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UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

GEO619 May 2016: A series of regional reports on the state of the planet's health deliver the message that environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa.

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GFOI Web Application to Help Countries Develop National Forest Monitoring Systems [viewed]

gfoiMay 2016: The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI), an initiative of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), has launched REDDcompass, a web application to help countries develop national forest monitoring systems and procedures to measure, report and verify associated greenhouse gas emissions.

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Energy Actors Showcase Innovative Sustainable Energy Tools, Resources, Technologies and Business Models [viewed]

energy_actors13 May 2016: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which seeks to support countries in their transition to sustainable energy, has concluded its '2016 Innovation Week' following a series of activities that addressed the theme ‘The Age of Renewable Power.' IRENA's work on energy innovation aims, in part, to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). In addition to IRENA, many other actors have made recent announcements that are expected to contribute to SDG 7. The following update shares some of the latest news on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access tools, resources, technologies and initiatives stemming from intergovernmental efforts.

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Event: Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum [viewed]

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum will convene under the theme 'Adapting and Living below 2°C: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice'. One of the biggest climate change adaptation events in the region, the Forum will bring together representatives from over 50 countries, including policymakers, scientists, donors, and youth. The Forum will address adaptation planning, financing for adaptation, climate-resilient development and cross-learning across actors. It will explore platforms and concrete pathways to enhance partnerships among governments, civil society and business. The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment are organizing the event.  

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC, CTCN Board Meet, Capacity-Building Initiatives Focus on Renewables, Subsidiary Bodies Prepare for Bonn Session [viewed]

unfccc_unitar_unep_unhabitat_wmo11 May 2016: Under the international climate regime, industrialized countries provide developing States, in particular small island developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with financial, technical and capacity-building support to help them implement mitigation and adaptation actions. A number of key meetings related to technology issues took place over the past few weeks, including the twelfth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the seventh meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which set the course for the years ahead. The CTCN Advisory Board recently received its 100th request for assistance and kicked off its series of 2016 Stakeholder Engagement Forums. Some of the capacity-building activities that took place over the past month focused on renewables, while others traced linkages among climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Urban Resilience, DRR Enter the Limelight; Potentially Irreversible Harm Exposed [viewed]

adaptation_loss_damage 4 May 2016: The first target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) is to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries. Much of the news on adaptation and loss and damage coming out of the month of April contributed to the implementation of this target, including projects promoting climate resilience in urban and rural settings, and resilience in the field of agriculture.

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Seychelles, Gambia Sign Paris Agreement, Doha Amendment Reaches 65 Ratifications [viewed]

UNFCCC3 May 2016: Seychelles and the Gambia signed the Paris Agreement on 25 and 26 April respectively, signaling their intent to ratify the Agreement and their political will to implement it. These two signatures follow 175 that were garnered on 22 April at a High-Level Signing Ceremony hosted on the day the Agreement opened for signature.

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: Public Finance Leverages Private Flows to Renewables [viewed]

energy_finance1 May 2016: Universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy, the

seventh of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed last year, starts with access to finance. Looking at the sustainable energy finance news coming out of April, a number of initiatives went beyond simply funding projects. They also built the capacity of developing country governments and companies to develop energy efficiency, energy access and renewables projects that will qualify for finance. Similarly, many of the finance flows were intended to make projects more attractive to private sector investments, compounding the impact of public funds.

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Transparency and Compliance Update: Australia, New Zealand Inventory Review Reports and 17 True-Up Period Review Reports Released [viewed]

unfccc_fao2 May 2016: How does one ensure Parties are fulfilling their climate change commitments? The answer is a transparency and compliance regime. Transparency is vital for building international trust and confidence that action to address climate change is taking place, as well as for assessing how to facilitate further action. In the last month, documents issued by the UNFCCC Secretariat put Australia, Liechtenstein and New Zealand under the microscope, along with 17 developed countries that participated in the true-up period of the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period (CP1). A number of activities related to transparency for developing countries also took place.

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April 2016 Climate Finance Update: Key Meetings Mobilize Action, Adaptation Put under the Spotlight [viewed]

climate_finance_april_20161 May 2016: In the Paris Agreement, agreed upon by 195 UN Member States in December 2015, countries agreed to make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-resilient development.” Developing countries will receive financial resources for both mitigation and adaptation actions, while developed countries are expected to continue to lead in mobilizing climate finance from a variety of sources, with public funds playing a significant role in reaching the previously agreed US$100 billion annual target by 2020. Monthly IIDS RS Climate Finance Updates aim to help track multilateral financing to support the finance goal agreed under the UNFCCC, which will in turn contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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