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UNFCCC, SLoCaT Discuss Sustainable Transport Collaboration

unfccc-slocat25 July 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat met with the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) Secretary General and representatives of the Bridging the Gap Initiative (BtG) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) to coordinate their cooperation on sustainable and low-carbon transport initiatives. Areas of planned collaboration include Technical Expert Meetings (TEMs), capacity-building workshops, Transport Days, fact sheets and the formulation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

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HDR 2014 Identifies Climate Change as Critical Development Challenge

UNDP24 July 2014: Addressing vulnerabilities is critical to ensure equitable and sustainable human development, according to the 2014 Human Development Report (HDR). The report, titled ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience,' considers factors that contribute risks to human development and ways to strengthen resilience.

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UNESCO Nepal Consults Climate Change Education Stakeholders

UNESCO24 July 2014: A national consultation workshop on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD) organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office in Kathmandu, Nepal, and the Curriculum Development Centre (CDC) of Nepal was held in Kathmandu on 17 July 2017.

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UNFCCC SBSTA 40 Report Published

UNFCCC18 July 2014: The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has published the report of its 40th session, which convened in Bonn, Germany, from 4-15 June 2014.

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Social Pre-COP Preparatory Event Issues Margarita Declaration

logo-precop18 July 2014: A preparatory event for the Social Pre-COP on Climate Change, organized by the Government of Venezuela, resulted in the "Margarita Declaration on Climate Change," which contains views of participating organizations and movements structured around the themes of intergenerational equality and rights, and good and sustainable living. The results of the preparatory event will be presented to the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit in September 2014.

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UN CC:Learn Launches Good Learning Practices Tool

UN CC Learn18 July 2014: The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) Secretariat has launched a tool on good learning practices in the area of climate change.

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UNFCCC SBI 40 Report Published

UNFCCC18 July 2014: The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has published the report on its 40th session held in Bonn, Germany, from 4-15 June 2014.

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WCDRR PrepCom1 Identifies Priorities for Post-2015 DRR Framework

UNISDR15 July 2014: The First Session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom1) of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) met to review the organizational and substantive preparations for the Conference, approve its programme of work, and propose its rules of procedure. Over 600 government representatives and experts attended the conference, with broadly converging views on how to address threats posed by disasters and climate change.

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Montreal Protocol OWEG 34 Addresses HFCs, MLF Replenishment

oewg3421 July 2014: Delegates at the 34th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 34) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer considered: a progress report of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP); organizational issues related to the TEAP; the report of the TEAP on 2015-2017 Multilateral Fund (MLF) replenishment; nominations for essential-use exemptions and critical-use exemptions; alternatives to ozone depleting substances (ODS); the outcomes of the workshop on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) management; and a proposal for extending an exemption for laboratory and analytical uses.

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CDM Executive Board Agrees Improvements to Stakeholder Consultation

UNFCCC18 July 2014: At its 80th meeting, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board has agreed on rules to ensure that local stakeholders have a say in CDM emission-reduction projects.

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On Mandela Day, Activists Urge Action on Climate and Poverty

mandela-day18 July 2014: On the occasion of Mandela Day, Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono, Muhammad Yunus, Mo Ibrahim and Malala Yousafzai sent an open letter to world leaders urging them to agree on commitments to address poverty, inequality and climate change in 2015.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue Addresses Expectations for Lima

german-ministry-logo17 July 2014: The fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue, which met under the theme 'Addressing the urgency – stepping up our contributions,' aimed to introduce new ideas in the UN climate negotiations and discuss new strategies in preparation for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. In her statement to ministers at the event, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged €750 million to climate change and the initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), noting that this is in addition to the €3.2 billion Germany has already contributed to climate efforts in recent years.

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CCAC Approves New Initiative on Short-lived Climate Pollutants in Cities

CCAC17 July 2014: A meeting of the Working Group of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) shared updates on partner initiatives and discussed preparations for key climate meetings in September 2014. The working group also agreed to a new initiative concept on addressing short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in cities.

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Major Economies Forum Focuses on Finance, Nationally-Determined Contributions

major-economies12 July 2014: Seventeen of the world's largest economies met for the 19th meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate. This iteration of the MEF focused on reaching the political consensus needed for a successful outcome at the 20th session of the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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European Ministerial Discusses Post-2015 DRR Framework

UNISDR10 July 2014: The first-ever European Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) brought together representatives from 40 European countries to exchange views on developing a post-2015 DRR framework, to be endorsed at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.

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Mitigation Partnership's Asian Workshop Provides MRV Training

Partnership on Mitigation and MRV9 July 2014: The 'Asian Regional Workshop: Tracking Mitigation Actions in Asia' brought together participants from Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam to hear from experts and share experiences on measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of climate change mitigation actions.

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UN CC:Learn Launches Climate Change Science Guides

UN CC:Learn1 July 2014: The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) Secretariat has launched two resource guides for those interested in gaining a more advanced understanding of climate change science: one on the fundamentals of climate science; and the other on predicting and projecting climate change.

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European Commission Quantifies Cost of Climate Impacts

European Union 25 June 2014: Climate change-related damage could cost the EU €190 billion or more unless further climate action is taken, according to a study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The study seeks to quantify the biophysical impacts of climate change on household welfare and economic activity by examining climate impacts on ten sectors in five EU regions through a broad set of climate model simulations.

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ADB Workshop Focuses on Transport, Energy NAMAs in Central Asia

ADB18 June 2014: Forty policy makers from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan participated in the regional workshop on 'NAMA Readiness and Investment Training for Mitigation Activities in the Energy and Transport Sectors.' Participants learned about the design, implementation and monitoring of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), shared regional NAMA experience and progress, and discussed the financing of NAMA components.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Special Envoy on Climate Change

mary-robinson14 July 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as his Special Envoy for Climate Change. Robinson was brought on to engage Heads of State and Government, help mobilize political will and action, and raise ambition in advance of the 2014 Climate Summit.

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