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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification

technologyupdate15 July 2016: The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer.

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African Stakeholders Call for Prioritizing Water at COP 22

conference_international_d'eau12 July 2016: In preparation for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), 650 decision makers, researchers, technical experts, financiers and civil society members from 40 countries came together for an International Conference on Water and Climate. Organized under the theme 'Water Security for Climate Justice,' the conference resulted in a ministerial call from 22 African countries emphasizing the importance of implementing and funding water initiatives in Africa, both in the context of the COP 21 outcomes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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GCOS Implementation Plan 2016 to Open for Public Review

GCOS WCRP logosJuly 2016: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Programme's Implementation Plan will be open for public review from 25 July to 5 September 2016. The 2016 Plan, which is being prepared in consultation with the global climate scientific and observing community, will be presented to the Steering Committee for final endorsement and submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat on 10 October 2016. The GCOS Implementation Plan 2016 will then be submitted to the 45th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 45) under the UNFCCC in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2016.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: NAP Expo 2016 Underway, DRM Activities Enhance Urban Resilience

adaptation_lost_damage11 July 2016: News in recent weeks related to climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) brought the issue of urban resilience to the forefront. NAP Expo 2016 and the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate contributed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement by giving renewed impetus to efforts to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs), and build healthier societies.

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UNFCCC Releases "Progress Tracker" of Paris Mandates

UNFCCC5 July 2016: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a “progress tracker,” which tracks progress made on the work programme resulting from requests contained in decision 1/CP.21 (Adoption of the Paris Agreement). The President of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) and the incoming President of COP 22 requested the Secretariat, in their May 2016 reflections note, to develop such a tool to provide up-to-date information on the implementation of these mandates, as well as information on next steps.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue VII Builds Momentum toward Paris Agreement Implementation

germany_morocco5 July 2016: During the seventh Petersberg Climate Dialogue, themed 'Making the Paris Agreement a Reality,' the 35 countries in attendance focused on swift implementation of the Paris Agreement. The German hosts announced a global partnership to support the implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and indicated their intent to conclude the steps in the German ratification process before the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) in November 2016.

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June 2016 Climate Finance Update: Funds Meet, Non-state Actor Engagement Accelerates

june20165 July 2016: This issue of the Climate Finance Update features recent global and regional news on climate finance activities by a variety of intergovernmental actors. Several climate funds met in June to make decisions on strategy and funding. A number of disaster recovery and resilience projects received funding in Asia and Africa. The World Bank highlighted developments in carbon pricing, and some concrete measures were taken to increase the engagement of non-state actors in climate financing.

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Mitigation Update: Southeast Asian Forest, European Transport Emissions Increasing, Cities and Businesses Scale-up Action

july_mitigation_update4 July 2016: According to expert participants at a workshop in Paris, France, on 21 June, opportunities posed by solutions that cut across multiple energy end-use sectors are key to redefining climate ambition under the Paris Agreement's objective to keep global temperature rise to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and aiming at 1.5°C. This Mitigation Update highlights recently-published information on emissions and solutions, as well as numerous events related to mitigation, in a variety of key sectors, such as forests, transport, cities, private companies and finance.

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Transparency and Compliance Update: Developed Countries' Reviews Released, GEF Approves Trust Fund for CBIT

Transparency and Compliance Update1 July 2016: In the last month, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released updates regarding national reporting from Parties on their climate change action, including status reports on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, reports of the technical review of Biennial Report (BR) submissions, and the summary report on the technical analysis of Andorra's first Biennial Update Report (BUR). Also in June, the Enforcement Branch took up questions of implementation with respect to Ukraine under the Kyoto Protocol, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved a financial initiative and trust fund for the Paris Agreement's Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT).

