Europe

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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Participants at Voluntary Meeting on REDD+ Exchange Views on Future Meetings [viewed]

UNFCCCCOP20-49-tn8 December 2014: Antonio Garcia Revilla, COP 20/CMP 10 Presidency, and Tomasz Chruszczow, COP 19/CMP 9 Presidency, co-facilitated the first annual voluntary meeting on the coordination of support for the implementation of REDD+ activities in developing countries, which took place alongside UNFCCC COP 20.

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Norway Pledges US$258 Million to GCF [viewed]

norway-flag5 December 2014: Norway has announced it will provide US$258 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) over the next four years, bringing the total amount pledged to the GCF to US$9.95 billion and closer to the GCF Pledging Conference's goal of US$10 billion.

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Arctic Biodiversity Congress Discusses Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, Climate Change [viewed]

arctic4 December 2014: Participants at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts.

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FAO, World Bank Quantify Benefits of No-till Agriculture in Ukraine [viewed]

fao-worldbank5 December 2014: The national annual benefits from no-till conservation agriculture in Ukraine could counterbalance natural capital depletion caused by soil erosion, according to an analysis by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Bank. Their report, titled ‘Ukraine: Soil Fertility to Strengthen Climate Resilience,' provides recommendations on addressing soil erosion, climate change impacts and excessive land tillage in Ukraine.

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EuropeAid Event Discusses Regional Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

limacop205 December 2014: The European Commission's (EC) Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) hosted a side event titled 'EUROCLIMA: Joint Latin America-European Union (EU) Regional Responses to Climate Change Challenges' on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event focused on key results of regional responses to climate change challenges and opportunities for collaboration with Latin America through programmes such as EUROCLIMA.

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UK Environmental Audit Committee Hears Evidence on SDGs, Post-2015 Process [viewed]

UK Parliament2 December 2014: The Environmental Audit Committee of the UK House of Commons conducted a hearing on the Government's priorities and positioning in negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The hearing covered, inter alia, the number of goals, the possibility of an SDG on climate change, and UK representation in the overall post-2015 process.

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European Commission Event Elaborates on EU 2030 Targets [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) presented the state of play following the recent adoption of the European Council Conclusions on the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework, including 2030 targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The event, held on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference, also looked ahead to next steps, such as implementing new provisions for the European Union (EU) Emissions Trading System (ETS).

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