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ADP 2-6 Opens with Focus on Two Draft Decisions

UNFCCC20 October 2014: The sixth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-6) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opened on 20 October 2014, in Bonn, Germany, and will conclude on 25 October 2014. The ADP will focus on preparing key documents for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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131st IPU Assembly Debates Gender Equality, Climate Change and Water Management

Ipu16 October 2014: The 131st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) addressed a number of sustainable development issues, including gender equality and disaster risk management, climate change, and water management. The Assembly, along with related meetings, gathered more than 700 Members of Parliament (MPs) from 141 countries.

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US Department of Defense: Climate Change Poses Immediate Security Threat

dod13 October 2014: The US Department of Defense (DoD) has released the ‘2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap' to address the threats that climate change poses to US national security and to plan ahead for a wide range of contingencies. The report explains that: climate change will affect the DoD's ability to defend the country and poses immediate risks to US national security; and the DoD is responding through adaptation and mitigation activities.

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CTCN Advisory Board Discusses LDC Request Incubator, Budget and CTN Expansion

ctcn10 October 2014: At its fourth meeting, the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Advisory Board expressed its full support for a Least-Developed Country (LDC) request incubator programme to recognize the specific needs of LDCs and to assist them in taking full advantage of the CTCN's resources. Board members also discussed increasing collaboration between CTCN and financial institutions, determined that the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and CTCN will finalize the bodies' joint 2014 report, and heard a statement from the presidency of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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UNDP, Partners Announce Climate Change Finance Innovation Award

UNDPOctober 2014: The UN Development Programme's Millennium Development Goal Carbon (UNDP MDG Carbon) and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd. have announced the 'Climate Change Finance Innovation Award Contest,' which addresses the need for innovative financing concepts for scaled-up mitigation actions.

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CGE Conducts Workshops on UNFCCC Reporting for Developing Countries

UNFCCC10 September 2014: As part of its work to build developing country reporting capacity under the UNFCCC, the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications for Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) organized two more regional workshops: one for the Eastern European and Asia-Pacific regions and one for the Latin American and Caribbean region. The trainings focused on using the biennial update report (BUR) guidelines available on the UNFCCC website.

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Malawi Develops Primary School Climate Change Curriculum

UN CC:LearnSeptember 2014: The Government of Malawi has published a 'Climate Change Sourcebook for Primary School Teachers' in support of its National Climate Change Learning Strategy, developed under the One UN Climate Change Learning (UN CC:Learn) Partnership. The Sourcebook, 22,300 of which have been distributed thus far, promotes integrating climate change education into schools with the goal of shifting an entire young generation of Malawians toward climate-friendly practices, attitudes and behavior.

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ICRAF, CCAFS, CARE Launch 'Gender and Inclusion Toolbox'

ccgiar-ccafs-wag15 October 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and CARE International have developed the 'Gender and Inclusion Toolbox: Participatory Research on Climate Change and Agriculture,' an online resource for incorporating gender perspectives into research and climate change projects. The Toolbox includes tested and refined learning activities, exercises, calendars and questionnaires intended to explore such topics as gender roles and women's empowerment.

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UNFCCC Reports on REDD+ Information Hub Expert Meeting

UNFCCC14 October 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of an expert meeting held to discuss the information hub to be created for activities related to REDD+ (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.13). According to the report, meeting participants concluded that a significant degree of flexibility for adjustments should be built into the hub. The experts noted that parties may wish to revise the hub as experience tracking results is gained or to link it with other information systems that may be created under the UNFCCC.

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COP 20 Presidency Meets Informally with Lead ADP Negotiators

cop20-unfccc3 October 2014: With the aim of providing an additional space for negotiations, the Government of Peru convened government representatives from close to 40 countries for an Informal Meeting to discuss issues on the agenda of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The meeting considered issues related to pre-2020 ambition, intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), and the 2015 agreement.

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EUROCLIMA Seminar Prepares for Lima

Euroclima3 October 2014: The ‘IV Seminario EUROCLIMA' brought together more than 60 participants from Latin American countries, regional organizations from the EU and Latin America, and Spanish Government entities to discuss different aspects of the regional cooperation programme on climate change between the EU and Latin America.

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Report Examines Liability of Oil and Gas Companies for Climate Change

october2014.ccpa9 October 2014: The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), an independent policy research organization, has published a study titled ‘Payback Time? What the Internationalization of Climate Litigation Could Mean for Canadian Oil and Gas Companies.' The report finds that oil and gas companies could be liable for billions of dollars in damages for their contribution to climate change.

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EEA Report Identifies Triggers for Adaptation Policy

EEA14 October 2014: According to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), extreme weather events and EU policies are the primary drivers of climate change adaptation policy in Europe. The report, based on a survey of national adaptation authorities, finds that information provision is the most commonly mentioned adaptation policy instrument, and water management is the most prioritized sector for adaptation.

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World Summit of Regions Issues Paris Declaration on Climate Action

r2013 October 2014: The first World Summit of Regions for Climate brought together over 1,000 representatives of cities, regions, provinces, states, universities and businesses to address climate change, and resulted in a joint declaration calling for commitment to concrete actions on the road to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, when a new climate deal is expected to be agreed.

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UNITAR Teaches Permaculture in Bangladesh

Unitar25 September 2014: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) organized a training on permaculture design for members of 42 communities in the Khulna district of Bangladesh. The course included elements of both climate change mitigation and adaptation, covering such topics as sustainable village design, water management and construction of climate changed-adapted houses.

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CEOs, Finance Ministers Address Climate Change at World Bank, IMF Meetings

WB and IMF13 October 2014: The 2014 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) tackled some of the most pressing issues and risks facing the world today, such as the Ebola epidemic, unrest in the Middle East, climate change and lack of money for critical infrastructure.

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Disaster Reduction Day Focuses on Contributions of Older People

United Nations13 October 2014: This year's International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) focused on the contributions of older people in combating climate change and to the post-2015 disaster risk reduction (DRR) framework. The Day focused on the theme ‘Resilience is for Life,' with celebrations that: called for a more inclusive approach for older people in DRR; emphasized their needs; recognized their role in and contribution to better planning and understanding of disaster risk; and addressed how they can help build resilience in their communities using their experience and knowledge.

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Climate and Development in Africa Conference Focuses on Food Security

UNECA10 October 2014: The fourth conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) focused on how the continent can feed itself, especially under a changing climate. The conference addressed the connections between climate and agriculture, examining how climate-smart agriculture can increase resilience, how climate change will affect the livelihoods and food security of vulnerable populations, and how climate knowledge can bolster agricultural productivity.

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BASIC Ministers Prepare for Lima

South African Flag10 October 2014: Ministers from the four BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) countries convened for the group's 19th Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change to discuss: issues relating to the UNFCCC negotiations; matters relating to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP); and key topics emerging from the negotiations and informal consultations.

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UNEP, Partners Offset CBD COP 12 Emissions

unep-cbd7 October 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with several partners, has launched an initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). A dedicated ‘Carbon Offsetting Fund' will operate though 17 October, seeking to encourage conference participants, as well as the general public, to offset their emissions resulting from the event.

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