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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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CIF Discuss Future Strategy, Share Experiences in Forest Management

CIF20 June 2016: The governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) met to make decisions on the Funds' future strategy. The meetings attracted the participation of over 150 experts from approximately 50 developing and donor countries, as well as international organizations and civil society. Following the official opening of the governing body meetings, on 12 June, the joint Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committees met on 15 June. This meeting was followed by the CTF Trust Fund Committee Meeting on 16 June.

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April-June 2016 NAMA Update: Linkages Among NAMAs, NDCs and Finance Explored for Enhanced Implementation and Support

April 2016 NAMA Update20 June 2016: This periodic update focuses on individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, events and activities, for the period from mid-April 2016 to mid-June 2016. During this period, a number of workshops were organized on capacity building for NAMA design and implementation. The linkages among NAMAs, nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and finance also received attention.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: SB 44 Outcomes Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement, GEF Establishes CBIT Trust Fund

UNFCCC - GEF - UNITAR18 June 2016: The 44th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44) and the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1) were held in Bonn, Germany, from 16-26 May 2016. The sessions presented the first opportunity for Parties to consider Paris mandates on capacity building and technology development and transfer, including the terms of reference (ToR) for the Paris Committee on Capacity-building, the Paris Agreement's technology framework, and the scope and modalities for the periodic assessment of the Technology Mechanism in the context of how it serves the Paris Agreement.

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EU and Member States Advance Paris Agreement Ratification

EU - Hungary - France Flags15 June 2016: French President François Hollande signed, on 15 June, a bill formally ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change. France, which held the Presidency of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 21) and helped usher in the Paris Agreement in December 2015, follows Hungary, which was the first EU member State to ratify, passing legislation unanimously in support of the Agreement on 24 May.

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LAC Countries Adopt Guidelines for Regional DRR Action Plan

sendai_americas9 June 2016: Countries in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) have agreed on guidelines for developing a regional action plan that will encourage countries and communities to reduce disaster risk and potential losses. The guidelines were discussed during the First Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 in the Americas. The conference was the first opportunity for the region to discuss how to implement the Sendai Framework and illustrated the region's commitment to strengthening disaster risk governance.

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Mitigation Update: Work Continues on Aviation, Black Carbon Emissions, Regions Cooperate on Clean Energy

icao_arctic_adb_afdb13 June 2016: According to a policy paper from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, “carbon-intensive companies are not ready for the impact of the Paris Agreement's commitments.” The authors, economists Nicholas Stern and Dimitri Zenghelis, submitted the paper to the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, arguing that the Financial Stability Board (FSB) should create robust reporting guidance on climate risks.

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Climate Champions Outline Global Climate Action Roadmap

UNFCCC7 June 2016: Climate Champions Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for Climate Change, and Hakima El Haité, Minister Delegate in charge of the Environment to the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment of Morocco, have released a global climate action agenda to boost cooperative action among governments, cities, businesses, investors and citizens to reduce emissions and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts.

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US, India Reaffirm Support for Early Entry into Force of Paris Agreement

us_india7 June 2016: During an official visit to the US, Indian Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi met with US President Barack Obama in the White House for their third major bilateral summit. The two leaders reviewed the deepening strategic partnership between the US and India and pledged to pursue new opportunities to, inter alia, bolster economic growth and sustainable development. The joint statement issued at the conclusion of their meeting addresses climate, clean energy, clean energy finance and sustainable development, among other issues.

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Mitigation Update: Climate Conference Focuses on Accelerated Action, Markets and Transport Solutions Advanced

unfccc_iea_ccafs_nama_wb6 June 2016: Addressing the Group of Seven (G7), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres stated on 23 May, “Today, the challenge is to translate intent into action…that does justice to the extraordinary ambition enshrined in the Paris Agreement….” Figueres attended her final intersessional meeting of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies from 16-26 May in Bonn, Germany, where an overarching theme of 'Accelerating Implementation of the Paris Agreement' pervaded many of the special events and negotiations.

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Transparency and Compliance Update: UNFCCC National Reporting News Highlighted, Capacity Building Initiative Launched

unfccc_gef_mrv1 June 2016: A transparency and compliance regime is vital for building international trust and confidence that action to address climate change is taking place, as well as for assessing how to facilitate further action. In the last month, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released updates regarding national reporting from Parties on their climate change action, including a status report on Switzerland's greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, the status of Biennial Report (BR) submissions and assistance from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to developing countries for their Biennial Update Reports (BURs). In addition, during the Bonn Climate Change Conference, held 16-26 May, 13 developing country Parties presented their experience with preparing BURs, and the GEF updated participants on progress toward establishing and funding the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT).

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US, Saudi Arabia to Establish Consortium to Promote sCO2 Power Cycles

usa_sa2 June 2016: The US and Saudi Arabia have announced their intention to establish an international consortium to promote the research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles. The announcement was made during the inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting, which is taking place in San Francisco, California, US.

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SLCPs Assessment in Latin America and the Caribbean Outlines Key Messages for Decision Makers

CCAC23 May 2016: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have issued the first regional assessment of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. Titled 'Integrated Assessment of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in Latin America and the Caribbean: Summary for Decision Makers,' the publication aims to enable policy makers to: better quantify and understand SLCP emissions in the region; identify measures for delivering near-term climate and air pollution benefits; and estimate the reductions in regional air pollutants that could be achieved by implementing these measures, with associated health and crop yield benefits.

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UNEA-2 Discusses Implementation of 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement

unep_may1628 May 2015: The second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has concluded with the adoption of 24 resolutions as well as decisions about UNEA-3. Some major areas of focus of the meeting included, inter alia: implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement; illegal trade in wildlife; and marine litter and debris. UNEA-2 convened under the theme, 'Delivering on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.'

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May 2016 Climate Finance Update: Calls for Adaptation Funding, Attention to Climate Risk

may2016_climate_finance31 May 2016: A number of international meetings that convened in May 2016 included a focus on climate finance. Carbon pricing continued to receive attention, alongside climate change planning and financing in Africa. Calls were also made to pay increased attention to the growing 'adaptation finance gap,' and climate and disaster risks, including in investments. A number of resilience projects received funding, and development banks and climate funds organized readiness workshops.

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