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Climate Finance for Global Impact
Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF) - Climate Finance for Global Impact
by Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

GEF:_US$3_Billion Climate Finance for Global Impact Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. It is no longer a threat; it is already a reality. Atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations continue to increase at a rapid pace, and will exceed 400 ppm in the very near term. continued...
Sweden Announces US$550 Million GCF Contribution
Read More: Sweden Announces US$550 Million GCF Contribution
22_October 2014: The Government of Sweden has announced its intention to increase Green Climate Fund (GCF) financing by approximately US$550 million (SEK 4 billion), for the Fund's initial resource mobilization process, and to allocate an additional SEK 500 million to international climate action. continued...
CBFP Partners Meeting Calls for Expansion of Focus Beyond Tropical Forests
Read More: CBFP Partners Meeting Calls for Expansion of Focus Beyond Tropical Forests
22_October 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) convened a partners meeting to discuss climate change adaptation and mitigation in Central Africa. The meeting focused mostly on REDD+, community forestry, agriculture and climate change, impacts of climate change on mangroves, and mitigation in arid areas, with participants concluding that while significant attention has been paid to REDD+ in Central Africa, the discourse needs to be expanded to include other ecosystems beyond tropical forests. continued...
TEC Presents Recommendations on Linkages between Technology, Financial Mechanisms of UNFCCC
Read More: TEC Presents Recommendations on Linkages between Technology, Financial Mechanisms of UNFCCC
21_October 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing recommendations of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) on the linkages between the Technology Mechanism and the Financial Mechanism of the Convention. continued...
Central African Countries Agree to Regional SE4ALL Vision
Read More: Central African Countries Agree to Regional SE4ALL Vision
21_October 2014: Central African countries have come together to back a regional policy on universal energy access and to promote social and economic development under the UN-led Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. In committing to a SE4ALL Action Agenda, countries will focus on doubling the share of renewables and the rate of energy efficiency improvement, as well as ensuring access to modern energy services for their populations. continued...
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases 2013 Results Report
Read More: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases 2013 Results Report
21_October 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has released the second report in its annual series designed to recap the activities of the Alliance and its partners, analyze global progress toward providing cleaner cooking technology and fuel, and identify trends in this area. The report, titled '2013 Results Report: Sharing Progress on the Path to Adoption of Cleaner and More Efficient Cooking Solutions,' highlights eight Country Action Plans that were launched in 2013. continued...
Bioversity International and NAFRI Discuss Crop Diversification in South East Asian Countries
Read More: Bioversity International and NAFRI Discuss Crop Diversification in South East Asian Countries
20_October 2014: During a two-day workshop, participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam discussed how agriculture-based interventions, in particular crop diversification, can strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation. continued...
Seychelles Qualifies for World Bank Resilience Financing
Read More: Seychelles Qualifies for World Bank Resilience Financing
15_October 2014: The World Bank announced that Seychelles has become the first African country to gain access to the Bank's contingency financing to help build resilience and better respond to natural disasters, such as cyclones, flooding and landslides. The financing will allow Seychelles to access a reserve of US$7 million in the aftermath of any natural disaster declared an emergency by the government. continued...
IPCC Launches Full Working Group II Report
Read More: IPCC Launches Full Working Group II Report
15_October 2014: Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched the full version of its contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR4), titled ‘Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,' which includes a Summary for Policymakers (SPM), a Technical Summary, 30 assessment chapters, cross-chapter boxes, frequently asked questions and high-resolution graphics. continued...
TEC Workshop Focuses on Strengthening National Systems of Innovation for Climate Action
Read More: TEC Workshop Focuses on Strengthening National Systems of Innovation for Climate Action
14_October 2014: The Technology Executive Committee (TEC) of the UNFCCC held a workshop on strengthening national systems of innovation in developing countries. The workshop outlined the complexities of a national system of innovation, pointing the way to policies, regulatory frameworks and standards that could invigorate and sustain innovation. The workshop also highlighted the co-benefits of climate innovation as a driver of economic growth and well-being. continued...
UNDP Ecosystem-based Adaptation Event Discusses Links to Post-2015 Agenda
Read More: UNDP Ecosystem-based Adaptation Event Discusses Links to Post-2015 Agenda
9_October_2014: A UN Development Programme (UNDP) event examined how ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) can contribute to the post-2015 development agenda. The event, which gathered representatives from government, multilateral institutions and NGOs, concluded that a climate-resilient future will not be possible without a strong emphasis on EbA, and that EbA can also contribute to sustainable development more broadly. continued...
'Toward 2015' Co-Chairs Release Report
Read More: 'Toward 2015' Co-Chairs Release Report
October_2014: With a view to creating an informal dialogue among countries as leaders work toward a 2015 agreement on climate change, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) has convened officials from 20 countries under the initiative 'Toward 2015: An International Climate Dialogue.' The co-chairs of the group have released a report presenting their views, drawing on the discussions thus far. continued...
Climate Change Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
2014 Executive Assembly of the World Energy Council Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia 20 Oct - 24 Oct
Bonn Climate Change Conference October 2014: ADP 2-6 Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 20 Oct - 25 Oct
GHG Inventory Training Seminar Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 21 Oct - 23 Oct
65th Meeting of the CDM Methodology Panel Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 21 Oct - 24 Oct
Arctic Council: Senior Arctic Officials Meeting Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada 22 Oct - 23 Oct
First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting (AMRF) Arusha, Tanzania 22 Oct - 24 Oct
Third Meeting of the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 26 Oct
Expert Workshop on the Review of the TTE Training Programme Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 26 Oct - 27 Oct
46th Meeting of the CDM Small-Scale Working Group Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 27 Oct - 30 Oct
47th Meeting of the GEF Council Washington D.C., US 27 Oct - 30 Oct
IPCC 40 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 27 Oct - 31 Oct
Fifth African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo - C5) Arusha, Tanzania 27 Oct - 2 Nov
COP 20 Global Stakeholders Dialogues: Taking Action on Climate Change Lima, Peru 28 Oct - 30 Oct
First Ministerial and Policy Conference on Sustainable Transport Nairobi, Kenya 28 Oct - 30 Oct
ICAO Environmental ​Seminars in the APAC Region Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia 28 Oct - 30 Oct
 
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