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Thirty Donor Countries Pledge US$4.43 Billion for GEF-6

GEF16 April 2014: The negotiations on the sixth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF-6) concluded with pledges totaling US$4.43 billion over four years.

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UNEP, UNDP Support NAPs Development in African LDCs

nap-gsp17 April 2014: The National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) convened a four-day, high-level training and knowledge exchange on developing and implementing NAPs. Environment, finance and planning ministers from English-speaking Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa attended the workshop.

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LEDS, World Bank Workshops Highlight African Green Growth Opportunities

World BankLEDS15 April 2014: Two regional workshops in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), addressed the relationship between green growth and natural resources management, including best practices on low emissions development strategies (LEDS).

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Honduras Accepts Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol

UNFCCC11 April 2014: Honduras has become the eighth party to the Kyoto Protocol to accept the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020).

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IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings Emphasize Climate Change, Sustainable Development

worldbank_imf13 April 2014: The Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) brought together officials, academics, practitioners, and journalists from around the world for a series of meetings and events, many of which held climate change and sustainable development in special focus.

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UK, US, Germany Launch Climate Finance Innovation Lab

uk-germa-us-flags11 April 2014: The UK, the US and Germany have announced a new initiative aimed at scaling up finance for climate change mitigation activities, especially from the private sector. Launched in partnership with the Governments of Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Norway, the initiative, dubbed the 'Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance,' will seek out private sector input on innovative tools for raising finance to combat climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Ambitious and Achievable 2015 Climate Agreement

bankimoon-warsaw11 April 2014: Addressing the Climate Leaders' Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged leaders from around the world to take action. He highlighted that vision and leadership will be necessary to make hard political decisions on climate change action.

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Nordic Council Examines Role of Land-Use in Future Climate Agreement

Nordic Council Logo8 April 2014: The Nordic Council of Ministers has published a report proposing ways to ensure an effective treatment of the land-use sector under a future climate change agreement.

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Nordic Council Studies Role of Equity in Climate Change Regime

Nordic Council Logo8 April 2014: The Nordic Council of Ministers has published a report on how equity can be operationalized in a spectrum of mitigation commitments under the climate change regime.

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UNFCCC Summarizes Information on Science Available on its Website

UNFCCC14 April 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note containing summary information on enhanced availability and visibility of scientific information relevant to the Convention on the UNFCCC website (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.5).

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UNFCCC Publishes 2013-2015 Review Submissions from the EU, Canada and Others

UNFCCC9 April 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two documents on the 2013-2015 review of the long-term global goal, containing parties' views on the future work of the structured expert dialogue (SED), including the further use of different sources of information (FCCC/SB/2014/MISC.1), and on how the review's outcomes will inform the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) (FCCC/SB/2014/MISC.2).

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop Report on Impact of Response Measures

UNFCCC8 April 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report on the in-forum workshop on 'cooperation on response strategies' under the work programme on the impact of the implementation of response measures (FCCC/SB/2014/INF.1).

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IPCC Approves Third Contribution to its Fifth Assessment

ipcc-3913 April 2014: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) approved the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of its third contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on mitigation of climate change. Human-generated emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) are continuing to rise to unprecedented levels, according to the report, which underscores the inadequacy of existing levels of effort to curb emissions.

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FAO Data Show Rising Agriculture Emissions, Declining Net Land-use Change Emissions

FAO11 April 2014: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries and other land uses (AFOLU) have doubled over the past fifty years, according to estimates released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Without increased efforts to address and reduce these emissions, the FAO cautions that emissions could increase an additional 30% by 2050.

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UNFCCC Releases Synthesis on Capacity-Building Framework Implementation

UNFCCC8 April 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a synthesis report that presents an overview of party submissions on the framework for capacity-building in developing countries. The report aims to assist the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) as it reviews progress in the implementation of the framework and identifies ways to boost capacity building.

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NAMA Facility Issues Second Call for Project Proposals

bmu-decc7 April 2014: Developing countries and emerging economies have been invited to submit Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Support Project Outlines to the NAMA Facility, which will provide financial support to projects judged to "have the potential to catalyse transformational change towards a low-carbon development."

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IFPRI Paper Outlines Agricultural Strategies for Coping with Climate Change

ifpri-fao-cgiarApril 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) released a discussion paper that identifies climate adaptation strategies for agricultural systems, with the aim of achieving food security and reducing poverty. The paper discusses how to transform crop, fisheries, forests and livestock systems under a changing climate and identifies ways the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and CGIAR can support such changes.

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Corporate Leaders Call for Capping Emissions in 'Trillion Tonne Communiqué'

prince-of-wales-corporate-leaders-group8 April 2014: Seventy companies from five continents, coordinated by The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group, have urged governments to put policies in place to prevent the cumulative emission of over a trillion tonnes of carbon.

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World Bank Assesses Cost-Benefit of Black Carbon Controls in Transport

World Bank2 April 2014: The World Bank has released a report titled 'Reducing Black Carbon Emissions from Diesel Vehicles: Impacts, Control Strategies, and Cost-Benefit Analysis,' which attempts to quantify both the health and climate benefits from a variety of measures that could reduce transportation-related black carbon emissions.

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REDD+ Partners in Congo Basin to Enhance Coordination

comifac-cbfp31 March 2014: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) has reported on the outcomes of the REDD+ partners platform meeting, which considered progress and next steps for REDD+ in the Congo Basin with a particular focus on Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Gabon.

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