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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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UN Reports on GHG Emissions, Showcases Steps Towards Climate Neutrality [viewed]

UN Reports on GHG Emissions27 November 2015: The UN emitted 2,093,572 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015, according to a report titled ‘Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN.' The report provides an update on progress in implementing the 2007 Climate Neutral UN Strategy, which commits all UN agencies, funds and programmes to move towards climate neutrality within the context of greening the UN, including through reducing and offsetting emissions.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Gathers Over 140 World Leaders on Opening Day [viewed]

cop21_iisdrscoverage30 November 2015: The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) opened with more than 140 Heads of State and Government and other high-level officials delivering statements at a Leaders Event organized by the COP 21/CMP 11 Presidency. Many leaders emphasized the crucial juncture the meeting represents in terms of securing humanity's future. The first plenary session of the 12th part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-12) took place the night before, on Sunday evening, 29 November. ADP 2-12 will begin negotiations in spin-off groups on 30 November.

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November 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

November 2015 Sustainable Energy1 December 2015: During the month of November, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. AfDB, IDB and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released reports on financing and deploying clean energy. A number of related events took place throughout the month.

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October-November 2015 NAMA Update [viewed]

nama_updateNovember 2015: This update provides information on individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, including NAMAs seeking support for preparation and implementation, and related support, events and activities, for the period from October to November 2015.

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Commonwealth Members Commit to Ambitious Legally-Binding Climate Agreement [viewed]

commonwealth29 November 2015: The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) adopted a Leaders' Statement on Climate Action in which Commonwealth members reconfirm their commitment to negotiate a legally-binding agreement on climate change at the Paris Climate Change Conference that signals the need for deep emission cuts, promotes low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways and raises mitigation ambition over time.

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WMO: 2015 Likely to be Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO25 November 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has estimated that the world will have reached 1°C of warming above pre-industrial levels in 2015. The Organization predicts that the global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record, noting the cause as a combination of anthropogenic climate change and a strong El Niño. In addition, the years 2011-2015 make up the warmest five-year period ever recorded, according to the WMO.

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UNECE Committee Explores Pathways to Sustainable Energy [viewed]

UNECE20 November 2015: Participants at the 24th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE24) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) discussed various pathways to sustainable energy, considered different conceptions of what "sustainable energy" is, and explored the challenges and opportunities of accelerating a transition in the UNECE region's energy system. The meeting featured a high-level segment that examined these issues in depth.

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