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High-Level Climate Change Appointments Announced

UNFCCC20 May 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced three high-level appointments in the field of climate change: Patricia Espinosa Cantellano (Mexico) as the next Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC; and Mary Robinson (Ireland) and Macharia Kamau (Kenya) as Special Envoys of the Secretary-General on El Niño and Climate.

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Countries Discuss Role of IPCC in Global Stocktake under UNFCCC

IPCCUNFCCC18 May 2016: Governments have requested additional reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and decided to incorporate the latest science as part of the Paris Agreement's global stocktake process, which will take place every five years in order to strengthen implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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UNEP Report Addresses Loss and Damage and the Role of Ecosystem Services

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report that aims to enhance understanding of climatic stressor effects on ecosystems and possible correlations and implications for societal losses and damages. The report, titled 'Loss and Damage: The Role of Ecosystem Services,' discusses climate impacts on specific ecosystem services, including on provisioning services, regulating services, supporting services and cultural services.

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US, Nordic Countries Pledge to Ratify Paris Agreement, Protect the Arctic

us_nordic_countries13 May 2016: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the US have released a joint statement pledging enhanced cooperation on climate, energy and the Arctic, as well as on economic growth and global development.

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GFDRR Report Calls for Transformative Approach to Assessing Risk

risker_future_gfdrr16 May 2016: The world is unprepared for an increasing rise in disasters, resulting from climate change, rising populations and greater vulnerability of those living in big cities and unregulated housing, according to a report by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The report calls for a radical new approach to assessing risk that accounts for rapid changes in global disaster risk.

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Bonn Climate Talks Open, Focus on Implementation of the Paris Agreement

UNFCCC16 May 2016: The Bonn Climate Change Conference opened on 16 May, at the World Conference Center Bonn, in Bonn, Germany. The meeting comprises the 44th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44), as well as the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1).

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Adaptation Conference Emphasizes Resilience, Financial Inclusion, Links with Development

adaptation_futures201613 May 2016: Adaptation Futures 2016, the fourth biennial worldwide conference on climate change adaptation, advanced climate change adaptation issues along a range of themes, including: cities and infrastructure; food, forestry and rural livelihoods; fresh water availability and access; public health; ecosystems and ecosystem-based adaptation; disaster risk reduction (DRR); the Arctic; risk assessment, adaptation planning and evaluation; institutions and governance; and finance, investment and business. The Conference aimed to move climate change adaptation forward by promoting public, commercial and policy solutions across sectors, borders and communities.

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Mitigation Update: COP 21 Carbon Footprint Released, CDM Provides Lessons Learned for Paris Agreement

cop21_iea13 May 2016: In December 2015, 196 Party delegations, plus countless observers, advisers, activists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private companies gathered in Paris, France, to try to agree on a universally-agreeable path to addressing climate change. But what immediate and direct effect on climate change did the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 21) itself have? This Mitigation Update includes the recently announced total carbon footprint for the COP 21 event, highlights the role the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) can have in shaping part of the Paris Agreement implementation and previews the focus on renewables the International Energy Agency (IEA) will have this year.

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COP 21 and COP 22 Presidencies Share Reflections on Paris Agreement Implementation in Preparation for May Conference

UNFCCC6 May 2016: The French Presidency of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and the incoming COP 22 Moroccan Presidency have issued an aide-mémoire summarizing the informal consultations on the implementation of the Paris Agreement and a reflections note on taking the Paris Agreement forward. The note contains proposals for the organization of work during the 44th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44) and the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1) as well as during COP 22.

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CCAFS Online Tool Provides Practical Knowledge for Climate-Smart Agriculture

CGIARApril 2016: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has launched an online guide on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) that aims to provide practitioners, researchers and decision makers with the resources required to develop strategies to implement the CSA approach to food security and sustainable development.

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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

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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Annual Cost of Adaptation Significantly Understated, UNEP Reports

UNEP10 May 2016: According to a report titled 'The Adaptation Finance Gap Report 2016,' which was just released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the cost of adapting to climate change in developing countries could rise to between US$280 and US$500 billion per year by 2050, a figure that is four to five times greater than previous estimates.

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ECOSOC Discusses 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework in Addressing El Niño Impacts

ECOSOC6 May 2016: During a Special Meeting hosted by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), experts analyzed the effects of the 2015/2016 El Niño phenomenon, which has affected over 60 million people. The event, titled 'Impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño Phenomenon: Reducing Risks and Capturing Opportunities,' was mandated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to consider the socioeconomic and environmental dimensions of El Niño, as well as the resilience measures undertaken by countries to confront it.

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UNFCCC Addresses Economic Diversification in the Context of Response Measures

UNFCCC6 May 2016: In preparation for the 44th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44), the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a technical paper, titled 'The concept of economic diversification in the context of response measures' (FCCC/TP/2016/3). The paper provides an overview of the work undertaken under the Convention on economic diversification initiatives in the context of the impacts of the implementation of response measures, general concepts of economic diversification and guidance on how to approach economic diversification at the national level.

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French, Moroccan COP Presidents Call for Maintaining the "Spirit of Paris"

UNFCCC6 May 2016: Parties to the UNFCCC will meet from 16-26 May, in Bonn, Germany, to discuss a number of matters that will eventually be forwarded to the Conference of the Parties (COP) serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA), once the Agreement has entered into force. A reflections note released by the French COP Presidency and the incoming Moroccan COP Presidency gives a preview of how negotiations will be conducted in Bonn, as well as how France and Morocco plan to promote successful implementation of the Agreement over the coming years.

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Climate Action 2016 Event Builds Momentum to Implement Paris Agreement

climate_action20166 May 2016: Two weeks after the Paris Agreement on climate change was opened for signature, an estimated 700 representatives from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, national governments and the private sector gathered in Washington, DC, for “Climate Action 2016,” to continue building momentum and partnerships for global action to address climate change. The two-day event involved keynote speeches and round table discussions in which participants discussed the challenges and opportunities to turn the “intended” nationally determined contributions (INDCs) developed under the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) into “implemented” NDCs.

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

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

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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Selection of Future UNEP, UNFCCC Leaders Announced

unep_unfccc3 May 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced his intention to appoint Patricia Espinosa (Mexico) as the next Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Erik Solheim (Norway) as the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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INDC Analyses Show Improvement, Need for Radical Action

unfccc_etc_wcrp2 May 2016: The UNFCCC Seceretariat has released an updated synthesis report outlining the aggregate effect of the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted by 189 Parties as of 4 April 2016. The report finds that full implementation of both the conditional and unconditional actions outlined in the INDCs would result in total aggregate global emission levels of 55 (51.4-57.3) Gt carbon dioxide (CO2)-equivalent (eq) in 2025 and 56.2 (52-59.3) Gt CO2-eq in 2030. While this emissions trajectory does show an improvement over likely pre-INDC scenarios, it is far from those consistent with the goal of limiting warming to 2°C or 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

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