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WMO: 2014 on Track to be Europe's Warmest Year on Record

Wmo17 December 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that analysis of European temperature data from January through November 2014 confirms that 2014 will almost certainly be Europe's warmest year on record. A new analysis of European temperature records dating back to the 1500s estimates the January-December annual mean temperature to be .3°C above the previous record set in 2007.

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FAO Reports on Mesoamerican LULUCF Workshop

FAO16 December 2014: The Mesoamerican Workshop on National Emissions Inventories and Mitigation Plans in Agriculture, Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) assisted 15 countries in identifying resources and methods in order to improve their reporting under the UNFCCC, according to the workshop's final report, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The report also relays the major challenges these countries face in both implementing and reporting on measures to address climate change.

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African Sustainable Transport Forum Outcome Document Released

astf15 December 2014: Following the inaugural conference of the African Sustainable Transport Forum (ASTF), an outcome document has been published that summarizes the ASTF's ministerial session and the ASTF Action Framework. The Framework includes 13 actions and an institutional structure for the ASTF Secretariat. It also presents a roadmap for sustainable transport in Africa, based on a harmonization of priority action areas identified by conference participants.

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IEA Projects 2.1% Annual Growth in Coal Demand through 2019

IEA15 December 2014: The 2014 Medium-Term Coal Market Report, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), finds that coal demand will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 2.1% until 2019. China is expected to account for three-fifths of that demand, while modest declines in coal consumption in the US and EU will be offset by growth in India's demand, according to the report.

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Adaptation Fund Publishes 24th Board Meeting Report

Adaptation Fund12 December 2014: The Adaptation Fund has published the report from the Adaptation Fund Board's (AFB) 24th meeting, which met from 9-10 October 2014, in Bonn, Germany. The report contains the proceedings of the meeting, including summaries of the reports: on activities of the Chair; on activities of the Secretariat; of the Accreditation Panel; of the 14th meeting of the Project and Programme Review Committee (PPRC); and of the 15th meeting of the Ethics and Finance Committee.

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CGIAR Paper Analyzes Literature to Identify Key Trends in Adaptation Governance

CCAFSDecember 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has recently published a working paper, titled 'Systematic Review Approach to Identifying Key Trends in Adaptation Governance at the Supranational Level.' Authored by Livia Bizikova, Daniella Echeverria and Anne Hammill, the paper analyzes peer-reviewed literature on adaptation governance focused on food security at the supranational level.

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CGIAR Working Paper Analyzes Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security Governance through Comparative Politics

CCAFSDecember 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has recently published a working paper, titled 'The Comparative Turn in Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security Governance Research.' Its author, Mark Purdon, argues that the concepts and methods of comparative politics can shine light on political factors important for catalyzing positive change on the governance of climate change adaptation and food security in the developing world.

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China-Mongolia Climate Change Cooperation Promotes Food Security

fao-china-mongoliaDecember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported that South-South cooperation on climate change between China and Mongolia has resulted in improved food availability and accessibility for Mongolian consumers. Chinese experts and technicians worked in Mongolia over three years, teaching the use of technologies and techniques for crop and livestock production under extreme climatic conditions.

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Ethiopia Receives First ClimDev Africa Special Fund Grant

AU UNECA AFDB15 December 2014: Ethiopia will receive US$1.1 million from the Climate for Development in Africa (Clim-Dev Africa) Special Fund (CDSF) to strengthen its climate information and early warning systems for climate resilient adaptation and development, making it the first African country to benefit from the CDSF.

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ECLAC: Reducing Carbon Footprints Can Increase Competitiveness

ECLAC11 December 2014: Measuring and reducing the carbon footprints of production processes in Latin America and the Caribbean could improve the insertion in global trade of countries in the region, according to a side event hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) at the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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ECLAC Warns Against Increasing Climate Change Impacts in LAC

ECLAC10 December 2014: A report, published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), warns that climate change impacts in the region are already significant and will likely become more intense in the future. The report, titled ‘The economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development,' was presented during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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ECLAC, IDB, Peru Study the Economics of Climate Change in Peru

eclac-idb10 December 2014: A joint study by the Peruvian Government, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) predicts that the fishing, agriculture and livestock in the high Andes sectors will be the most affected by climate change in Peru in the coming years.

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Forum Promotes Climate Action through South-South Cooperation

UNEP8 December 2014: The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum, held in parallel to the Lima Climate Change Conference, established the basic value proposition and importance of South-South cooperation, identified its enablers and constraints, and outlined options and mechanisms for promoting it. Through discussions with practitioners, policymakers and academics, the Forum contributed to integrating South-South cooperation into negotiations on the post-2015 climate change agreement.

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World Bank Explores Climate Change-Poverty Relationship

fao-worldbankNovember 2014: The World Bank Group has published a paper that explores the relationship between climate change and poverty by examining the impact of climate change on: poor people's livelihoods and wellbeing; the risk for non-poor people to fall into poverty; and the ability of poor people to escape poverty. The document, titled ‘Climate Change and Poverty: An Analytical Framework,' proposes four “channels” that determine household consumption and through which households may escape from or fall into poverty: prices, assets, productivity and opportunities.

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Lima Call for Climate Action Lays Foundation for 2015 Agreement in Paris

cop20-closing14 December 2014: The Lima Climate Change Conference concluded with the Lima Call for Climate Action, which lays the groundwork for a 2015 climate agreement in Paris, including rules on how countries can submit intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) during the first quarter of 2015.

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COP 20 Event Reviews Russian Climate Policies, Progress and Prospects

limacop2012 December 2014: Organized by the Russian Federation and Center for Environmental Innovation (CEI), the event titled 'Goals and Objectives of the Russian Climate Policy up to 2020 and Prospects for 2030' described the country's goals to: achieve low-carbon sustainable development; implement environmental management systems and ecologically effective technologies; and develop the recycling industry. The event convened on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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UNF Event Reviews Energy Access Initiatives and Progress

limacop2012 December 2014: The goal of universal energy access by 2030 is "ambitious but achievable," according to a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference organized by the UN Foundation (UNF) and Women Environmental Programme (WEP) Nigeria. The event, titled 'Achieving Universal Energy Access: A Development Imperative in Addressing Climate Change,' outlined key issues around energy access and highlighted UNF efforts on the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

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Womens' Leadership Programme Announced during COP 20

elena9 December 2014: UNITAR, the WMO and the UNFCCC Secretariat, with the support of UN Women, have announced a Womens' Leadership Programme, which recognizes the role of women in addressing climate change issues and seeks to build leadership skills to ensure gender equality in weather and climate contexts.

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COP 20 Event Discusses Climate Finance Readiness

limacop2012 December 2014: At the event 'Tools for Climate Finance Readiness: Building Capacity to Support Increased Finance Flows,' adelphi and Transparency International (TI) facilitated a discussion on various approaches to capacity building, such as through e-learning courses; social media; local media, civil society and youth training; programmes in financial planning, access to finance, delivering finance, and monitoring and reporting; and policy incentives.

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GLF Statement Calls for Greater Participation and Coordination

fao-unep-cifor11 December 2014: The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) organizers and participants released an ‘Outcome Statement' that recognizes the link between healthy landscapes and efforts to address climate change. The statement reflects discussions among the 1,700 participants about how landscapes approaches contribute to sustainable solutions around the world.

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