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WMO, WHO Issue Guidance on Heat-Health Warning Systems

WMO WHO1 July 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have jointly published a report titled ‘Heatwaves and Health: Guidance on Warning-System Development.' The report focuses on warning systems to address health risks posed by heatwaves, which are becoming more frequent and intense as a result of climate change.

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June 2015 Climate Finance Update

june2015-climatefinance11 July 2015: During the month of June, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the World Agroforestry Centre, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on climate finance projects and other related news. ADB, AfDB, GCF, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched publications.

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China Submits INDC

Flag of China30 June 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Government of China has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC). According to its INDC, China intends to peak carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 2030 and lower CO2 emissions per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 60-65% from 2005 levels by 2030. China is the 43rd Party to the UNFCCC to formally submit its INDC.

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US-Brazil Intensify Collaboration on Climate Change

us-brazil30 June 2015: During an official visit to Washington DC, US, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed with US President Barack Obama to intensify the collaboration between the two countries, both bilaterally and under the UNFCCC. They issued a Joint US-Brazil Statement on Climate Change that addresses: leadership on the road to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015; ambitious climate action; the launch of a Brazil-US Joint Initiative on Climate Change; cooperation on sustainable land use; and cooperation on clean energy and on climate change adaptation.

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East African Parliamentarians Join Forces to Reduce Disaster Risk

unisdr-wb-uganda26 June 2015: Parliamentarians from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have joined in an effort to reduce the impacts caused by natural threats, epidemics and manmade hazards, by setting up a mechanism that aims to boost governance to reduce disaster risk and reinforce the capacity of populations to build sustainable livelihoods. The East African Disaster Risk Reduction Parliamentarian Platform was established during a June 2015 meeting, organized by the Government of Uganda with support from the World Bank and in collaboration with the Uganda Parliamentarian Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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WMO Maps Out Future Weather Science Research

WMO30 June 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released a publication that provides a consolidated roadmap for future weather research in order to foster the science required to reduce the vulnerability of society to high-impact weather. The publication, ‘Seamless Prediction of the Earth System: From Minutes to Months,' synthesizes discussions and outcomes of the World Weather Open Science Conference held in Montreal, Canada, in August 2014. For the first time ever, the Conference brought together the weather science and user communities to review the most recent developments in the field and map out the future scientific frontiers.

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Living in a Changing Climate: EEA Reports

EEA30 June 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published its Signals 2015 report titled 'Living in a changing climate' focusing on: current and future climate change impacts in Europe; the main sectors contributing to climate change; and the EU's mitigation and adaptation efforts, particularly in relation to investments, soil, oceans and food production.

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EU, China Adopt Joint Statement on Climate Change

eu-china29 June 2015: At the 17th bilateral summit between the EU and China, the two parties adopted a joint statement on climate change, recognizing it as "one of the greatest threats facing humanity" and agreeing to elevate climate change cooperation in their bilateral relations. The summit, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations, concluded with the adoption of a summit declaration that acknowledges the critical role the two sides must play in addressing climate change.

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UNGA Holds High-Level Event on Climate Change

HLE_Web-Graphics29 June 2015: "We must act with courage," UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa told UN Member States gathered at the High-Level Event on Climate Change he hosted. He called for "bold, collective action" to "reverse the current trends and preserve our planet." The High-Level Event was convened at the midpoint between the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC and COP 21, and aimed to provide political momentum for an ambitious climate agreement.

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BASIC Ministers Outline Views on Paris Agreement

Brazilian flag28 June 2015: Ministers from the four BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) countries convened for the group's 20th Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change to discuss: the outcomes of the previous sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP); the upcoming sessions of the ADP; and the elements of the expected Paris Agreement.

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France, Peru Issue Call for Action on Climate Change and Decent Work

france-peru26 June 2015: François Rebsamen, Minister of Labor, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue, France, and Luis Enrique Chávez Basagoitia, Permanent Representative of Peru to the UN in Geneva, signed a Joint Call on Climate Change and Decent Work. The Joint Call encourages Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to better integrate decent work dimensions into the fight against climate change, both in negotiations towards a new climate agreement, and in formulating and implementing national policies.

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Climate Change Should Be Top Foreign Policy Priority: G7-backed Report

a_new_climate_for_peace25 June 2015: An independent report, titled ‘A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks,' commissioned by members of the Group of Seven (G7), has identified seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of States and societies in the decades to come.

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Lancet Commission: Tackling Climate Change the Greatest Health Opportunity

thelancet22 June 2015: The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change was established to map out the impacts of climate change and the necessary policy responses to ensure the highest attainable health standards worldwide. The Commission has released a report titled ‘Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health,' identifying key messages and recommendations to accelerate action in the next five years.

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US, China Cooperate on CCS, Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy

united_nations-china24 June 2015: The US and China have announced cooperation on two new carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects as part of ongoing climate change cooperation being undertaken by the US-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG). The two projects and a number of other plans for further cooperation on climate change mitigation were announced during a series of high-level climate change events held between the two governments in Washington DC, US, from 22-23 June 2015.

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Central America Makes Strides in Implementing Sendai Framework

UNISDR20 June 2015: Central American countries are taking substantive steps to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which was adopted in March 2015, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan. The Framework calls for a holistic approach to the threat of disasters and for incorporating integrated disaster risk management (DRM) into existing national development priorities and policies.

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FAO Assesses Climate Change Impacts on Food Security and Trade

fao_headquarters18 June 2015: In a book reviewing scientific and economic climate change impacts on food and agriculture over the past 20 years, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) underscores policy implications for hunger, poverty and global food trade. Based on evidence gathered by a group of scientists and economists over these two decades, the book is intended as an accessible source for decision makers and practitioners working on food security, health and nutrition, water scarcity and climate adaptation.

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WMO, Norwegian Refugee Council to Enhance African Countries' Climate Resilience

wmo-nrc17 June 2015: A Norwegian NGO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are partnering to increase the capacity of governments in Africa to address climate change, extreme weather events and variable rainfall. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by WMO and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), experts will work with the national institutions of vulnerable countries to develop climate information and products and operationalize the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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Malawi, Partners Assess Flooding Loss and Damage, Recovery Costs

gfdrr-eu-un18 June 2015: With technical support from the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the UN and the EU, the Government of Malawi carried out a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) in the aftermath of the 2015 floods in Malawi, launching the findings on 18 June 2015, in Malawi. The assessment aimed to quantify the loss and damage from the floods, and estimate recovery and reconstruction costs. The assessment shows total loss and damage of US$335 million, while total recovery and reconstruction costs are approximately US$494 million.

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CCAFS Publications Examine Impacts of Climate Change on African Agriculture and Livestock

CCAFS17 June 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has released three working papers examining: progress on mainstreaming of long-term climate information into governments' decision making; projected impacts of climate change on crops in Africa; and scientific evidence on the impacts of climate change on livestock production.

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EU High-Level Event Considers Future Vehicle Emissions Policy

ec18 June 2015: The European Commission held a high-level event on decarbonizing the European road transport sector, which is responsible for one quarter of the EU's energy consumption and approximately one fifth of its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The event examined potential next steps for road-based climate change mitigation in the context of: the expected 2015 climate agreement; the goal to hold average temperature rise below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels; and commitments by the Group of Seven (G7).

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