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TEC, CTCN Release Report to COP 20

UNFCCC27 October 2014: In preparation for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, the Secretariat has released an advance version of a joint report detailing the activities and functions of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). In the bodies' joint key messages for the COP, they report that the Technology Mechanism is "fully operational and fulfilling its mandate" and emphasize the need for stable financial support for effective operation.

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EU-Backed Project Launches Electronic Atlas on Climate Change Adaptation

empas 16 October 2014: A collaborative European research project has launched a website with stories and maps relating to climate change adaptation issues. The website, titled ‘Climaps: A Global Issue Atlas of Climate Change Adaptation,' was developed as part of the three-year ‘Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science (EMAPS)' project, which received funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) ‘Science in Society' programme, and used the ‘controversy mapping' method to illustrate the main actors and controversies around major scientific debates.

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EU to Exceed 2020 Energy and Climate Targets

EEA28 October 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published an updated analysis of the EU's progress toward its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, renewable energy and efficiency goals. The results suggest that the EU is on track to meet all three targets by 2020, but that subsequent targets set for 2030 will require more effort nationally and at the EU level.

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IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Approves Polar Code Provisions

IMO20 October 2014: The 67th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved provisions of the draft International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and adopted draft amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The meeting also adopted resolutions supporting the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), and considered a greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions study, energy efficiency in ships, and issues relating to fuel consumption and quality.

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ADP Prepares for Lima

adp625 october 2014: The sixth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-6) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) focused on preparing key documents for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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Western Balkans and Turkey Agree to Develop Regional Early Warning System

unisdr.wmo.ec27 October 2014: Representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey agreed to establish a region-wide approach to climate change adaptation and disaster resilience at the conclusion of a two-year project, ‘Building Resilience to Disasters in Western Balkans and Turkey.'

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GHGT-12 Examines CCS Advancements

ieaghg27 October 2014: The Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA) hosted the 12th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT-12), holding a series of technical discussions, an exhibition, poster session and plenaries to advance and share knowledge of technologies that do or can potentially allow the use of fossil fuels without further contributing to climate change.

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Philippines National Budget "Tags" Climate Change Response Funds

World Bank-Philippines24 October 2014: In the Philippines, 53 national agencies have begun the process of "tagging" proposed climate change funding in their 2015 national budget submissions. With over 5% of the total tagged as climate change expenditures, the system intends to make the tracking, strategy and prioritization of the national response to climate change more transparent.

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UNFCCC Publishes Advance Report of Excom Activities

UNFCCC24 October 2014: As mandated by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties at its 19th session (COP 19), the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (Excom) developed a draft two-year workplan for consideration by the Subsidiary Bodies for Implementation (SBI) and for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). The Secretariat has released an advance version of a document summarizing the work of the Committee since its creation by COP 19 and its draft workplan.

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IPCC-40 Begins its Work on the SYR

IPCC27 October 2014: The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) opened at the Tivoli Conference Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates and synthesizes the findings from the three working group reports that comprise the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The Panel is expected to approve, line by line, the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) and adopt the longer SYR section by section. More than 800 authors and review editors from 85 countries have participated in the preparation of AR5 over the past six years.

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International Symposium Addresses Weather, Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity

wmo-fao-georgemason24 October 2014: Organized by the George Mason University (GMU), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in collaboration with 11 co-sponsors, the International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity has produced a final declaration, including a list of “salient recommendations” on the issues.

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Workshop Addresses Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia

UN-HABITAT24 October 2014: UN-Habitat participated in a two-day, high-level event examining 'Environment Change and Urbanization in the South East Asia Region.' Commenting on how climate change will affect rapidly urbanizing areas in the region, Nguyen Quang, Director of UN-Habitat Viet Nam, noted that climate change has had "a direct effect on key urban infrastructure such as transportation, water supply and energy, and exacerbates urbanization problems."

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on Implementation of LDC Work Programme

UNFCCC23 October 2014: The UNFCCC has released the 'Synthesis report on the progress made in the implementation of the remaining elements of the least developed countries work programme' (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.17) for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) at its 41st session taking place in December 2014 in Lima, Peru.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on Operation of NAMA Registry

UNFCCC23 October 2014: The UNFCCC has published the second annual report (FCCC/CP/2014/INF.1) to the Conference of the Parties (COP) on the operation of the registry of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), for consideration by the COP at its 20th session taking place in Lima, Peru in December 2014.

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UNFCCC Releases Advance Version of Technical Paper for Adaptation Fund Review

UNFCCC23 October 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an advance version of a technical paper (FCCC/TP/2014/7) that provides background information for the second review of the Adaptation Fund. The paper serves to assist delegations in their preparations for the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 10) to be held in Lima, Peru, from 1-12 December 2014.

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UNFCCC Publishes JISC Annual Report to the CMP

UNFCCC22 October 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual report of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), for consideration by the CMP at its 10th session (FCCC/KP/CMP/2014/4).

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million

Adaptation Fund10 October 2014: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has announced it will fund six climate resilience projects, in Costa Rica, India, Kenya and South Africa. The decision represents a doubling in the direct access finance provided by the Fund. In addition, the Board approved almost US$150,000 in South-South grants to provide training on the Fund's accreditation process so that more countries will be able to take advantage of direct access finance.

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European Council Agrees on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework

European Council24 October 2014: The European Council has endorsed a binding EU target of at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 compared to 1990, and will submit its contribution under the UNFCCC by the first quarter of 2015, in accordance with the timeline agreed at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19). The target is part of the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework agreed by the European Council at its meeting on 23-24 October 2014.

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Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

Arctic Council23 October 2014: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Heads of Delegation of Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met to assess overall progress toward the priorities set under the Canadian Chairmanship. SAO Chair, Vincent Rigby, noted that the productive meeting would yield a "rich set of recommendations" for the Arctic Council Ministers to consider. Notably, SAOs approved a report outlining concrete recommendations for reducing woodstove black carbon emissions.

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Co-Chairs Release Zero Draft of Post-2015 DRR Framework

UNISDR21 October 2014: The Preparatory Committee of the Third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction's (DRR) has issued the Zero Draft of the post-2015 framework, prepared by the Committee's Co-Chairs, Päivi Kairamo, Finland, and Thani Thongphakdi, Thailand. The Zero Draft, which builds on the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), will be discussed at the PrepCom's Second Session, in November 2014. The final version is expected to be adopted at the March 2015 Conference.

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