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Member States Debate Working Methods, Scope and Timing of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Post 2015 Process3 December 2014: UN Member States convened for an informal plenary meeting on “the organization and modalities for intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.” Governments responded to the co-facilitators' “food for thought” paper of 17 November 2014, which had been issued following the consultations of 4 and 10 November. Member States are expected to meet again next week to discuss a new calendar of eight negotiating dates, circulated by the co-facilitators at the end of the session.

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EU-US Energy Council Statement Highlights Climate Change Commitments [viewed]

usa-eu-flag3 December 2014: The EU and the US are committed to leading the fight against climate change, according to a joint statement released by the sixth meeting of the EU-US Energy Council. As outlined in the statement, the Council welcomed the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitments of the EU and the US, applauded their respective pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and discussed mobilizing long-term investments in sustainable energy for developing regions.

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COP 20 Side Event Focuses on Clean Technology Funds [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: Participants discussed the role of innovative models to support clean energy technologies and their international replicability, including in the context of shaping Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference. ClimateNet and the Swiss Association for Environmentally Conscious Management convened the event, titled 'Implementing and Replicating Innovative Energy Transition Programs and Clean Technology Funds.'

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MINES ParisTech Examines Urban Energy Strategies at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: An event organized by the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (MINES ParisTech) on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference focused on the design of climate-friendly strategies for cities to address climate change vulnerability and promote sustainability. 'The Need and Challenge of Ambitious Climate-Energy Strategies at the Urban Scale' presented concrete initiatives being undertaken by academia, local authorities and industry.

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EU Parliament Outlines Priorities for Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

europeanparliament27 November 2014: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution defining its collective priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. Priorities include ending poverty and fighting inequalities, a human rights-based approach, and a variety of social, economic, and environmental development issues.

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CIFOR and CIRAD Identify Conditions for Participatory MRV [viewed]

cifor-cirad2 December 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) released a "perspective climate change" brief on the involvement of local people in measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) for REDD+. The brief concludes that the feasibility of local participation in MRV is tied to capacity, relevance to communities, and the strength of MRV structures.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Discussions on REDD+ Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

unredd2 December 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the December 2014 edition of its newsletter highlighting planned discussions on the post-2015 vision for REDD+ and UN-REDD. High-level discussions will be held with UN agencies, national governments and indigenous peoples at the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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Guest Article #117: Sharing Best Practices to Scale Up Mitigation Action: The Low Emission Capacity Building Programme's Annual Event [viewed]

The benefit of having 25 countries in a programme that spans the globe and represents a range of economic standing from least developed to emerging economies is the incredible amount of south-south learning that can be generated.

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IEA Recommends Actions toward EU 2030 Climate Targets, Competitiveness, Energy Security [viewed]

IEA1 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched a report reviewing the European Union's (EU) energy policies and recommending cost-effective ways to meet the EU's 2030 energy and climate targets. Titled 'Energy Policies of IEA Countries: European Union 2014 Review,' the report assesses the state of renewable energy, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and analyzes the EU's energy security and industrial competitiveness.

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Spain Announces EUR120 Million Pledge to GCF [viewed]

spanish-flag28 November 2014: The Government of Spain has pledged to commit €120 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), bringing total GCF contributions to US$9.7 billion equivalent. The announcement was made in advance of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, which is opening in Lima, Peru, on 1 December 2014, and just after the first GCF pledging conference, which took place in Berlin, Germany, on 20 November 2014.

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