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Policy Update #24: INDCs: Foundation for a Successful Outcome in Paris? [viewed]

With the Paris Climate Change Conference just around the corner, 134 intended national determined contributions (INDCs), representing more than 150 countries, have been submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat as of 12 November, and more are still expected before Paris. INDCs outline the climate actions that individual countries intend to undertake in the post-2020 period, under the new climate agreement to be decided on in Paris.[1] Viewing them in aggregate should enable the tracking of progress and determining whether they represent a collective level of ambition that will be sufficient to limit temperature rise below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels.[2]

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Arctic Council Working Group Assesses Methane Mitigation Benefits for Arctic Warming [viewed]

Arctic Council30 October 2015: The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), one of the six Working Groups of the Arctic Council, has released its assessment report on methane as a climate forcer. The report concludes that methane mitigation can complement action on carbon dioxide (CO2) mitigation in reducing Arctic warming, and contribute to reducing the potential of increased methane emissions from natural terrestrial and marine sources in the Arctic due to a warming climate.

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Event: Climate Change, Security and Defence [viewed]

This event will bring together leading global defence and security experts for a discussion 'Climate Change, Security and Defence,' as they explore the impact climate change is already having and will likely have on the future in regions—from the Arctic to sub-Saharan Africa and from the Middle East to South-East Asia. The event is hosted by the Conference Board of Canada. It brings together representatives from Norway, France, the European Union and Canada to stimulate a public debate about Canada's role in this international concern.  

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FAO Reviews Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability in Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability in Fisheries and Aquaculture6 November 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a technical study, titled 'Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability in Fisheries and Aquaculture: Available Methodologies and their Relevance for the Sector,' which provides an overview of vulnerability assessment methodologies and their application in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

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Silva2015 Calls for Development of Forest-Related Indicators on SDGs [viewed]

Participants at Ssilva20156 November 2015: Silva2015, the joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), addressed the theme 'The Value of Forests.' The session gathered representatives from 39 countries from Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and North America, who pledged to continue their efforts to build climate change into national forest programmes, and asked UNECE and FAO to develop global forest-related indicators related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), building on existing indicators.

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Second Committee Discusses Post-2015 Macroeconomic Issues [viewed]

unga7028 October 2015: UN Member States addressed how international trade, the international financial system, external debt sustainability and commodities can contribute to development during a discussion of macroeconomic policy questions. Delegates also addressed the follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development.

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OECD Publishes 2015 Indicators Report 'Environment at a Glance' [viewed]

OECD_NEW26 October 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its 'Environment at a Glance 2015,' which updates environmental, socio-economic and sectoral indicators for OECD countries. The publication, which provides an overview of OECD country progress on major environmental issues, is intended to inform policy development and evaluation.

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UNFCCC 2015 Momentum for Change Awards Announced [viewed]

UNFCCC27 October 2015: The Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity awards, which honor innovative, scalable and replicable climate actions from around the world, have been announced. The 16 selected initiatives come from around the world and a variety of sectors, highlighting inspiring mitigation and adaptation activities. The announcement of the 2015 Lighthouse Activities comes as Parties to the UNFCCC prepare to adopt a universal climate change agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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Event: 24th Session of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

The 24th Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy will meet under the theme ‘Pathways to Sustainable Energy'. The meeting will provide the opportunity for member States to review progress on implementing the Programme of Work 2014-2015, before discussing and endorsing the future programme of work 2016-2017 and the strategic framework of the UNECE sub-programme on sustainable energy 2018-2019. The meeting will focus on the Committee and its six subsidiary bodies on energy efficiency, cleaner electricity production, coal mine methane, gas, renewable energy and resource classification. An international high-level panel on 19 November 2015 will explore what sustainable energy means for the UNECE region, for both reducing the energy environmental footprint and ensuring needed energy for sustainable development. The meeting will be preceded by the third edition of the Geneva Energy Conversations on 17 November, which will address the role of fossil fuels in sustainable energy systems.  

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GEF Council Reappoints CEO Naoko Ishii for Second Term [viewed]

naoko_ishii23 October 2015: The 49th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a work program amounting to US$254.99 million. The work program comprises 17 project concepts and two programmatic approaches, focusing mainly on climate change and sustainable ecosystem management in the Amazon. In addition, GEF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson Naoko Ishii was appointed for a second four-year term.

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