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CCAFS Annual Report Highlights Progress on Climate-Smart Agriculture

CGIAR CCAFS30 June 2016: 'Change for the Better: The CCAFS 2015 Annual Report' of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) shows how science provided by the Program and its partners informs initiatives to enhance the resilience of farmers to climate impacts while helping them to reduce emissions in support of national activities and plans under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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GCF Board Approves Nine Projects, Adopts Risk and Investment Guidelines

green-climate-fund-new30 June 2016: During its 13th meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board approved nine new projects, totaling US$256.6 million in GCF funding. The Board also adopted interim risk and investment guidelines, approved resources for national adaptation planning processes and announced a US$200 million pilot for Enhanced Direct Access.

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ratifies Paris Agreement

vincent_the_grenadine29 June 2016: The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN on 29 June, making it the 19th Party to the UNFCCC to do so. With Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' ratification, the Parties that have deposited their instruments represent 0.18% of global emissions.

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Canada, US, Mexico Forge North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership

canada_mexico_unitedsates29 June 2016: The leaders of Canada, the US and Mexico have released a joint statement on a 'North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership,' which aims to ensure a “competitive, low-carbon and sustainable” North America and includes the goal of achieving 50% clean power generation by 2025. During the North American Leaders' Summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed to align climate and energy policies in order to protect human health and help "level the playing field for our businesses, households, and workers."

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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WMO to Strengthen Support for Climate Change, DRR and Sustainable Development Agreements

WMO25 June 2016: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will strengthen its support for global agreements on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development, following resolutions adopted by the 68th session of its Executive Council on, inter alia: reinforcing WMO climate programmes; strengthening work on high-impact weather research and forecasts; improving and extending polar research and observations to include high mountain regions; supporting ocean monitoring; and promoting modern aviation meteorology services.

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Climate Champions Promote Action Roadmap at Alliances and Coalitions Global Forum

cop22_france_peru24 June 2016: The first ever Alliances and Coalitions Global Forum has concluded in Rabat, Morocco, with speakers emphasizing the importance of engaging all actors, not just States, in climate action. The event looked to reinforce the global climate action agenda being driven by two high-level champions appointed by France and Morocco, and to foster new voluntary initiatives in the lead up to the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, in November.

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High Level Forum Agrees on Actions to Increase Urban Resilience

UNISDR17 June 2016: Ministers, government officials, mayors and UN representatives have agreed on actions that will make cities more resilient against disasters. The High Level Forum on 'Implementing the Sendai Framework For Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the Local Level' marked the first time that mayors and representatives of municipalities came together to discuss how to implement the Framework. The meeting resulted in an outcome document titled 'The Florence Way Forward,' which recognizes the importance of coherence at the local level to complement overall implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Mitigation Update: Solar and Wind Prices Plummet as Temperatures and Sea Levels Rise

mitigation_update22 June 2016: The first five months of 2016 have served as a reminder of the urgency of mitigating climate change as each month, January-May, has set global temperature records, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). On 17 June, the WMO announced May's record, saying combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was 0.87°C above the 20th century average of 14.8°C. May is the 13th consecutive month to set a global temperature high.

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EU Council Calls for Coherent Response to Arctic Region Challenges

european_council20 June 2016: Recognizing that global activities have contributed to the "significant risks posed by climate change and environmental impacts" to the Arctic, the EU Council has issued conclusions emphasizing the need for implementation of commitments under environmental agreements, especially the Paris Agreement on climate change. The conclusions were adopted at a meeting of the EU's Foreign Affairs Council held on 20 June, where foreign ministers discussed an integrated EU policy for the Arctic, including a joint communication on the matter adopted on 27 April by the European Commission and the High Representative.

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Norway Ratifies Paris Agreement, Promises to Go Carbon Neutral by 2030

norway-flag20 June 2016: The Government of Norway deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change with the UN, making it the 18th Party to the UNFCCC to do so. Its ratification comes on the heels of the country's pledge to become carbon neutral in 14 years. On 14 June, the Norwegian Parliament voted to reduce and offset carbon emissions so that its emissions are net zero by 2030, two decades earlier than the country's previous pledge.

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