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SLoCaT-Backed Study Calculates Public Transport Benefits

slocat17 September 2014: An accelerated shift to clean public transport could save over US$100 trillion during the next 35 years, according to a study supported by the Partnership on Sustainable Transport (SLoCaT). The scenario study demonstrates how a shift in investment away from cars and towards public transport can reduce carbon dioxide emissions and result in savings in public and private capital, as well as in operating costs.

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Compliance Committee Releases Report for Lima

UNFCCC17 September 2014: In preparation for the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 10), the Compliance Committee to the CMP has issued its ninth annual report to the CMP. The report (FCCC/KP/CMP/2014/2) summarizes the work of, and matters addressed by, the Committee during the period from 9 September 2013 to 5 September 2014.

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WMO Workshop Focuses on Improving Climate Services in Asian LDCs

WMO17 September 2014: A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) regional workshop on the provision of weather- and climate-related services in least developed countries (LDCs) brought together participants from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of eight Asian LDCs, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Myanmar and Yemen.

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UN-Backed Report: 22 Million Displaced by Disasters in 2013

nrc-idmc17 September 2014: A UN-backed report reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters, mainly due to earthquakes or climate and weather-related events. The report further indicates that the risk of displacement due to disasters has more than doubled over the last four decades, largely because of the growth and concentration of urban populations.

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OECD, Bloomberg Philanthropies Urge Empowering Cities for Climate Action

oecd-bloomberg17 September 2014: Choices made around infrastructure in cities could help avoid the worst impacts of climate change, according to a report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The report, titled ‘Cities and Climate Change: National Governments Enabling Local Action,' examines how enabling policy frameworks at the national level can support critical climate action in cities.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace

leonardi.di.caprio16 September 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and environmental activist, as UN Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on climate change.

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SBI and SBSTA 41 Annotated Provisional Agendas Released

UNFCCC16 September 2014: In order to assist delegations in their preparations, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agendas and annotations for the 41st meetings of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 41) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 41). The documents (FCCC/SBI/2014/9 and FCCC/SBSTA/2014/3) contain the meetings' provisional agendas, originally released on 2 September, with annotations.

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ADP Non-Paper on Draft Negotiating Text Elements Corrigendum Issued

UNFCCC16 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a corrigendum (ADP.2014.6.NonPaper.Corr.1) to a non-paper containing parties' views and proposals on the elements for a draft negotiating text issued by the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

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UNFCCC Reports on 2nd Dialogue on Public Awareness

UNFCCC15 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a summary report (FCCC/SBI/2014/15) on the second Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention, held during the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40), on 5, 8 and 11 June 2014, in Bonn, Germany. The Dialogue, attended by over 120 representatives of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (IGOs and NGOs), the private sector and the media, focused on good practices and lessons learned on public participation, awareness and access to information, and international cooperation on such matters.

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UNFCCC Informs on COP 20 Observer Organization Applications

UNFCCC15 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has issued a note on the admission of observers ahead of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP 20). The note (FCCC/CP/2014/4) contains a list of applicant organizations for admission as observers at COP 20, and information on the rules regarding the admission of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as observers at sessions of the COP.

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World Bank Group Designs Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate

Worldbanklogo15 September 2014: The World Bank Group has announced the design of the Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF), a pay-for-performance instrument that aims to stimulate investment in projects that reduce emissions while maximizing the impact of scarce public resources and leveraging private sector financing through the use of auctions.

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Climate Economy Report Urges Decoupling Economic and Emissions Growth

the-new-climate-economy16 September 2014: The New Climate Economy, a project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, has released a report that finds that competitive markets and consistent government policy signals are critical for businesses and investors to create low-carbon jobs and growth. The report, titled 'Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report,' was launched at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and presented to governments, as well as to business and finance leaders.

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Arab Countries Highlight Regional Priorities for Post-2015 DRR Framework

UNISDR16 September 2014: The 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) provided the opportunity for approximately 400 Arab government officials, donors, policy makers, planners, academics, civil society representatives and development experts to discuss DRR in the region. The Conference highlighted progress made in DRR efforts, reviewed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015 in the region, and discussed regional priorities towards the post-2015 DRR framework.

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UNEP Stresses Urgency of Climate Finance for Cities

UNEPSeptember 2014: A handbook published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on climate finance for mitigation in cities and buildings underscores the urgency of developing methods to help all cities gain access to climate finance while maximizing related social, environmental and economic co-benefits. Given that cities account for over 75% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the publication calls for the 2015 climate agreement to inspire cities into action. Cities, in turn, will need to support leaders and scale up mitigation projects based on best practice and sharing of lessons learned.

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UNFCCC, Ecofys Participate in First Climate Change 'Hackathon'

hack4good14 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat and Ecofys participated in the first global 'hackathon,' which brought together leading software engineers, hackers, thought leaders and community-oriented organizations worldwide to build projects and technology solution prototypes that seek to address 15 global climate change-related challenges. Taking place from 12-14 September 2014, the event, titled ‘#hack4good 0.6,' attracted more than 3,000 developers in over 40 cities on six continents.

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CAF Mesoamerica and Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Adaptation Finance

CAF10 September 2014: The Development Bank for Latin America (CAF) hosted a workshop to strengthen the capacity of Mesoamerican and Caribbean countries to assess the financing needs associated with climate change adaptation.

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UNISDR Calls for Focus on Cities in Post-2015 DRR Framework

UNISDR10 September 2014: The 2nd Steering Committee Meeting of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Making Cities Resilient Campaign focused on how to accommodate urban priorities in the post-2015 disaster risk reduction (DRR) framework. Participants stressed that the post-2015 framework should address the local level, and that national governments should support decentralization and be responsive to cities' needs.

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Euro-Asia Dialogue Addresses Climate Change, Urban Resilience

UN-HABITAT10 September 2014: The Euro-Asia Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy and Urban Resilience, which aimed to enhance discussions and achieve greater cooperation between European and Asian partners on climate change and urban resilience, met in Yangon, Myanmar, from 3-4 September 2014.

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Workshop Agrees Priorities for EUROCLIMA's Agriculture Component

Euroclima4 September 2014: A three-day workshop discussed priority actions and initiatives needed in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to address agriculture and climate change, and agreed on an agenda for work on the subject under the EUROCLIMA programme on agriculture, food security and climate change.

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Adaptation Fund Strengthens Capacity of Asia Pacific Implementing Entities

Adaptation Fund12 September 2014: The Adaptation Fund's Third Climate Finance Readiness seminar, co-sponsored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and supported by the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), focused on the process of increasing the capacity of applicant and accredited implementing entities.

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