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Policy Update #17: Human Security and Climate Change [viewed]

The issues of human security and conflict in relation to climate change have evolved to a place where they now constitute a recognized and important component in the climate change conversation, and are being addressed in a diverse range of fora through meetings, reports and changes in policy.

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US, India to Enhance Cooperation on Climate, Clean Energy [viewed]

india.us25 January 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have announced joint measures to boost clean energy in India and international climate action. The two sides announced their plan to cooperate together and with other countries over the next year to conclude an “ambitious” climate agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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UNFCCC Launches National Contributions Web Portal [viewed]

UNFCCC22 January 2015: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has launched a web-based portal for submissions by parties to the UNFCCC of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). The Secretariat will prepare a report on the aggregate effect of INDCs communicated via the portal a month in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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Event: Eighth Round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Negotiations [viewed]

The EU and US will continue talks on agreeing to a trade and investment deal known as the 'Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)'. TTIP is expected to have implications for the manufacturing (including energy), agriculture, and services, investment and public procurement sectors. The Partnership is also being designed to add and update rules, including those affecting sustainable development.  

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Al Gore Receives ZFEP Lifetime Achievement Award [viewed]

Zayed Future19 January 2015: Former US Vice President Al Gore has received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) for his “personal and political commitment to raise international awareness about the dangers of climate change, while reinforcing optimism that the global community can and will successfully tackle the challenge.” His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, presented Gore with the award during a ceremony held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015.

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WEF Report Identifies Climate Issues as a Top Global Risk [viewed]

World Economic Forum15 January 2015: The World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Global Risks Report identifies: climate-related issues among the top global risks the world will face over the next ten years, both in terms of likelihood and impact; extreme weather as the second most likely major risk; and the failure to adapt to climate change among the top five global risks in terms of impact.

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IOM, Sciences Po Assess Migration, Environment and Climate Change Nexus [viewed]

iomlogo5 January 2015: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Paris Institute for Political Science (Sciences Po) have jointly published a report, titled ‘The State of Environmental Migration 2014: A Review of 2013,' which aims to enhance the understanding of links between natural disasters, including sudden natural onset events and slow onset events, and human mobility. The report seeks to raise awareness on the effects of climate change on the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.

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Event: Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate: Lessons Learned about Lessons Learned [viewed]

This Disaster Risk Reduction Expert Forum, organized by the Consortium for Capacity Building of the University of Colorado Boulder, US, will convene to examine 'lessons learned about lessons learned' about hydro-meteorological disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation, focusing on usability of the lessons identified from scientific and societal findings relating to DRR and a changing climate.  

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Event: International Disaster Conference and Expo [viewed]

The International Disaster Conference and Expo 2015, organized by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), together with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), will focus on issues relating to disaster preparation, response, recovery and mitigation on a global scale, in particular emergency management, homeland security, first response and loss mitigation, among others. The conference aims to create opportunities for public and private sector engagement, and discussions relating to policy, lessons learned, best practices and forward thinking.  

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Event: ICAO Environmental ​Seminars in the European and North Atlantic Region [viewed]

As part of a series of two environmental seminars held back-to-back in each region of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Aviation and Environment Seminar will be held from 18-19 March 2015, and the States' Action Plans Seminar will be held from 19-20 March 2015, in Warsaw, Poland, for the European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Region. The seminars are supporting ICAO Member States in their efforts to institute climate-friendly aviation. The first seminar, intended for civil aviation, environment, energy, industry, civil society, academia, and National Action Plan (NAP) representatives, as well as the general public, will cover: aviation and environmental outlook, aircraft noise, local air quality, global emissions, sustainable alternative fuels, market-based measures, technology, operations, green airports, States' action plans, assistance to States and financing​. The second seminar is for NAP Focal Points to learn about ICAO Guidance on State Action Plans; the Action Plan Emissions Reduction (APER) website, supporting documents and ICAO tools; assistance for the implementation of the Action Plan; and States' best practices.  

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