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Loss and Damage Committee Discusses Implementation Issues, Displacement and Risk Transfer

UNFCCC5 February 2016: The second meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) addressed, among other issues, the implementation of its initial two-year workplan, and initiated work mandated by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC concerning the establishment of: a task force on displacement; and a clearinghouse on insurance and risk transfer.

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CIFOR and Partners Provide Insights on Gender and Climate Change

CIFORDecember 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has compiled and published a series of briefs titled 'Gender and Climate Change: Evidence and Experience' seeking to address gender and climate change policy issues by drawing on the experience of contributing partner organizations, including: CIFOR, Bioversity International, CARE International, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Global Greengrants Fund (GGF), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), UN Women, the UN Development Programme and UN Environment Programme (UNDP-UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative, and the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO).

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IGAD, UNITAR, Norway Support Climate Hazards Monitoring in Greater Horn of Africa

igad_unitar_norway27 January 2016: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) has published a live web-map to monitor climate and associated hazards in the Greater Horn of Africa region to improve accessibility to climate and hazard data. IGAD-ICPAC's comprehensive map includes information related to climate, flood hazard and changes in vegetation conditions.

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January 2016 Climate Finance Update

finace_climateFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management.

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UNISDR Conference Launches Science and Technology Partnership

UNISDR29 January 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) convened the Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which aimed to harness the power of science and technology in implementing the Sendai Framework. The event opened with a tribute to the hundreds of scientists who have contributed their time to research climate change and its impacts.

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Global Forum Endorses Guiding Principles for Green Economy Learning

unitar_page_oecd_green_unesco29 January 2016: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has announced the outcomes of the First Global Forum on Green Economy Learning, including the adoption of the Paris Summary Statement on Learning for an Inclusive Green Economy (IGE). The Paris Statement outlines principles for: the meaning and value of IGE learning; increasing effectiveness and sustainability in IGE learning; promoting IGE learning at the national and local levels; and scaling up for impact.

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High-Level UN Climate Change Appointments Announced

UNFCCC29 January 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Janos Pasztor, former Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, as Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Change. In addition, Laurent Fabius, President of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, appointed Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for Climate Change, to fill one of the two co-champion positions established by the COP decision accompanying the Paris Agreement (FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1).

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Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications Launches DRR Initiatives

ITU logo28 January 2016: Information and communication technology (ICT) experts are working to harness the power of telecommunications to both prevent and mitigate the impacts of natural disasters. Gathered for the second 'Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016): Saving Lives,' an international event focusing on the intersection of emergency telecommunications and climate change mitigation and adaptation, 500 participants from 90 countries adopted two global ICT initiatives aimed at enhancing disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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UNFCCC Identifies Next Steps Following Adoption of the Paris Agreement

UNFCCC28 January 2016: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a statement, titled 'The Paris Agreement: Next Steps,' which outlines actions to take place following the adoption of the Paris Agreement by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21).

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Japan, CARICOM, UNDP Support Climate Change Efforts in the Caribbean

japancaricomundp28 January 2015: The Government of Japan, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change in line with their long-term development strategies.

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IISD Event Explores Canada's Contribution to SDGs, Climate Change Agreement

iisd25 January 2016: Over 150 people attended an event, titled 'Canada in the Post-2015 World,' which was organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and hosted by the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada. The event provided an early look at the landmark agreements achieved in 2015 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and an opportunity to consider how Canada can contribute to sustainable development in the wake of these agreements.

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Investor Summit Focuses on Advancing the Clean Trillion

investor_summit27 January 2016: Participants at the 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk encouraged further investments and actions to catalyze a shift to a low-carbon future and achieve the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Summit recognized the critical role of global investors in addressing climate risks and increasing clean energy financing. It also called for global investment portfolios to shift away from risky, high-carbon sectors towards low-carbon activities.

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France, India Inaugurate International Solar Alliance

france_india25 January 2016: During an official visit to India, French President Francois Hollande discussed with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the commitment of the two countries to address clean and sustainable development, climate change, the International Solar Alliance, sustainable consumption and production patterns, renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable urban development and transport.

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WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño

WHO22 January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts.

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WMO, NOAA: 2015 the Warmest on Record by the Widest Margin

wmo-noaa25 January 2016: According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the global average temperature over land and ocean for 2015 was the highest since record keeping began. The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for December was the highest for any month recorded, and 2011-2015 was the warmest five-year period on record.

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UNEP, GEF Support Air Monitoring in Bosnia Herzegovina

GEF UNEP19 January 2016: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has opened two air monitoring stations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and refurbished two existing ones. These steps will assist the country in: monitoring climate and air quality in line with national and EU law and prevent illnesses and deaths from outdoor pollution; ensuring accurate data is available to monitor climate change; alerting the public about pollution risk; and measuring the impact of policy measures to improve air quality.

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France, Morocco Event Examines Mobilization from COP 21 to COP 22

france-moro_cop2119 January 2016: At an event hosted by the Permanent Missions of France and Morocco to the UN in Geneva, international organizations headquartered in the Swiss city heard about the outcomes of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and ways the Paris Agreement will impact their activities. Titled 'From COP 21 to COP 22: International Geneva's Mobilization Continues,' the event also featured remarks from the incoming Moroccan Presidency on its approach to COP 22.

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UNEP DTU Addresses Uncertainty in GHG Emission Projections

unep-dtu11 January 2016: Quantifying uncertainty in national level projections of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can foster more robust climate change mitigation plans, according to a report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership. The report, titled 'Uncertainty in Greenhouse Gas Emission Scenario Projections,' presents approaches to calculating this uncertainty and explains the rationale for doing so.

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FAO Presents Tools for Gender Integration into Climate-smart Agriculture

fao_headquartersJanuary 2016: Researchers of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have published a paper summarizing methods to analyze gender-differentiated impacts of climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The paper, titled 'Gender Integration into Climate-smart Agriculture: Tools for Data Collection and Analysis for Policy Research,' aims to enhance the understanding of gender-related determinants of outcomes and facilitate the development of effective interventions that improve gender equality.

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FAO Reviews Risks and Responses to Climate Impacts on Food Security

fao_headquarters15 January 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has released a paper reviewing the latest evidence on the impacts of climate change for food security and nutrition and options for response actions that enhance resilience of agricultural systems. The paper, titled 'Climate Change and Food Security: Risks and Responses,' concludes that reducing vulnerabilities should be a priority as poor vulnerable populations feel the worst impacts of climate change.

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