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APP Highlights Africa's Energy and Climate Opportunities

app20 August 2015: The Africa Progress Panel (APP) has released its annual flagship publication, the Africa Progress Report (APR) 2015, titled 'Power, People, Planet: Seizing Africa's Energy and Climate Opportunities.' The APP consists of ten distinguished individuals from the private and public sector who advocate for equitable and sustainable development for Africa, and is chaired by Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General.

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Brazil, Germany Strengthen Cooperation Ahead of COP 21

germany-brazil20 August 2015: Brazil and Germany have expressed determination to work towards a successful 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. In a joint statement issued during Brazilian-German intergovernmental consultations, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the two countries would aim for “a fair, ambitious, long-term, comprehensive and legally binding agreement under the UNFCCC.”

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Dominican Republic Submits INDC

dominican republic flag18 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Dominican Republic is the 57th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which announces a conditional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 25% below 2010 levels by 2030. The INDC is communicated in the context of the country's vision for 2030, as supported by its 2030 National Development Strategy (NDS).

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August Update on Doha Amendment Ratification

UNFCCC18 August 2015: Since the month of May, the UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Azerbaijan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Liberia, Maldives, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, Seychelles, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Viet Nam have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of Parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 41.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Submits INDC

congo18 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the 56th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets a conditional emissions reduction target of 17% by 2030 compared to a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario. The Party's intended contribution is dependent on adequate support in the form of technology transfer, capacity development and financial resources.

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Islamic Climate Change Declaration Calls for Zero Emissions Strategy

islamic_climate_change18 August 2015: Islamic leaders, during an International Islamic Climate Change Symposium, called on the world's 1.6 billion Muslims to take an active role in combating climate change and urged governments to agree to a new climate change agreement in Paris. The Symposium convened to discuss proposed messages from the Islamic community and to mobilize stakeholders in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. It also aimed to seek consensus on an ‘Islamic Declaration on Climate Change,' which was drafted and circulated for comments prior to the symposium.

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Djibouti Submits INDC

Djibouti14 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Djibouti is the 55th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which communicates the Party's intention to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2030 by 40%, compared to projections in Djibouti's reference scenario. The Party adds that an additional 20% reduction could be achieved, conditional on new international funding, such as could be provided by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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Final Accounting of Kyoto Protocol First Commitment Period Commences

UNFCCC10 August 2015: Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol have entered the final 100 days of the Kyoto Protocol's accounting period, during which they can make up any shortfall in meeting their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol first commitment period.

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UNESCAP Argues for NAMAs in Waste Sector

UNESCAPAugust 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) argues for recognizing and rewarding the sustainable development benefits from waste management, in the context of developing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs).

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French, Peruvian UNFCCC COP Presidencies Release Aide-Mémoire

france-peru31 July 2015: During an informal ministerial meeting held in preparation for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, ministers discussed characteristics of the anticipated Paris agreement, differentiation and ambition, according to an aide-mémoire released by the Peruvian COP 20 Presidency and incoming French COP 21 Presidency. In addition, Parties discussed next steps in the lead-up to COP 21.

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Australia Submits INDC

Australian Flag11 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Australia is the 54th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. The Party intends to implement the higher range of the target if circumstances allow, considering such factors as the costs of technology.

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FYR Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Benin and US Announce Climate Plans

macedonia_trinidad_tobago_benin_us_flags7 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Benin have formally submitted intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 53. In addition, the US Government finalized its Clean Power Plan, an integral part of its INDC submitted on 31 March 2015.

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OECD Highlights Benefits of Integrating Climate, Development Financing

OECD_NEWJuly 2015: Integrating financing for climate change and development can help maximize low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmental sustainable pathways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a brief by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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GCF Calls for Public Input on Monitoring and Accountability Framework

green-climate-fund-new4 August 2015: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat is seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders on an Initial Monitoring and Accountability Framework for Accredited Entities. The Framework is being developed by the GCF Secretariat under the guidance of the GCF Board to ensure compliance with the GCF's fiduciary standards, environmental and social safeguards, and gender policy.

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July 2015 Climate Finance Update

climate_finance_au20151 August 2015: During the month of July, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) reported on climate finance developments. ADB, the European Investment Bank (EIB), IDB, the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the UN Environment Programme DTU Partnership (UDP) released climate finance-related publications, articles and videos. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), CIF, GCF and the World Bank published news on climate-related events.

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UN Security Council, US Department of Defense Address Security Implications of Climate Change

dod_sc30 July 2015: The UN Security Council, under the presidency of New Zealand, held an open debate on the subject of 'Maintenance of international peace and security: peace and security challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS).' In related news, the US Department of Defense (DoD) released a report, titled 'National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate.'

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CDM Approves Integrated Methodology on Electrification of Communities

UNFCCC24 July 2015: During its 85th meeting, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board approved an integrated CDM methodology for electrification of communities. The new methodology integrates approaches from existing methodologies. It broadens the coverage of small-scale methodologies for electrification and simplifies the monitoring procedures to reduce transaction costs without compromising environmental integrity.

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Kenya Submits INDC

Kenya Flag23 July 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that Kenya has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 30% by 2030 compared to a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario of 143 megatons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2-eq). Kenya is the 49th Party to submit its INDC.

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Monaco Submits INDC

monaco29 July 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that Monaco is the 50th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 50% below 1990 levels by 2030. The INDC is communicated in the context of Monaco's previously announced goals of reducing emissions 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

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UNISDR to Develop Disaster Risk Management Standards for Hotels in Asia and Pacific

UNISDRS29 July 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has announced a plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, where 80% of the world's disaster events take place.

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