Northern America

US$9.3 Billion Pledged to GCF [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new20 November 2014: Representatives from 21 governments presented pledges at the Green Climate Fund (GCF) High-Level Pledging Conference amounting to US$9.3 billion. The GCF underlined that this is the highest sum ever raised within a five-month period for an international financing mechanism dedicated to combating climate change.

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UNECE Committee Discusses Future of Forests as Carbon Sinks [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section conducted a regional review of carbon sequestration in forests. The review concludes that the European region contains 41% of the world's forests, worth 225 million tons of carbon per year as a forest biomass carbon sink.

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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Samoa Pathway [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 November 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway' (A/69/L.6), by consensus. The Samoa Pathway recognizes the adverse impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on SIDS' efforts to achieve sustainable development as well as to their survival and viability, and addresses economic development, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ocean management, among other issues.

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US, Japan Announce Pledges to the Green Climate Fund [viewed]

us-japan15 November 2014: The US has announced a US$3 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). US President Barak Obama made the announcement on the eve of the G20 Summit, which convened in Brisbane, Australia, from 15-16 November 2014. In a separate announcement, also on the margins of the G20 Summit, Japan said it would pledge US$1.5 billion. With these two announcements, the pledges received thus far by the GCF amount to US$7.5 billion.

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UNFCCC Releases Views on National Adaptation Processes [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a compilation of countries' adaptation planning experiences, including information on good practices and lessons learned in the areas of ecosystems, human settlements, water resources and health. Parties and partner organizations of the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change were also invited to submit information on monitoring and evaluation, and processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning.

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Americas Prepare for ECPA Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

ECPA logo10 November 2014: The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) has completed its fourth and final sub-regional preparatory meeting in 2014 for the Second ECPA Meeting of Ministers, which is intended to boost the region's cooperation on energy and climate change issues. At the upcoming meeting, which is scheduled to take place in 2015, ministers are expected to put forward their priorities on these issues and structure a stronger partnership.

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ECPA Workshop Examines Renewable Energy's Changing Outlook [viewed]

ECPA logo27 October 2014: The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Clearinghouse organized a workshop examining 'Policies for the Promotion of a Sustainable Energy Sector' for participants from several South American countries, multilateral institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs). The workshop considered drivers behind increased efficiency and lower costs of wind and solar power and considered the infrastructure needed for bringing more renewables onto the grid.

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US, China Announce Emissions Targets [viewed]

china_us_flag11 November 2014: The US and China have released a joint announcement on climate change on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, China.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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