Europe

GSI COP 20 Event: Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Threaten Decarbonization Efforts [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: The Friends of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) held an event on 'Maximizing Contributions to Emissions Mitigation from Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform' on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event outlined support available to countries undergoing subsidy reform and launched the GSI publication 'The Impact of Fossil-Fuel Subsidies on Renewable Electricity Generation.'

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Austrian Panel on Climate Change Presents 2014 Assessment Report [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: The 'Austrian Assessment Report 2014' of the Austrian Panel on Climate Change (APCC) was presented at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference. The report provides an overview of research on climate change in Austria. Participants heard high-level statements and presentations on the findings and potential actions stemming from the report.

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FCPF Highlights Funding Commitments, Stakeholder Participation [viewed]

Forest Carbon11 December 2014: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has highlighted the full commitment of the FCPF US$465 million pipeline and the entry of Guatemala, Indonesia and Peru into the Fund.

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UNEP Launches 1 Gigaton Coalition for Renewables and Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with support from the Government of Norway, launched a coalition to promote the expansion of renewable energy and energy efficiency in climate change mitigation efforts. The ‘1 Gigaton Coalition' is so named because it is believed that emission reductions from renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts could deliver annual savings of 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year by 2020.

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IEA Releases 2014 Insights on Energy, Climate Change and Environment [viewed]

IEA10 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) addresses the interconnections between climate change policies and the global energy sector in its report 'Energy, Climate Change and Environment: 2014 Insights.' The report presents: ways to retire high-emission assets, such as coal plants; important lessons for designing an emissions trading system (ETS); examples of co-managing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and trends in energy metrics.

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ICLEI, IPU COP 20 Event Highlights National and Local Climate Action [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: Participants presented local-level climate actions at an event 'From Vision to Action Plan: Raising the Global Level of Ambition through National and Local Action,' organized by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. At the event, panelists pledged their support for the Lima Communiqué to be presented to the High-Level Segment of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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UNECE Releases Recommendations on Climate Change-Related Statistics [viewed]

UNECEDecember 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report, titled 'Recommendations on Climate Change-Related Statistics,' which focuses on improving the official statistics used to analyze climate change, its causes and impacts. The publication promotes the use of climate change-related information generated by national statistical offices (NSOs) among official statisticians.

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GCF Passes US$10 Billion Mark Following Pledges from Australia, Belgium [viewed]

australia-belgia9 December 2014: Pledges from Australia and Belgium to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have pushed GCF capitalization over the US$10 billion threshold. Australia committed AU$200 million while Belgium pledged €51.7 million.

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UN-REDD COP 20 Event Examines REDD+ Post-2015 [viewed]

limacop208 December 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) organized a high-level dialogue to explore a post-2015 vision for REDD+ as a catalyst for sustainable development and the 2016-2020 role of UN-REDD. The side event, 'Looking Forward: REDD+ Post 2015,' convened on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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IOM and UNCCD Sign Memorandum of Understanding [viewed]

UNCCD logo26 November 2014: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 105th session of the IOM Council. The meeting took place on 25-27 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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