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WTO Reports Progress on Environmental Goods Agreement [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)14 December 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) has achieved "considerable progress and a high degree of convergence" toward an environmental goods agreements (EGA) to lower trade barriers on environmental goods, according to the chair of the negotiations, Andrew Robb of Australia. The EGA would contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Robb notes.

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22 Countries Join 'Because the Ocean' to Support Action on Climate Change and Oceans [viewed]

becausetheocean10 December 2015: At the Paris Climate Change Conference, 22 countries supported the 'Because the Ocean' Declaration and agreed to work towards three objectives to advance action on climate change, oceans and sustainable development.

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Special Gala Honors Recipients of Momentum for Change Awards [viewed]

UNFCCC10 December 2015: The recipients of the 2015 UN Climate Solutions Award 'Momentum for Change' were honored during a special ceremony and gala event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. Sixteen initiatives were awarded prizes in the following categories: urban poor, women for results, financing for climate-friendly investment and information and communication technology (ICT) solutions.

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CCAC Strengthens Efforts to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

CCAC9 December 2015: The High Level Assembly (HLA) of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) committed to ambitious action over the next five years to reduce emissions of the short-term climate pollutants (SLCPs) - black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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Event: Canada in the Post-2015 World: Outcomes of the Paris Climate Change Conference and the SDGs [viewed]

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is hosting a half-day panel to discuss the implications of the Paris Climate Change Conference and the SDGs for Canada and the international community.The Paris Agreement marks a historic breakthrough: all governments agreed to tackle climate change through mitigation and adaptation. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) similarly mark a historic breakthrough, as countries agreed in September 2015 to advance coherent and universal sustainable development goals and targets. This panel discussion will consider what are in these agreements, what the key challenges in implementation are, and what it means for Canada at home and abroad.  

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COP 21 Considers Revised Draft Outcome [viewed]

cop219 December: Delegates at COP 21 discussed a revised version of the Paris outcome during an evening session of the Comité de Paris. Introducing the revised draft, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius informed parties that the text: is “inspired” by the ADP draft Paris outcome from Saturday, 5 December; incorporates ministerial facilitators' recommendations; and draws from ADP co-facilitators' suggestions and experience. He explained that the 29-page text, which contains three-fourths fewer brackets than the previous draft, aims to provide an overview of progress made and identify clear options on three cross-cutting issues still to be settled at the political level.

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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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Guest Article #135: Getting Policies Right on the Road from Paris: How the Clean Energy Solutions Center Can Help Countries Implement Their INDCs [viewed]

Negotiators from more than 190 countries are meeting in Paris this week to reach a global climate agreement. As the international community works to ensure that the agreement will be inclusive, fair, and ambitious, the critical question on everyone's mind is “What's Next?”

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Event: Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) [viewed]

Energy ministers from the Clean Energy Ministerial's 24 participating governments will gather for CEM7, hosted by the United States in June 2016, to fully implement the CEM 2.0 vision of a more ambitious and effective CEM ready to respond to climate and clean energy challenges. Ministers will assess progress to date and launch new campaigns and efforts to drive progress in priority, high impact areas. As an implementation forum, the CEM will play a critical role in the Road from Paris to help countries deliver on their respective national clean energy goals and to build confidence and the capacity to increase ambition over time.  

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COP 21 Starts Substantive Negotiations [viewed]

cop21_1dec_iisdrs1 December 2015: Governments began substantive negotiations on the second day of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Rio Conventions Pavilion and Africa Pavilion, among other organizers of side events, also convened panels on the themes of UNFCCC COP 21.

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