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GEF Reports on Support to Non-Annex I Party NCs and BURs

GEF UNFCCC25 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the status of Global Environment Facility (GEF) project activities related to non-Annex I parties' national communications (NCs) and biennial update reports (BURs), as provided by the GEF (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.22). The information, which was requested by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), includes the dates funding was approved and disbursed, and the approximate date of the NC or BUR submission.

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UNFCCC 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award Winners Announced

momentum-change25 November 2014: The UNFCCC's Momentum for Change initiative has announced the 12 winners of the 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards, which include both “large, game-changing solutions and small, entrepreneurial efforts." Each of the 12 activities touches on one of four areas related to action: by and for the urban poor; that fosters women's leadership; that unlocks climate finance; and action that uses information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

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UNFCCC Assesses Options for Market and Non-Market Mechanisms

UNFCCC24 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published three technical papers on market and non-market mechanisms under the Convention, for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 41st session taking place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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UNFCCC Publishes Status of Contributions to Trust Funds

UNFCCC24 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note containing information on the status of receipt of contributions to the UNFCCC trust funds as of 15 November 2014, as well as the status of indicative contributions to the Kyoto Protocol, which is reported separately.

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UNFCCC Synthesizes Annex I Parties' Sixth National Communications, First Biennial Reports

UNFCCC24 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has compiled into two reports a synthesis of the national communications (NCs) and biennial reports (BRs) received from Annex I parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.20/Add.1 and FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.20/Add.2). The Secretariat has also published an Executive Summary of the Compilation and Synthesis (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.20).

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ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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WMO Supports African Countries Forecast Hazardous Weather

WMO21 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that a project aimed at helping meteorological services in developing countries to provide forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather is gaining momentum in Africa. The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) has improved lead times and reliable alerts for heavy rain, severe winds and high waves, thus assisting in the protection of people and property, and supporting such sectors as farming, fishing and transportation.

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UNFCCC Reports on GHG Inventory Guidelines Workshop

UNFCCC21 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the summary of the second technical workshop of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) on the revision of the 'Guidelines for the Technical Review of Greenhouse Gas Inventories from Parties Included in Annex I to the Convention' (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.22).

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UNFCCC Revises Draft GHG Inventory Guidelines

UNFCCC21 November 2014: The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) has undertaken, as mandated by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP), a review of the 'Guidelines for the Technical Review of Greenhouse Gas Inventories from Parties Included in Annex I to the Convention.'

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UNITAR, Gabon Cooperate on Diplomacy, Climate Change

Unitar20 November 2014: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Government of Gabon have signed two agreements aimed at strengthening multilateral diplomacy and building the capacity of Gabonese diplomats and Ministerial officials. As outlined in the agreements, UNITAR's Multilateral Diplomacy Programme will continue training the country's diplomats in a range of fields, including climate change, through 2015.

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CIF Governing Body Confirms Funds' Mandate

CIF20 November 2014: The semi-annual Climate Investment Funds (CIF) governing body meetings concluded in a unanimous commitment to the CIF mandate in the future in order to ensure continuity of climate finance and action. The meeting also emphasized the need to maintain diversity of financing options, and complementarity and coherence of CIF with other sources of climate finance.

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Samoa Launches Largest-Ever GEF LDC Fund Adaptation Project

GEF UNDP7 November 2014: Samoa launched a US$12.3 million project on climate adaptation, the largest national project to be funded under the Least Development Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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South East Europe to Improve Provision of Climate Services

gfcs24 November 2014: A regional workshop in South East Europe (SEE) discussed pooling knowledge and expertise to improve the provision of user-friendly climate services in order to increase resilience against weather and climate extremes. Attendees included meteorologists, hydrologists, disaster, health, water and agricultural managers, as well as representatives of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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Canada Pledges Funding to GCF

CANADA Flag21 November 2014: The Government of Canada has announced it will commit CAD$300 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The announcement was made ahead of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, to be held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014, and just after the first GCF pledging conference, which took place in Berlin, Germany, on 20 November 2014.

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SDSN Outlines Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the US

unsdsn20 November 2014: The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) has released a report demonstrating that the US could achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2050. Using what the report indicates are conservative economic assumptions and existing or near-commercial technologies, the report creates four low-carbon scenarios, all leading to the 80% cut, which translates into an 83% reduction over 2005 levels.

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UNFCCC Synthesizes Views on Updating National Reporting Guidelines

UNFCCC20 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has produced a technical paper synthesizing the views of parties on updating the guidelines for the national communications (NCs) of Annex I parties (FCCC/TP/2014/5). The paper also analyzes the current reporting guidelines to determine areas that may need revision to provide coherence, consistency and alignment with the most recent decisions of the Conference of the Parties (COP).

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UNFCCC Reports on Annex I National GHG Inventory Data for 1990-2012

UNFCCC17 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory data for Annex I countries for the period 1990–2012 and the status of reporting of Annex I countries' GHG inventories in 2014 (FCCC/SBI/2014/20).

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UNFCCC Publishes Annex B Parties' Compilation and Accounting Information

UNFCCC17 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual compilation and accounting report for Kyoto Protocol Annex B parties for 2014 (FCCC/KP/CMP/2014/7) and the compilation and accounting information for each Annex B party (FCCC/KP/CMP/2014/7/Add.1).

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El Niño Conference Addresses Regional Processes and Impacts

WMO14 November 2014: The Third International Conference on ENSO, which met under the theme ‘Bridging the Gaps between the Global ENSO Science and the Regional Processes, Extremes and Impacts,' aimed to review progress on the science of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and regional processes to improve the ENSO prediction and related regional impacts.

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US$9.3 Billion Pledged to GCF

green-climate-fund-new20 November 2014: Representatives from 21 governments presented pledges at the Green Climate Fund (GCF) High-Level Pledging Conference amounting to US$9.3 billion. The GCF underlined that this is the highest sum ever raised within a five-month period for an international financing mechanism dedicated to combating climate change.

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