Europe

UNECE Committee Discusses Future of Forests as Carbon Sinks [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section conducted a regional review of carbon sequestration in forests. The review concludes that the European region contains 41% of the world's forests, worth 225 million tons of carbon per year as a forest biomass carbon sink.

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Eastern Partnership Negotiators Prepare for Lima COP [viewed]

MRV14 November 2014: In advance of the December 2014 climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru, countries of the Eastern Partnership participated in a Panel on Environment and Climate Change under the theme 'Economic Integration and Convergence with EU Policies.' The two-day seminar focused on intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and what to expect at the 20th and 21st sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20 and COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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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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