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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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Tonga Submits INDC [viewed]

tonga4 December 2015: The Kingdom of Tonga submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), on 4 December 2015, to the UNFCCC. Including Tonga, 186 Parties to the UNFCCC have formally submitted their INDCs.

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Coalition Announces US$80 Million for Climate Risk Early Warning Systems [viewed]

cop212 December 2015: A coalition of countries and international organizations including the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) launched the Climate Risk Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative, in order to: strengthen support for early warning systems in vulnerable countries; protect and shelter populations exposed to extreme climate events; and mobilize additional financing.

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December Update on Doha Amendment Ratification [viewed]

UNFCCC2 December 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Argentina, the Bahamas, Cambodia, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of Parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 57.

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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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Angola, Brunei Darussalam, Jamaica, Malaysia, Nigeria, Palau and Tuvalu Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC1 December 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Angola, Brunei Darussalam, Jamaica, Malaysia, Nigeria, Palau and Tuvalu have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 185.

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Initiatives Announced to Double Clean Energy Research and Development [viewed]

cop2130 November 2015: Twenty major economies launched an initiative to double their investments in clean energy research and development (R&D), while a group of private major investors announced a coalition pledged to invest in early-stage development of technology coming out of the aforementioned initiative. Both were formally announced at the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Opens with Financial Pledges at Leaders Event [viewed]

iisdrs_cop2130 November 2015: Heads of State and Government attending the Leaders Event on the first day of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) addressed, inter alia: the inclusion of gender for ensuring climate justice; the importance of differentiation; the legal form of the agreement; the periodicity of the review process; transparency and accountability rules; whether or not to anchor loss and damage in a permanent mechanism; the role of natural capital accounting; the link between climate change and development; balancing mitigation and adaptation finance; technology transfer in providing mitigation support; and the need to address the degradation of forests, desertification, and biodiversity loss.

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Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué Presented to UNFCCC [viewed]

UNFCCC30 November 2015: At the opening of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, New Zealand's Prime Minster John Key presented the Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christina Figueres. The Communiqué, which calls on the international community to increase efforts to phase out subsidies for fossil fuel production and use, was endorsed by 40 governments and more than 100 businesses and international organizations.

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APEC Ministers Commit to Implementing UN Goals, Address Energy Intensity [viewed]

apec19 November 2015: Ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries affirmed their commitment to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development (AAAA) at the close of the 23rd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting meeting. APEC leaders also adopted the APEC Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Framework to facilitate international cooperation cooperation on DRR.

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