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UNFCCC Publishes SBI 42 and SBSTA 42 Agendas

UNFCCC23 March 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the agenda for the 42nd sessions of the Subsidiarity Body for Implementation (SBI) (FCCC/SBI/2015/1) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/1).

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IPCC Releases Complete AR5 Synthesis Report

IPCC18 March 2015: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the complete version of the Synthesis Report (SYR) of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Some of the SYR's main findings, which was released on 2 November 2014, are: human influence on the climate system is clear; more disruption to the climate leads to a greater risk of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts; and limiting climate change is possible.

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Ninth GCF Board Meeting Opens

green-climate-fund-new24 March 2015: The ninth meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) opened in Songdo, Republic of Korea, on 24 March. This meeting is the first since over US$10 billion was pledged to the Fund in late 2014, as part of the Fund's Initial Resource Mobilization (IRM). The meeting will focus on the remaining elements needed to begin approving programme and project proposals no later than the Board's 11th meeting.

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World Meteorological Day 2015 Highlights Climate Knowledge for Climate Action

WMO23 March 2015: The 2015 edition of the World Meteorological Day was celebrated around the theme ‘Climate Knowledge for Climate Action,' in order to: highlight recent advances in climate science and the need for decisive measures to limit climate change; and provide an opportunity to take stock of climate knowledge garnered over the last few decades to support more ambitious action.

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WCDRR Adopts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

wcdrr_meeting19 March 2015: Representatives from 187 countries have adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,' making it the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. The Framework, which was adopted following a marathon round of negotiations at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, includes seven targets and four priorities for action.

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UNFCCC Circulates Draft Climate Agreement to Parties

UNFCCC19 March 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the negotiating text for the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement has been translated into the six official UN languages and formally communicated to governments. The text was agreed as the basis for negotiations by the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) at the eighth part of its second session in February 2015.

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GFIA Focuses on Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture

gfia11 March 2015: To help meet the goal of increasing agricultural production while minimizing environmental damage, the 2nd Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) met to showcase sustainable agriculture innovations and solutions. The forum featured, inter alia: a Global Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Summit; a solutions conference on ‘Food Losses and Waste Initiative: From Prevention to Valorisation'; a two-day conference on ICT for Sustainable Agriculture; a session on ‘Edible Cities: Building Resilience with Urban Agriculture'; and an Innovations Programme, with sessions on agribusiness, water, mechanization, renewable energy and agroforestry.

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Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Opens in Sendai, Japan

iisdrrs_coverage_wcdrr14 March 2015: The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) is meeting in Sendai, Japan, from 14–18 March 2015, to review implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), discuss international cooperation on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and adopt a political declaration and a post-2015 DRR framework, which will guide disaster risk management (DRM) efforts for the next ten to 15 years, depending on the timeframe adopted by the Conference.

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CGIAR Members, Partners Establish Climate Research Centers in Africa

logos_cifor_itta11 March 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have announced the establishment of the Congo Basin's first center for excellence in climate change research. A greenhouse gas (GHG) laboratory was established in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in 2014 and represents the beginning of the partners' effort to develop a network of expertise and facilities to strengthen climate change research across Africa.

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FAO Reports Address Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture

FAOMarch 2015: The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a number of reports addressing climate change vulnerability in fisheries and aquaculture based on six regional studies, and disaster risk management (DRM) in fisheries and aquaculture in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the wider Caribbean region.

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UN Human Rights Council Discusses Climate Change Impacts on Human Rights

OHCHR6 March 2015: The UN Human Rights Council held a full-day panel discussion on the potentially devastating impacts of climate change on human rights, exploring challenges and ways forward towards the realization of human rights for all, with panelists including President of Kiribati Anote Tong and Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga.

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EU Submits INDC, Reports on State of Europe's Environment

ec6 March 2015: The EU has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, the second party to do so after Switzerland. The contribution, approved by the Environment Council, indicates that the EU intends to achieve at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2030, in line with the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework, which was agreed by the European Council in October 2014.

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Senior Arctic Officials Discuss Development for the People of the North

Arctic Council5 March 2015: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met in Whitehorse, Canada, to hear progress updates from the Council's working groups and task forces, and to approve projects for delivery to the Council's next Ministerial meeting.

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UNFCCC Releases MRV Handbook for Developing Countries

UNFCCC5 March 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a handbook outlining the key concepts, elements and requirements of the international climate change measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) framework. The handbook is intended to help developing countries efficiently and effectively implement the MRV framework.

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UNISDR Assessment: US$250-300 Billion/Year Lost From Disasters

GAR154 March 2015: According to the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR15), economic losses from disasters amount to US$250-300 billion each year. The report, prepared by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, estimates that an annual investment of US$6 billion in disaster risk management would generate US$360 billion over the next 15 years through avoided losses.

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Progress Report Shows MDBs on Target To Meet Sustainable Transport Investment Goals

progress-mdb2 March 2015: The eight multilateral development banks (MDBs) are on target to reach their goal of investing US$ 175 billion in sustainable transport over the decade from 2012-2022, according to a report jointly published by the MDBs. The report emphasizes how the MDBs' sustainable transport investments are supporting climate-resilient, low-carbon growth in developing countries.

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UNESCO Conference Focuses on Interaction between Biodiversity and Climate Change

UNESCO10 February 2015: Participants explored the scientific community's approaches to climate change, including its links to biodiversity, at a conference on the theme ‘Assises du Vivant 2015 - Biodiversity and Climate Change in Interaction: Creating new life possibilities.' The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized the conference as part of preparations for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Switzerland Submits First INDC, Aims to Reduce Emissions 50% by 2030

flag switzerland27 February 2015: The Government of Switzerland has become the first party to the UNFCCC to announce its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC). The INDC states that the country will reduce emissions 50% below 1990 levels by 2030, with 30% of those reductions achieved within its borders. The remaining reductions may be attained via projects completed abroad, according to the contribution.

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ESCAP Conference Says Asia-Pacific Must Build Resilience to Ensure Development Gains

UNISDR UNESCAP18 February 2015: As the world's most disaster prone region, the Asia-Pacific must build resilience to meet its development goals, according to participants at the Regional Conference on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into Development Planning and Financing. The Conference, hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), brought together policymakers and experts one month ahead of the Third UN World Conference on DRR.

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IPCC-41 Discusses Future Work, Measures to Involve Experts from Developing Countries

ipcc4127 February 2015: The 41st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-41) addressed issues related to the future work of the IPCC, including consideration of the recommendations by the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC, and a decision on size, structure and composition of the IPCC Bureau and any Task Force Bureau.

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