Near East

WHO Calls for Strong Climate Agreement to Protect Health [viewed]

WHO17 November 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a statement urging countries to consider the impacts of climate change on human health during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, in order to reduce climate-related deaths and protect future generations' health. WHO has also released a first set of climate change and health country profiles to support negotiators in considering health issues during COP 21.

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Arab Countries Agree on Roadmap to Implement Sendai Framework [viewed]

unisdr_arab13 November 2015: The Arab region agreed on a roadmap for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 in order to reduce disaster losses, and which is intended to revitalize the disaster risk coordination mechanism established in 2007 by the League of Arab States. More than 120 participants representing governments, cities, academia, civil society, youth and international organizations met in Cairo, Egypt, to launch an Arab Strategy for DRR specific to the region's needs and priorities and aligned with the Sendai Framework's targets.

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G20 Summit Discusses 2030 Agenda, COP 21 [viewed]

g20-turkey16 November 2015: At the Antalya Summit, leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) discussed inclusiveness, investment and implementation – themes based on the Turkish Presidency's priorities – as well as sustainable development and climate change in the run-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Policy Update #24: INDCs: Foundation for a Successful Outcome in Paris? [viewed]

With the Paris Climate Change Conference just around the corner, 134 intended national determined contributions (INDCs), representing more than 150 countries, have been submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat as of 12 November, and more are still expected before Paris. INDCs outline the climate actions that individual countries intend to undertake in the post-2020 period, under the new climate agreement to be decided on in Paris.[1] Viewing them in aggregate should enable the tracking of progress and determining whether they represent a collective level of ambition that will be sufficient to limit temperature rise below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels.[2]

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Group on Earth Observations Adopts Mexico City Declaration [viewed]

geo1213 November 2015: The Twelfth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XII) and the 2015 Mexico City Ministerial Summit concluded with the adoption of the Mexico City Declaration and the approval of the GEO Strategic Plan for 2016-2025.

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Egypt, Pakistan Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC12 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Egypt and Pakistan have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 161. Egypt's INDC focuses largely on mitigation in the energy sector, especially through efficiency and alternative energy sources. Pakistan's INDC notes studies calculating the country's emissions projections are underway, which will allow the Party to make specific commitments.

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Climate Vulnerable Forum Issues Manila Communiqué [viewed]

Climate Vulnerable Forum11 November 2015: A meeting of 43 countries vulnerable to climate change concluded with the adoption of a call to "enshrine the critical goal of below 1.5°C together with a successive 5-year commitment cycle" in the Paris climate change agreement. The 20-member Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) convened its Sherpa Senior Officers' Meeting, with participation by 23 incoming members, to take stock of progress and prepare a common position ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Event: Climate Change, Security and Defence [viewed]

This event will bring together leading global defence and security experts for a discussion 'Climate Change, Security and Defence,' as they explore the impact climate change is already having and will likely have on the future in regions—from the Arctic to sub-Saharan Africa and from the Middle East to South-East Asia. The event is hosted by the Conference Board of Canada. It brings together representatives from Norway, France, the European Union and Canada to stimulate a public debate about Canada's role in this international concern.  

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Saudi Arabia, Sudan Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC10 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Saudi Arabia and Sudan have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 159. Saudi Arabia's INDC indicates it will pursue economic diversification and adaptation with the aim of generating mitigation co-benefits. Sudan's INDC identifies objectives in the energy, forestry and waste sectors designed to guide the country toward low-carbon development.

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UNISDR, Singapore to Strengthen Disaster Risk Management in SIDS [viewed]

UNISDR - Singapore Flag4 November 2015: Singapore and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have joined forces to strengthen the disaster risk management (DRM) capacity of small island developing States (SIDS) and other countries that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. During a joint specialized training course, representatives from Singapore and UNISDR shared their expertise on early warning systems, hazard and vulnerability assessment, emergency preparedness plans, resilient public health systems, adaptation and mitigation measures, and sustainable urban planning.

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