Southwest Pacific

Commonwealth Members Commit to Ambitious Legally-Binding Climate Agreement [viewed]

commonwealth29 November 2015: The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) adopted a Leaders' Statement on Climate Action in which Commonwealth members reconfirm their commitment to negotiate a legally-binding agreement on climate change at the Paris Climate Change Conference that signals the need for deep emission cuts, promotes low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways and raises mitigation ambition over time.

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Niue Submits INDC [viewed]

niue25 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Niue has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 178. The submission expresses Niue's intent to achieve a 38% share of total electricity generation from renewable energy by 2020. Subject to additional international assistance, the country could accomplish 80% renewables by 2025, according to the INDC.

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Bahrain, Cuba, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kuwait, South Sudan, Yemen Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC24 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Bahrain, Cuba, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kuwait, South Sudan and Yemen have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 177.

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IEA, IPEEC Evaluate Energy Efficiency in Buildings of Major Economies [viewed]

iea_ipeec23 November 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) have co-published a report, titled 'Building Energy Performance Metrics: Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economies,' which lays out the current state of energy performance in buildings over the period 2000-2012. The report finds that efficiency could save the equivalent of building energy use in China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US combined annually.

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Cook Islands, Iran and Qatar Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC21 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Cook Islands, Iran and Qatar have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 171.

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UNFCCC Compiles Annex I Parties' Reporting on Minimizing Impacts of Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a paper (FCCC/WEB/ART314/2015) compiling the information provided by Annex I Parties that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol on efforts to minimize the adverse impacts associated with response measures, in accordance with Article 3.14 of the Protocol. According to the paper, 17 Parties submitted information in 2015 on minimizing these impacts in their National Inventory Reports (NIRs), with nine presenting major changes and/or additional information.

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WorldRisk Report 2015: Food Insecurity Increases Disaster Risk [viewed]

UNU17 November 2015: 
The UN University (UNU) has launched a report addressing the consequences of extreme natural events in 171 countries, and the connection between food security and disaster risk. Upon the report's launch, Peter Mucke, Managing Director of the WorldRiskReport 2015, said crises and disasters cause hunger, the “catastrophic effects of natural hazards” can be decreased by ensuring that people are fed, and hungry people are more vulnerable to disasters, wars and conflicts.

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G20 Summit Discusses 2030 Agenda, COP 21 [viewed]

g20-turkey16 November 2015: At the Antalya Summit, leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) discussed inclusiveness, investment and implementation – themes based on the Turkish Presidency's priorities – as well as sustainable development and climate change in the run-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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El Salvador, Nauru and Somalia Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that El Salvador, Nauru and Somalia have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 165. All three INDCs are submitted in the context of sustainable development plans or laws that are in place or that the countries have planned, and note that their contributions depend largely on external financing and support.

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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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