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UNFCCC Publishes ADP Reflections and Scenario Notes

UNFCCC17 April 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two documents related to the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The first provides reflections on progress made at the fourth part of the ADP's second session, and the second is a scenario note on the fifth part of the ADP's second session.

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Central American Countries to Join Risk Insurance Facility

CCRIF21 April 2014: Finance ministers from Central American and Caribbean countries gathered during the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings to discuss how the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) might be expanded to include Central American countries. Honduras and Nicaragua were the first Central American countries to announce they will become CCRIF members.

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Event Focuses on Latin American Leadership Ahead of COP 20

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary16 April 2014: An event titled ‘Governing Climate Change: New Ideas and Latin American Leadership as Peru Prepares to Host the 2014 UN Climate Negotiations' and hosted by Brown University in Providence, US, was chaired by former Chilean President Richard Lagos, who also previously served as UN Special Envoy for Climate Change.

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CDKN Workshop Addresses Climate Change, SDGs Interlinkages

CDKN7 April 2014: At a workshop on climate change, the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) organized by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), participants underscored interlinkages between climate change and development, and the importance of ensuring harmony between the two policy fields. The workshop took place on 19 March 2014, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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FAO Promotes Genetic Diversity in Agriculture through National Adaptation Plans

FAO16 April 2014: Building on its climate change programme of work, the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has begun to draft guidelines for the integration of genetic diversity into national climate change adaptation planning.

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WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology Sets Quadrennial Priorities

WMO16 April 2014: The Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM) has determined its priorities for the upcoming four years. The Commission intends to focus on: increasing human and financial resources; building capacity; and encouraging cooperation among meteorologists and the agricultural sector.

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Connect4Climate Partners with Vimeo on Action4Climate

Connect4Climate16 April 2014: Connect4Climate (C4C) has announced a partnership with Vimeo, an online video-sharing platform, in support of the Action4Climate video contest. Vimeo will promote the best videos through its social media channels, amplifying the online climate change conversation created by the contest.

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Thirty Donor Countries Pledge US$4.43 Billion for GEF-6

GEF16 April 2014: The negotiations on the sixth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF-6) concluded with pledges totaling US$4.43 billion over four years.

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UNEP, UNDP Support NAPs Development in African LDCs

nap-gsp17 April 2014: The National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) convened a four-day, high-level training and knowledge exchange on developing and implementing NAPs. Environment, finance and planning ministers from English-speaking Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa attended the workshop.

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LEDS, World Bank Workshops Highlight African Green Growth Opportunities

World BankLEDS15 April 2014: Two regional workshops in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), addressed the relationship between green growth and natural resources management, including best practices on low emissions development strategies (LEDS).

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Honduras Accepts Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol

UNFCCC11 April 2014: Honduras has become the eighth party to the Kyoto Protocol to accept the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020).

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IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings Emphasize Climate Change, Sustainable Development

worldbank_imf13 April 2014: The Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) brought together officials, academics, practitioners, and journalists from around the world for a series of meetings and events, many of which held climate change and sustainable development in special focus.

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UK, US, Germany Launch Climate Finance Innovation Lab

uk-germa-us-flags11 April 2014: The UK, the US and Germany have announced a new initiative aimed at scaling up finance for climate change mitigation activities, especially from the private sector. Launched in partnership with the Governments of Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Norway, the initiative, dubbed the 'Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance,' will seek out private sector input on innovative tools for raising finance to combat climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Ambitious and Achievable 2015 Climate Agreement

bankimoon-warsaw11 April 2014: Addressing the Climate Leaders' Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged leaders from around the world to take action. He highlighted that vision and leadership will be necessary to make hard political decisions on climate change action.

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Nordic Council Examines Role of Land-Use in Future Climate Agreement

Nordic Council Logo8 April 2014: The Nordic Council of Ministers has published a report proposing ways to ensure an effective treatment of the land-use sector under a future climate change agreement.

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Nordic Council Studies Role of Equity in Climate Change Regime

Nordic Council Logo8 April 2014: The Nordic Council of Ministers has published a report on how equity can be operationalized in a spectrum of mitigation commitments under the climate change regime.

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UNFCCC Summarizes Information on Science Available on its Website

UNFCCC14 April 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note containing summary information on enhanced availability and visibility of scientific information relevant to the Convention on the UNFCCC website (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.5).

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UNFCCC Publishes 2013-2015 Review Submissions from the EU, Canada and Others

UNFCCC9 April 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two documents on the 2013-2015 review of the long-term global goal, containing parties' views on the future work of the structured expert dialogue (SED), including the further use of different sources of information (FCCC/SB/2014/MISC.1), and on how the review's outcomes will inform the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) (FCCC/SB/2014/MISC.2).

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop Report on Impact of Response Measures

UNFCCC8 April 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report on the in-forum workshop on 'cooperation on response strategies' under the work programme on the impact of the implementation of response measures (FCCC/SB/2014/INF.1).

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IPCC Approves Third Contribution to its Fifth Assessment

ipcc-3913 April 2014: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) approved the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of its third contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on mitigation of climate change. Human-generated emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) are continuing to rise to unprecedented levels, according to the report, which underscores the inadequacy of existing levels of effort to curb emissions.

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