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European Council Agrees on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework

European Council24 October 2014: The European Council has endorsed a binding EU target of at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 compared to 1990, and will submit its contribution under the UNFCCC by the first quarter of 2015, in accordance with the timeline agreed at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19). The target is part of the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework agreed by the European Council at its meeting on 23-24 October 2014.

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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Co-Chairs Release Zero Draft of Post-2015 DRR Framework

UNISDR21 October 2014: The Preparatory Committee of the Third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction's (DRR) has issued the Zero Draft of the post-2015 framework, prepared by the Committee's Co-Chairs, Päivi Kairamo, Finland, and Thani Thongphakdi, Thailand. The Zero Draft, which builds on the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), will be discussed at the PrepCom's Second Session, in November 2014. The final version is expected to be adopted at the March 2015 Conference.

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Sweden Announces US$550 Million GCF Contribution

swedish flag22 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.

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TEC Presents Recommendations on Linkages between Technology, Financial Mechanisms of UNFCCC

UNFCCC21 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.

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Seychelles Qualifies for World Bank Resilience Financing

World Bank15 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.

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IPCC Launches Full Working Group II Report

IPCC15 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.

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TEC Workshop Focuses on Strengthening National Systems of Innovation for Climate Action

UNFCCC14 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.

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'Toward 2015' Co-Chairs Release Report

c2esOctober 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.

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Human Rights Experts Publish an Open Letter to UNFCCC State Parties

OHCHR 221 October 2014: A group of independent experts of the Human Rights Council of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published an open letter, titled ‘A New Climate Change Agreement Must Include Human Rights Protections for All.' The letter urges State Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to recognize the adverse impacts of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights and to adopt urgent and ambitious measures to prevent further harm.

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WMO: September 2014 Average Temperature Breaks Records

WMO21 October 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported record-breaking average temperatures in many parts of the world during the first three quarters of 2014. Drawing from a variety of datasets in the run-up to its provisional annual 'Statement on the Status of the Global Climate,' to be released in November, WMO also announced that Arctic sea ice shrunk to its 2014 minimum of 1.94 million square miles on 17 September, the sixth smallest area since 1979. Antarctic ice, however, reached its largest annual maximum (7.76 million square miles) since 1979 on 22 September.

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Climate Field School Increases Agricultural Productivity, Food Security

WMO21 October 2014: The Climate Field School, organized by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) with the Agriculture Agency of Banten Province in the village of Gempolsari, convened for a three-month session from 14 July to 3 October 2014, during which farmers reported a 25% increase in corn harvests.

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UNIDO Refrigeration Project in Viet Nam to Address Climate Change and Ozone Layer Depletion

UNIDO21 October 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched an industrial refrigeration project, titled ‘Reducing greenhouse gas and ozone-depleting substance emissions through technology transfer in industrial refrigeration.' The project was launched in Hanoi, Viet Nam, to help the country address climate change and ozone layer depletion challenges.

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Policy Guide on Mandates and Entry Points for Gender Equality Under UNFCCC Published

ggca-wedo-iucn20 October 2014: The Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), on behalf of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), have published a technical guide, titled ‘United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Decisions and Conclusions: Existing mandates and entry points for gender equality.' The publication was prepared for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, which will take place in Lima, Peru, from 1-12 December 2014.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Questions and Answers on Legal and Institutional Aspects of the 2015 Agreement

UNFCCC20 October 2014: The Legal Affairs Programme of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a document, titled ‘Questions and answers on some legal and institutional aspects of the 2015 agreement.' The document was prepared for the sixth part of the second session of negotiations under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 20-25 October 2014. The UNFCCC Secretariat has prepared the questions and answers at the request of the ADP Co-Chairs.

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Mitigation Partnership Hosts African Regional Peer-to-Peer Exchange on BURs

Partnership on Mitigation and MRV17 October 2014: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (measuring, reporting and verification) hosted a workshop on preparing biennial update reports (BURs) for African countries. The 'African Regional Workshop: Peer-to-Peer Exchange on BURs,' organized in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana, was the second such experience-sharing event for African Parties preparing national communications under the UNFCCC.

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Structured Expert Dialogue Assesses Adequacy of Long-Term Global Goal

UNFCCC16 October 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a summary report of the third meeting of the structured expert dialogue (SED 3), which aimed to contribute to assessing the adequacy of the long-term global goal and overall progress towards achieving it based on the contributions of Working Groups II (WGII) and III (WGIII) to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). During SED 3, IPCC experts presented findings from AR5 WGII and WGIII and highlighted their relevance to both themes of the 2013–2015 review, which was followed by a moderated discussion.

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Transboundary Basins Workshop Focuses on Adaptation to Climate Change

UNECE15 October 2014: The Fifth Workshop on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins focused on developing and implementing climate change adaptation strategies and measures, taking into account specific outcomes at the transboundary level. The workshop brought together experts working on adaptation to climate variability and change, with a focus on transboundary basins, and was preceded by the 7th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate on 13 October. It was convened under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, with support from the Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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ADB Workshop Examines Climate Change Implications in Mekong Region

ADB-Greater Mekong10 October 2014: Following a workshop that examined 'Mekong Protected Areas and Climate Change – Implications for Livelihoods and Development,' over 60 participants from the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are returning home to implement country action plans based on the best practices, tools and adaptation strategies learned at the workshop. The results of the workshop will also inform the 'Protected Areas, Development, and Climate Change in the GMS (PAD2)' project, set to commence in 2015.

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GCF Publishes Compilation of Submissions on Investment Framework

green-climate-fund-newOctober 2014: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has published a compilation of submissions on the Fund's investment framework. Following the adoption of the Fund's initial investment framework in August 2014, the GCF Board's Investment Committee is considering elements for further development of the framework, including: definitions for activity-specific sub-criteria and a set of activity-specific indicators; minimum benchmarks for each criterion, consideration of best practices of other institutions; and identification and comparison of methodologies for assessing the relative quality and innovativeness of comparable funding proposals in comparable circumstances.

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