongolia has resulted in improved food availability and accessibility for Mongolian consumers. Chinese experts and technicians worked in Mongolia over three years, teaching the use of technologies and techniques for crop and livestock production under extreme climatic conditions.

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Forum Promotes Climate Action through South-South Cooperation [viewed]

UNEP8 December 2014: The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum, held in parallel to the Lima Climate Change Conference, established the basic value proposition and importance of South-South cooperation, identified its enablers and constraints, and outlined options and mechanisms for promoting it. Through discussions with practitioners, policymakers and academics, the Forum contributed to integrating South-South cooperation into negotiations on the post-2015 climate change agreement.

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COP 20 Event Discusses Climate Finance Readiness [viewed]

limacop2012 December 2014: At the event 'Tools for Climate Finance Readiness: Building Capacity to Support Increased Finance Flows,' adelphi and Transparency International (TI) facilitated a discussion on various approaches to capacity building, such as through e-learning courses; social media; local media, civil society and youth training; programmes in financial planning, access to finance, delivering finance, and monitoring and reporting; and policy incentives.

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COP 20 Panel Discusses Land-Based Adaptation Indicator [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: Participants focused on the linkages between adaptation and sustainable land and ecosystem management as well as monitoring progress in these areas at an event organized by the Government of China and supported by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The side event, titled 'Building a Common Indicator on Land-Based Adaptation for Reporting on the Rio Conventions,' was co-convened with the Governments of Costa Rica, France, Morocco, Myanmar, Panama and Senegal on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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UNFCCC Momentum for Change Event Highlights ICT Climate Change Solutions [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat's side event 'Momentum for Change: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Solutions' at the Lima Climate Change Conference celebrated the innovative ways ICT is being used across all sectors of society to reduce energy use, cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build resilience to the effects of climate change. The event highlighted the Momentum for Change Initiative's impacts on the ground.

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COP 20 Event Calls for Integrated Climate Risk Management [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: Investing now in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience will pay off in the long-run, according to an event convened on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event, titled 'Integrated Climate Risk Management (ICRM) for a Resilient World,' highlighted ICRM as an efficient and effective approach to reduce the risk of future losses and damages due to climate change.

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FCPF Releases 2014 Annual Report [viewed]

Forest CarbonDecember 2014: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has released its 2014 Annual Report, noting that there are now 47 FCPF Country Participants and highlighting the US$830 million raised by the Readiness Fund and Carbon Fund.

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Bioversity International Receives Grant to Test Farming Approach to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

usaid-bioversity10 December 2014: Bioversity International has announced the receipt of a US$1 million grant by the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program at USAID to crowdsource crop improvement to combat climate change for smallholder farmers in Central America.

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