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Pope Francis, Holy See Advocate Action on Climate Change

vatican-flag20 January 2015: The Holy See has published online the message of Pope Francis to the high-level segment of the Lima Climate Change Conference. In the statement, dated 27 November 2014, the Pope stresses the critical importance of the December 2014 negotiations and their impact on humanity, especially the poor and future generations. Referring to the work of the parties to the UNFCCC, he calls for this "ethical and moral responsibility" to be approached with an "open and generous spirit."

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Thailand Submits NAMA

Thailand Flag19 January 2015: A communication from the Government of Thailand on its Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) explains that the country will voluntarily attempt to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the energy and transportation sectors by 7-20% below business-as-usual (BAU) levels by 2020.

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WCRP Launches Polar Challenge

WCRPlogo16 January 2015: The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) is launching a Polar Challenge to reward the first team able to send an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for a 2,000 kilometer mission under the Arctic or Antarctic sea-ice. The challenge will address under-ice navigation, endurance and environmental monitoring. It aims to stimulate the development of a monitoring tool for the Polar regions and expand scientific research capabilities and climate services.

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WEF Report Identifies Climate Issues as a Top Global Risk

World Economic Forum15 January 2015: The World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Global Risks Report identifies: climate-related issues among the top global risks the world will face over the next ten years, both in terms of likelihood and impact; extreme weather as the second most likely major risk; and the failure to adapt to climate change among the top five global risks in terms of impact.

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African Youth Commit to DRR

UNISDR14 January 2015: African youth leaders are taking action to ensure their communities are better informed and prepared to reduce disaster risks. Seven youth leaders participated in a disaster risk reduction (DRR) educational voyage and training programme aboard the passenger ship of the Japan-based NGO Peace Boat, which sailed from the port of Maputo, Mozambique, to Cape Town, South Africa.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change

Ban Ki-moon16 January 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change. Pasztor will act as a Senior Adviser to Ban on climate change issues in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, to be held in December 2015, in Paris, France.

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Scientists Warn: Four Planetary Boundaries Crossed

Stockholm Resilience Center16 January 2015: A team of 18 researchers has published findings that human activity has now moved the Earth beyond four of the nine planetary boundaries identified by scientists in 2009. The transgressed boundaries are: climate change; loss of biosphere integrity; land-system change; and altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen). The team's paper was published in Science on 16 January 2015.

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Celebrities Sign onto action/2015 Campaign, Urge Action on Climate and Poverty

action-201515 January 2015: In a joint open letter, 31 celebrities have lent their voices to the action/2015 campaign, which calls on local and world leaders to take urgent action to alleviate poverty and mitigate climate change. The letter names 2015 as the most important year in global decision-making since the start of the new millennium, citing the UN summit on the post-2015 development agenda, and UN climate change conference, in September and December 2015, respectively.

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CCAFS, CTA Demonstrate Value of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa

CGIAR CCAFS15 January 2015: The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) released a book highlighting climate-smart agricultural practices across Africa, based on eight case studies. The book intends to increase awareness of, and support for, agricultural approaches that improve livelihoods and enhance food security while contributing to climate change mitigation.

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UNFCCC COP 20 and 21 Presidencies, UN Secretary-General Publish Climate Action Agenda

UNFCCC14 January 2015: The Presidency of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the incoming Presidency of COP 21 and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have issued a joint declaration, titled 'Lima-Paris Action Agenda,' with the aim of catalyzing action on climate change by State and non-State actors to contribute of the objective of the UNFCCC, in particular through increasing pre-2020 ambition and supporting the 2015 agreement.

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SLoCaT, BtG Evaluate Sustainable Transport at Lima Climate Change Conference

slocat12 January 2015: According to a report by the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the Bridging the Gap (BtG) initiative, progress in sustainable transport at the Lima Climate Change Conference, in December 2014, ‘limped.' The report, which monitored transport-relevant negotiating areas, concludes that the mixed results reinforce the need for the global sustainable transport community to converge on key messages and activities relating to transport and climate change in 2015.

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IOM, Sciences Po Assess Migration, Environment and Climate Change Nexus

iomlogo5 January 2015: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Paris Institute for Political Science (Sciences Po) have jointly published a report, titled ‘The State of Environmental Migration 2014: A Review of 2013,' which aims to enhance the understanding of links between natural disasters, including sudden natural onset events and slow onset events, and human mobility. The report seeks to raise awareness on the effects of climate change on the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.

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CIAT Develops CSA Country Profiles in LAC

CIATJanuary 2015: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has developed seven climate-smart agriculture (CSA) country profiles and two sub-national ones, prepared in collaboration with government ministries and agencies, as well as private sector and civil society representatives. Each profile sets a CSA baseline for the following countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada, Mexico and Peru.

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UNGA President to Host High-Level Climate Change Event

unga6930 December 2014: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa has announced that a high-level event on climate change will take place on 29 June 2015, to contribute to building momentum towards a 2015 agreement on climate change. Kutesa is hosting the event approximately midway between the Lima and Paris Climate Change Conferences, with the intention of complementing and advancing the UNFCCC negotiations.

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COP 20 and 21 Presidents Outline Expectations for 2015

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal and Laurent Fabius Chairs29 December 2014: The President of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC Manuel Pulgar-Vidal and COP 21 President Laurent Fabius have released a joint statement outlining their expectations for 2015.

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Guyana Accepts Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol

guyanese-flag29 December 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Guyana has accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This announcement brings the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 23.

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Information on Geneva Meeting of the Structured Expert Dialogue Released

UNFCCC23 December 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the information note on the 2nd meeting of the fourth session of the structured expert dialogue (SED 4-2) on the 2013-2015 review, which will take place on 8-9 February 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland, in conjunction with the eighth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.

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GEF CEO Stresses India's Role in 2015 Climate Agreement

GEF19 December 2014: In an editorial written for the Hindu Business Line, Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), notes that India, as the world's third largest economy in purchasing power parity, will play a critical role in combating climate change. She writes that the most important building block of the 2015 Paris climate agreement will be the announcement of each country's intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to reduce emissions, and that India's INDC will be closely scrutinized.

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UNU Resilience Academy Findings Published

UNU-EHS18 December 2014: A human livelihood perspective should be better integrated into resilience work and adaptation strategies, according to a paper published by Nature Climate Change. The paper was developed by 25 senior experts and young researchers collaborating through the UN University's (UNU) 2013-2014 Resilience Academy.

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OECD, EIB, CPI Discuss Improving Climate Finance Tracking in 2015

cpi-oecd-eib10 December 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) jointly organized an informal meeting on climate finance tracking on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The meeting reflected on lessons learned from collaboration over the course of 2014, the challenges identified and important topics for discussion among practitioners in 2015.

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