Europe

Netherlands Pledges 100 Million Euro to GCF [viewed]

Netherlands Flag14 November 2014: Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen has announced that the Netherlands will contribute €100 million, or approximately US$125 million, to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Commenting on the pledge, Ploumen and Dutch Environment Minister Wilma Mansveld underlined the "urgent need for action."

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UNFCCC Releases Views on National Adaptation Processes [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a compilation of countries' adaptation planning experiences, including information on good practices and lessons learned in the areas of ecosystems, human settlements, water resources and health. Parties and partner organizations of the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change were also invited to submit information on monitoring and evaluation, and processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning.

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Governments Conclude Initial Exchange of Views on Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga6910 November 2014: UN Member States convened for the second informal meeting of the plenary on the organization and modalities of intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. The co-facilitators – David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya – expect to issue a “starting document” by the week of 17 November, covering the process, road map, and scope of work for intergovernmental negotiations.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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UN-REDD Policy Board Welcomes US$11.6 Million in Funding [viewed]

unredd7 November 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) convened the thirteenth meeting of its Policy Board, which approved US$11.6 million in funding of which US$11 million was contributed by Norway.

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Event: Green Climate Fund High-Level Pledging Conference [viewed]

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) will hold a high-level pledging conference on 20 November, in Berlin, Germany. The conference will be co-hosted by Germany's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller, and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. The pledging conference is open to all governments intersted in contributing to the GCF, and high-level representatives are expected from more than 20 countries. Germany is hosting the event in accordance with a pledge made during the Fund's Initial Resource Mobilization process. Capitalization of the GCF will mark a milestone for the negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place from 1-12 December 2014, in Lima, Peru.  

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Discussions Begin on Modalities, Substance of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga694 November 2014: Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, convened the first informal meeting of the plenary on the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. After a second informal meeting on 10 November, the co-facilitators will be able to plan next steps in the process, Kamau said.

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October 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy-financeOctober 2014: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Comoros, Guyana, Kenya, the Maldives, Mali, Moldova, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine, Uruguay, Turkey, and Viet Nam.

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SE4ALL Global Facilitation Office Launched in Vienna [viewed]

SE4ALL3 November 2014: The Global Facilitation Office of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative was launched on 3 November, in Vienna, Austria, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The establishment of the office represents a key step in the institutionalization of SE4ALL, which seeks to ensure universal energy access, a doubling of the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, and a doubling of the rate of energy efficiency improvements globally, by 2030.

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Event: Climate Justice: Addressing the Global Challenge and Scotland's Contribution [viewed]

This international roundtable conference, organized by CIFAL Scotland, a UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-affiliated training center for Northern Europe, will provide a space for discussing the challenges of climate change, climate justice as a human right, and Scotland's contribution to climate justice. In 2012, the Scottish government launched the 'Climate Justice Fund,' the value of which was doubled to £6 million in 2013. The Fund currently supports projects in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia in the areas of water and food security, and action against climate change impacts, such as floods, droughts and severe weather. The one-day conference will include opening remarks by UNITAR representatives, a keynote speech by Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and International Development of the Scottish Government, and a panel discussion.  

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