Near East

UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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Forum Promotes Climate Action through South-South Cooperation [viewed]

UNEP8 December 2014: The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum, held in parallel to the Lima Climate Change Conference, established the basic value proposition and importance of South-South cooperation, identified its enablers and constraints, and outlined options and mechanisms for promoting it. Through discussions with practitioners, policymakers and academics, the Forum contributed to integrating South-South cooperation into negotiations on the post-2015 climate change agreement.

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GCC COP 20 Discussion Highlights Energy Efficiency Progress in the Gulf [viewed]

limacop208 December 2014: Participants addressed energy efficiency projects and programmes in Saudi Arabia and Qatar at 'Energy Efficiency in Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC),' an event convened by the Government of Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event highlighted economic diversification efforts in the GCC, as well as the importance of shifting to more energy efficient standards in the region to promote diversification.

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Lebanon Reviews Economic Repercussions of Climate Change at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop206 December 2014: 'Economic Repercussions of Climate Change on Vital Sectors of the Lebanese Economy,' a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference, addressed socio-economic consequences of climate change in Lebanon's water, energy and agriculture sectors. Participants considered an analysis of the country's 2014 drought, which illustrates potential future climate impacts, and the application of a Brazilian model of South-South cooperation in Lebanon.

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Saudi Arabia, Qatar Highlight Carbon Management Initiatives at COP 20 Evenet [viewed]

limacop206 December 2014: An event on 'Carbon Management in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries,' organized by the Government of Saudi Arabia, considered various carbon management initiatives in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, including carbon sequestration through enhanced oil recovery (EOR), Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) certified projects and the management of gas flares.

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COP 20 Event Examines CCS Prospects, Compatibility with Sustainability [viewed]

limacop205 December 2014: Panelists examined 'The Ability of Clean Fossil and Non-Fossil Energy to Fulfill Sustainable Development' at an event convened on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference by the Government of Saudi Arabia and the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI). The event explored the sustainable development and decarbonization contributions of both clean energy sources and technologies for capturing carbon from fossil energy sources.

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GCC COP 20 Event Discusses Renewable Energy Investment and Technology [viewed]

limacop204 December 2014: The Government of Saudi Arabia organized a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference on 'Renewable Energy in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries.' The event provided an opportunity to discuss economic diversification through renewable energy research and investment, particularly in Saudi Arabia.

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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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IFAD Builds Adaptation Capacity of Smallholders [viewed]

IFAD3 December 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) outlined investments to help smallholders adapt to climate change as a contribution to improved livelihoods, nutrition and environmental health. The ‘Smallholder Advantage Report' covers actions ranging from improved access to weather information to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and the cataloguing of traditional knowledge.

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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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