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Montreal Protocol OEWG 35 Agrees to Work Intersessionally on HFC Management

iisdrrs_owg3524 April 2015: The 35th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 35) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer concluded with Parties' agreement to continue to work intersessionally in an informal manner to study the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This work will aim to initiate contact group discussions on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, at OEWG 36.

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Liechtenstein Submits INDC

Liechtenstein flag22 April 2015: The Government of Liechtenstein has officially submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. In its contribution to the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement, Liechtenstein states that it will aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030, using 1990 as the baseline. The INDC assumes the possibility of incorporating reductions achieved abroad. The target will be subject to parliamentary approval.

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UNFCCC Proposes 2016-2017 Activities to be Funded from Supplementary Sources

UNFCCC22 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a proposal on activities for 2016-2017 not covered by the core programme budget. The addendum document (FCCC/SBI/2015/Add.2) is intended for consideration in conjunction with the proposed programme budget for 2016-2017 and the Secretariat's work programme (FCCC/SBI/2015/3 and Add.1).

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CARIAA Explores Adaptation in Climate Change Hotspots in Africa and Asia

cariaaApril 2015: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has released an open access special issue of the Regional Environmental Change series, titled ‘Adaptation in climate change hotspots: Change under way in Africa and Asia.'

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UNFCCC's NAZCA Portal Features Over 500 City Actions

nazca22 April 2015: To coincide with Earth Day, over 500 new city actions have been added to the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal, which was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. NAZCA, a UNFCCC-hosted website, showcases actions of non-state actors, including municipalities, regions and investors, and aims to help build momentum for a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. Currently, 400 cities, 71 subnational regions and 264 companies are taking 1514 climate-related actions listed on the NAZCA portal.

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Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies17 April 2015: A communiqué signed by the members of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform group calls for countries to prioritize the phase-out of fossil-fuel subsidies ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Friends are urging all governments to endorse the statement; France and the US are the first countries outside the Friends groups to do so.

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NAP Expo Shares Experiences and Lessons on Adaptation Plans

napexpo15 April 2015: Over 150 participants attended the third NAP Expo, which was organized by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) of the UNFCCC and an advisory group that included the Adaptation Committee. Hot topics, as well as current experiences and challenges relevant to adaptation to climate change, were the focus of discussions and learning sessions at the Expo.

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African Countries Prepare for Paris Climate Negotiations at Seventh Africa Carbon Forum

AfricaCarbonForum15 April 2015: Intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement will be essential for durable African economies, according to remarks made by UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley at the Seventh Africa Carbon Forum. Speaking on the outcomes needed for a successful Paris Climate Change Conference, Kinley told African countries gathered at the Forum that "INDCs are each country's opportunity to express their development priorities."

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China, UN Sign MOU on South-South Climate Cooperation

China, UN Sign MOU13 April 2015: As a follow-up to its commitment at the 2014 Climate Summit, the Government of China has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the UN on South-South cooperation on climate change. Under the MOU, China and the UN will work together to promote the sharing of technologies, know-how and experience among countries in the global South.

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G7 Foreign Ministers Identify Climate Change, Fragility as Priority

G7 Germany15 April 2015: The G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting convened within the framework of Germany's G7 Presidency to address pressing international issues that impact global peace and security. The meeting resulted in the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting Communiqué, in which the Ministers describe climate change as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, threatening the environment, global security and economic prosperity, and potentially reversing progress made in tackling poverty.

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India, France Express Support to Successful Paris Conference

Agreement_India_France14 April 2015: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande issued a joint statement affirming their support to ensuring a successful outcome at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, and stressing the importance of timely submissions of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and raising pre-2020 ambition. In the statement, made during an official visit by Prime Minister Modi to Paris, France, the two leaders also announced cooperation on smart cities and sustainable energy.

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UNFCCC Publishes International Transaction Log Budget and Implementation Status

UNFCCC10 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two documents on the international transaction log (ITL) for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) at its 42nd session, scheduled to take place in June 2015, in Bonn, Germany.

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OECD Climate Change Expert Forum Seeks Convergence for 2015 Agreement

OECD18 March 2015: The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum, coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), brought together technical negotiators and experts from OECD and non-OECD countries to discuss issues under negotiation in the UNFCCC. Topics covered by the 2015 Forum included policy ambition, nationally determined contributions (NDCs), adaptation, actions of non-state actors, technology and capacity building, and long-term signals for mitigation.

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Mayors Commit to Climate Action Ahead of Paris Conference

iclei11 April 2015: The ICLEI World Congress 2015, the triennial sustainability summit of local and subnational governments worldwide, led to a number of climate announcements intended to increase local climate action. The Congress brought together over 3000 participants, including over 100 mayors from around the world, and boasted the largest number of participants at a Congress to date, with many others attending virtually via a live stream.

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Adaptation Fund Board Streamlines Small Entities' Accreditation

Adaptation Fund10 April 2015: At its 25th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), inter alia, approved financing for climate adaptation projects in India, Jordan and Morocco, introduced a streamlined accreditation process for small entities and accredited two new implementing entities.

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UNFCCC Compiles Overlaps and Duplication in Draft Climate Agreement

UNFCCC9 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an informal note (FCCC/ADP/2015/1) presenting a table of the overlaps and duplication in the negotiating text that will serve as the basis for negotiations on a 2015 global climate change agreement. The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) agreed to the negotiating text at the eighth part of its second session (ADP 2-8) in February 2015. The ADP will continue its work based on the text when it meets again in June 2015.

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Structured Expert Dialogue on 2013-2015 Review: Last Session's Report Released

UNFCCC7 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report on the fourth and last session of the structured expert dialogue (SED) on the 2013-2015 review. The 2013–2015 review is carried out by the Conference of the Parties (COP) with assistance from the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which established a joint contact group. The COP established the SED in 2012 to support the work of the joint contact group and ensure the scientific integrity of the review through a focused exchange of views, information and ideas.

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Carbon Forum Asia Fosters Collaboration on Market-Based Measures

carbon_forum_asia27 March 2015: The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Koelnmesse organized the inaugural Carbon Forum Asia (CFA) Workshop, bringing together actors from the entire carbon and energy market value chain to discuss trends in carbon pricing, the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and developments in climate finance. The two-day CFA 2015 Workshop focused on the Asian experience in implementing market-based solutions to reducing carbon pollution.

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Development Finance Institutions Work on Principles for Tracking Climate Finance

world_bank_idfc3 April 2015: Over two dozen development finance institutions are working on common sets of principles that each will use for tracking climate finance. The first set for tracking mitigation finance has been agreed and similar principles for tracking adaptation finance and the ability to leverage finance will follow later this year. Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, said that common methodologies will help “build trust that climate finance is flowing.”

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UNFCCC Outlines Next Steps for BURs

nama_news2 April 2015: With the first set of biennial update reports (BURs) submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat by non-Annex I (developing) country parties, the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process will begin within six months, according to the UNFCCC Secretariat. On its Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) News site, the Secretariat presents a guide to the next steps under ICA.

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