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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Adaptation Committee and LDC Expert Group Begin Work under Paris Mandate, Climate Change Adaptation, DRR and Sustainable Development Interlinkages Come to the Fore [viewed]

unfccc_unu_undp_une-_wcmc9 April 2016: Alongside the long-term goal of limiting temperature increase to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100, the Paris Agreement on climate change includes a long-term adaptation goal, namely that of "enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development and ensuring an adequate adaptation response in the context of the temperature goal." Furthermore, the vast majority of national climate plans submitted in advance of Paris (or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)) included descriptions of countries' adaptation goals, priorities, actions and needs. This Adaptation Update is the first in a series that aims to track the implementation of the adaptation component of these INDCs, and progress towards the long-term adaptation goal of the Paris Agreement. The activities reported in this Update also contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts), as well as SDG 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere), SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and SDG 10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries).

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Implementation Update: Momentum Builds Ahead of Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony [viewed]

UNFCCC8 April 2016: This Implementation Update report summarizes activities by UNFCCC Parties related to the fulfillment of their commitments, especially following the adoption in 2015 of the Paris Agreement and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent news includes actions taken by the UNFCCC Secretariat to support implementation, announcements by Parties of their intention to sign or ratify the Paris Agreement, and efforts by Canada, the US and Thailand aimed at accelerating climate action.

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March 2016 Transparency Update [viewed]

enlighten_unfccc_mrv31 March 2016: During the month of March, the UNFCCC Secretariat published a number of reports in accordance with the current transparency system of the UNFCCC. These include an information note on the creation of a public registry for nationally determined contributions (NDCs), 19 true-up period review reports (TPRs) and the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory review report for Canada. Two UNFCCC meetings of lead reviewers also took place and the outcomes were subsequently published. In addition, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten initiative and the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV announced transparency-related capacity-building initiatives.

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Arctic Council Addresses Climate Change, Resilience [viewed]

Arctic Council17 March 2016: A Senior Arctic Officials' (SAO) Meeting of the Arctic Council (AC) focused on, among other issues, two cross-cutting themes, namely climate change and resilience, and future AC's work on oil and gas. In particular, the AC considered: the potential effects of the Paris Agreement on future work of the Council; reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon and methane (BCM), also in the oil and gas sector; and operationalizing the One Health initiative of the AC's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG).

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IEA Confirms Decoupling of CO2 Emissions, Economic Growth in 2015 [viewed]

IEA16 March 2016: For the second year in a row, global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions registered no growth, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), while global gross domestic product (GDP) continued to grow. Releasing preliminary data for 2015, the IEA reported that CO2 emissions amounted to 32.1 billion tonnes in 2015 and have remained flat since 2013. The IEA pointed to a surge in renewables as a key factor, noting they accounted for 90% of new electricity generation in 2015.

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US, Canada Commit to Partner on Climate, Energy and the Arctic [viewed]

us_canada10 March 2016: During an official visit to the US, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama released a US-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership, pledging to sign the Paris Agreement as soon as possible. The two leaders commit to advance climate action globally, outlining coordinated domestic climate action, and announce cooperation on clean energy and the Arctic.

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Stats Commission Discusses Climate Change Statistics, SDGs [viewed]

47unsc10 March 2016: As part of the UN Statistical Commission's (UNSC) 47th session, governments discussed climate change statistics and related issues, including their relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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G20 Finance Ministers Cooperate on Taxation, Infrastructure Investment, and Green Finance [viewed]

unep_g2027 February 2016: The Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors concluded a two-day meeting in Shanghai, China, pledging to enhance economic resilience, promote infrastructure investment, cooperate on tax matters and develop options for mobilizing private capital for green investment.

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February 2016 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

february2016_energy1 March 2016: During the month of February, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and the World Bank announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. In addition, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and EIB released publications related to finance and the clean energy sector, and AfDB, EBRD and the World Bank reported on events highlighting sustainable energy solutions.

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Event: G20 Energy Ministers Meeting [viewed]

The Energy Ministers Meeting under the Group of 20 (G20) Chinese Presidency will take place from 29-30 June, in Beijing, China. Sustainable energy issues on the Chinese Presidency's agenda include advancing the implementation of the G20 Principles of Energy Collaboration and strengthening cooperation on energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. It includes the European Union (EU), which is represented by the European Commission and the European Central Bank, and 19 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.  

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