Near East

UNIDO, GEF Provide Mitigation Training to CIS Experts [viewed]

GEF UNIDO7 December 2015: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a workshop to train experts from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to develop programmes for climate-change mitigation. Approximately 40 participants from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine received training in building programmes to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to promote the uptake of clean technologies and other mitigation actions.

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Mountain Day Focuses on Mountain Products; Launches Reports on Food Insecurity and Adaptation [viewed]

mountain_international_day11 December 2015: International Mountain Day (IMD) took place under the theme ‘promoting mountain products,' with the aim of highlighting the potential of mountain products and services to contribute to livelihoods and sustainable employment in mountain areas. The Day highlighted opportunities for growth, such as the production of high quality, high value products like fair trade, organic cocoa, coffee, herbs, honey, spices and other niche market products, and underscored constraints in mountain development, especially with regard to food insecurity and climate change.

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IFAD Report Discusses Inclusion of Smallholder Farmers in Adaptation Planning [viewed]

IFAD7 December 2015: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has released a report outlining approaches to support the participation of smallholder farmers in the development and implementation of climate change adaptation policies. Based on case studies illustrating IFAD's approach to policy engagement, the report concludes that interventions such as producing and communicating evidence, strengthening decision-making institutions, fostering dialogue among stakeholders, and supporting engagement at all levels of decision making, are essential to ensure the realization smallholder farmers' adaptation priorities.

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Guest Article #136: The Green Climate Fund Starts Funding Climate Action in Developing Countries [viewed]

A few weeks ahead of the start of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21), where climate negotiators are set to gather to seal the fate of the Universal Climate Agreement, the Green Climate Fund sent a strong message to the world community: Its Board approved its initial set of projects and programmes, financing USD 168 million, with an additional allocation of USD 195 million over time, overall catalyzing up to USD 1.3 billion in private and public investments. This marks the end of the GCF launch phase and kick-starts the flow of climate finance through the Fund to developing countries.

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Global Good Practice Publication Analyzes INDCs, LEDS, NAMAs and MRV Systems [viewed]

mrv_unepDecember 2015: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building Programme have released a second edition of the Global Good Practice Analysis (GPA 2.0), which discusses 19 case studies demonstrating how intended nationally-determined contributions (INDCs), low-emission development strategies (LEDS), nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems are being effectively designed and implemented across a range of national contexts in developed and developing countries.

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LPAA Transport Event Launches Electro-Mobility Declaration, Freight Action Plan, Other Initiatives [viewed]

lpaa3 December 2015: Participants at the ‘Focus on Transport' event launched ten transport-climate action initiatives and agreed on the 'Paris Declaration on Electro-Mobility and Climate Change & Call to Action.' The event convened as part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPPA) at the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Initiatives Announced to Double Clean Energy Research and Development [viewed]

cop2130 November 2015: Twenty major economies launched an initiative to double their investments in clean energy research and development (R&D), while a group of private major investors announced a coalition pledged to invest in early-stage development of technology coming out of the aforementioned initiative. Both were formally announced at the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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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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FoodSECuRE Facility to Build Community Resilience to Climate Change [viewed]

wfp_iriNovember 2015: The Food Security Climate Resilience (FoodSECuRE) Facility, an initiative of the World Food Programme (WFP), aims to secure US$400 million to enable governments to quickly unlock funding to scale up food and nutrition responses as well as disaster risk reduction activities before climate disasters occur. The WFP and its partner, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), have launched activities in five countries, with fast-tracked implementation in Zimbabwe and Guatemala to respond to El Niño.

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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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