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December Update on Doha Amendment Ratification [viewed]

UNFCCC2 December 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Argentina, the Bahamas, Cambodia, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of Parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 57.

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International Solar Energy Alliance Launched [viewed]

india_france30 November 2015: The International Solar Energy Alliance, initiated by the Governments of India and France at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, has garnered the support of 120 countries. Among other commitments, the supporting countries express their intention to collectively mobilize more than US$1000 billion by 2030 to scale up solar energy deployment.

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COP 21 Starts Substantive Negotiations [viewed]

cop21_1dec_iisdrs1 December 2015: Governments began substantive negotiations on the second day of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Rio Conventions Pavilion and Africa Pavilion, among other organizers of side events, also convened panels on the themes of UNFCCC COP 21.

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LPAA Forest Event Features Commitments to Protect and Restore Forests [viewed]

lpaa1 December 2015: A special event on forests, held as part of the Paris Climate Change Conference and under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), showcased partnerships, commitments and implementation strategies to protect and restore forests, and endorsed them as a key climate solution. The LPAA is a joint undertaking of the Peruvian and French Presidencies of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, the Office of the UN Secretary-General and the UNFCCC Secretariat.

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LPAA Agriculture Event Showcases Initiatives on Soils, Livestock, Food Waste and Production [viewed]

lpaa1 December 2015: A half-day event on agriculture took place under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) and as part of the Paris Climate Change Conference, presenting six cooperative initiatives to drive the growth of climate-resilient, productive and low-emissions agriculture. As the UNFCCC notes, agriculture is one of the sectors most seriously affected by extreme climate, but it also accounts for 24% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause climate change.

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Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Launched [viewed]

cpl30 November 2015: Governments, businesses and NGOs launched the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference to support the expansion of effective carbon pricing, successful carbon pricing policy development and the use of carbon pricing in business.

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Initiatives Announced to Double Clean Energy Research and Development [viewed]

cop2130 November 2015: Twenty major economies launched an initiative to double their investments in clean energy research and development (R&D), while a group of private major investors announced a coalition pledged to invest in early-stage development of technology coming out of the aforementioned initiative. Both were formally announced at the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Opens with Financial Pledges at Leaders Event [viewed]

iisdrs_cop2130 November 2015: Heads of State and Government attending the Leaders Event on the first day of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) addressed, inter alia: the inclusion of gender for ensuring climate justice; the importance of differentiation; the legal form of the agreement; the periodicity of the review process; transparency and accountability rules; whether or not to anchor loss and damage in a permanent mechanism; the role of natural capital accounting; the link between climate change and development; balancing mitigation and adaptation finance; technology transfer in providing mitigation support; and the need to address the degradation of forests, desertification, and biodiversity loss.

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Donors Pledge US$248 Million to LDC Fund [viewed]

Global Environment Facility (GEF)30 November 2015: At the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference, eleven donor countries made pledges totaling US$248 million to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to continue financing actions to reduce vulnerability in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and enable climate-resilient sustainable development and livelihoods.

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Transformative Carbon Asset Facility to Provide Financial Incentives to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

world_bank_new30 November 2015: Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland announced a US$500 million initiative to help developing countries tackle climate change by transitioning to carbon-pricing mechanisms. The Transformative Carbon Asset Facility (TCAF) will help developing countries implement plans to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by providing them with results-based payments for large scale programs in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, low carbon cities and solid waste management.

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