Europe

Norway, Mexico Submit INDCs [viewed]

mexico_norway30 March 2015: The Governments of Norway and Mexico submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC on 27 and 30 March 2015, respectively. The submissions followed those by Switzerland and the EU, and brought the total number of parties to the UNFCCC that have formally submitted their INDCs to 32.

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EC Launches Legal Action over Non-Transposition of Energy Efficiency Directive by Member States [viewed]

ec26 March 2015: The European Commission referred Hungary to the European Court of Justice for failing to transpose the EU's Energy Efficiency Directive into national law. In addition, the Commission launched procedures against all EU member States except Malta for failure to notify the Commission on the national transposition measures of the same directive.

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European Council Addresses Next Steps for Energy Union [viewed]

European Council19 March 2015: The European Council has confirmed its commitment to the EU's Energy Union at a meeting focused on designing the first steps toward the Union. The Council released its 'Conclusions on the Energy Union,' which call for concrete actions to support the Union and a forward-looking climate policy. The Conclusions also call for coordinated climate diplomacy ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015 and intensified work on financing, technology transfer and capacity building.

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Event: Climate Finance Day 2015 [viewed]

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Caisse des Dépôts are organizing this event to give private financial operators an opportunity to reflect on "how to shift the trillions" of dollars needed toward the goal of limiting average global temperature rise to below 2°C. The banking and financial sector will share solutions for reducing financing for a high carbon economy, engage in debates on green investment, highlight successful policies that lower risks and open up opportunities, and showcase its commitment to combating climate change.  

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UNESCO-IHP Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Water Security [viewed]

UNESCOMarch 2015: The inception meeting of the project ‘Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe,' organized by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), launched a discussion on water security building on the existing networks, know-how and experiences of effective adaptation strategies.

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GCF Board Accredits Seven Entities, Adopts Investment Framework [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new26 March 2015: At its ninth meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board took a number of necessary steps toward its goal of approving funding for the first projects and programmes in October 2015. It agreed to accredit seven organizations, opening the door for them to begin developing and submitting project and programme proposals. In addition, it agreed on an initial investment framework, which will guide entities in the development of their proposals and create a transparent process for evaluating them.

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IPCC Releases Complete AR5 Synthesis Report [viewed]

IPCC18 March 2015: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the complete version of the Synthesis Report (SYR) of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Some of the SYR's main findings, which was released on 2 November 2014, are: human influence on the climate system is clear; more disruption to the climate leads to a greater risk of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts; and limiting climate change is possible.

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Event: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) [viewed]

The first meeting of the MEF in 2015 is tentatively scheduled for 19-20 April 2015. The MEF intends to convene four times in 2015. The Forum, launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, is aimed at facilitating candid dialogue among major emitting countries, both developed and developing, to garner the political leadership needed to advance efforts against climate change. The 17 major economies participating are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russian Federation, South Africa, the UK and the US.  

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International Day Sharpens Focus on Forest-Climate Links [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: Under the theme 'Forests | Climate | Change,' the family of United Nations organizations commemorated the International Day of Forests with a number of events, announcements and reports, many of which emphasized the important role of forests in climate mitigation and adaptation.

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UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: The UN celebrated the annual International Day of Forests on 21 March with a special event at Headquarters in New York, US. The theme of the celebration, 'Create a Climate Smart Future,' focused on the intersection of forests with resilience, adaptation, mitigation and the global climate and development discussions.

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