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CCAC High-Level Assembly Endorses Framework for Five-Year Strategic Plan

iisdrs_ccac20 May 2015: The sixth High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has initiated the development of a detailed implementing and planning instrument, the 'CCAC Five-Year Strategic Plan.' The Assembly endorsed a framework for the Plan with a view to launching it at the next High-Level Assembly, which will be held on the margins of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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OECD Hosts Second Green Investment Financing Forum at Climate Week Paris

oecd_climateweekparis20 May 2015: As part of Climate Week Paris, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organized the second Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) from 19-20 May 2015. The event brought together senior government officials and key actors in financing green infrastructure investment for a candid discussion with special focus on green investment banks.

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LAC Negotiators Prepare for Paris

eclac_unep19 May 2015: Senior officials and negotiators from Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries gathered for a meeting, titled ‘4th Meeting of Chief Climate Change Negotiators of Latin America and the Caribbean,' to discuss the content of a climate change agreement, which is expected to be adopted during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015.

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Southwest Pacific Ministers Focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture

Southwest Pacific Ministers of Agriculture14 May 2015: The Eleventh Meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Southwest Pacific Ministers for Agriculture convened under the theme 'Climate-Smart Agriculture.' After hearing a presentation on the vulnerability of Pacific agriculture and forestry to climate change, ministers noted the importance of a “climate and economically smart” agriculture approach that can strengthen production and processing of staple food crops.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue Strengthens Momentum Ahead of Paris

6th Petersberg Climate Dialogue19 May 2015: The Sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue focused on preparations for the Paris Climate Change Conference and included discussions on: the core elements of the planned 2015 climate agreement; intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); the role of climate finance; the form a set of rules “anchored in the Paris agreement” might take; and the best way to use the remaining time before Paris in order to address as many unresolved issues as quickly as possible.

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UNFCCC Updates on Annex I Party Reporting

UNFCCC13 May 2015: In preparation for the 42nd session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) taking place in June 2015, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note (FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.3) informing parties of the status of reporting by Annex I parties as of 30 April 2015. The update provides the status of the submission and review of the sixth national communications (NC6s) and first biennial reports (BR1s).

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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India, China Express Support for Successful Paris Climate Conference

india_china15 May 2015: China and India published a joint statement on climate change in which the two major economies express their full support for the success of the Paris UN Climate Change Conference, to be held in December 2015. The statement was issued during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China, during which he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

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Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Focuses on Paris Conference

ppcr15 May 2015: The fifth Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) aimed to, inter alia: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review the implementation of, and share lessons learned from, the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against agreed indicators in its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework; facilitate and provide mechanisms for strengthening networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries; and discuss the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP).

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Canada Submits INDC

CANADA Flag15 May 2015: The Government of Canada has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. Canada intends to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions economy-wide by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Canada is the 38th party to formally submit an INDC.

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World Bank Outlines Steps to Global Zero Net Emissions Before 2100

World Bank11 May 2015: The World Bank has launched a report that outlines three steps for reaching zero net emissions globally before 2100. In order to keep global temperature rise below 2ºC degrees Celsius, the report calls on governments to: avoid locking in damaging growth patterns; create incentives for investing in low-carbon growth; and establish support mechanisms for the poor and transformation opportunities for businesses.

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ACT 2015 Outlines Legal Suggestions for Paris Agreement

act_201512 May 2015: The Agreement on Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015) has released a working paper on legal suggestions for UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiators to secure a successful outcome in Paris. The paper, titled ‘Getting Specific on the 2015 Climate Change Agreement: Suggestions for the Legal Text with an Explanatory Memorandum,' was prepared by a consortium that comprises leading research institutions and universities that have come together to catalyze discussion and build momentum ahead of Paris.

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EEA Describes Climate Change Adaptation Platforms in Europe

EEA12 May 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published technical report No. 5/2015, titled ‘Overview of climate change adaptation platforms in Europe,' which reviews the state of play of most adaptation platforms in Europe.

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UNFCCC TEC Reports on Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer

UNFCCC11 May 2015: The UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (TEC) has released an interim report (FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.5) on its evaluation of the Poznan Strategic Programme (PSP) on Technology Transfer. The Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) will consider the report when it takes up the agenda item on the PSP at its 42nd session in June 2015. The evaluation is being conducted with the aim of enhancing the Convention's Technology Mechanism.

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24 Mediterranean Mayors Sign Climate Change Covenant

convenant_of_mayors6 May 2015: Twenty-four mayors and representatives of local authorities from six Union of the Mediterranean members have signed onto the Covenant of Mayors, thus committing themselves to help reduce carbon emissions.

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MRV Partnership Francophone Workshop Addresses GHG Inventory Challenges

MRV2 April 2015: The International Partnership on Mitigation and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) has announced that as a result of its third regional workshop with the 'Cluster Francophone,' 24 participants from 19 French-speaking developing countries have developed ideas for improving their greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and institutional arrangements based on the real-world examples presented.

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Caribbean Countries Call for Effective 2015 Climate Agreement

Declaration_of_Fort_de_France9 May 2015: Emphasizing the interdependence of the planet's ecosystems and its inhabitants, 13 Caribbean Heads of State and Government have issued a call for an effective global agreement to be agreed at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The leaders state that climate change, with its consequences already being felt, is a strong illustration of the world's interdependence and a reminder of the need to take on collective responsibility to solve the problem together, in solidarity.

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Update on Doha Amendment Ratification

UNFCCC8 May 2015: Since the month of February, the UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Ecuador, Grenada, Liechtenstein, the Marshall Islands, Namibia, Palau and South Africa have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 30.

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CCAFS Reports on Advances in Climate-Smart Agriculture

CCAFS7 May 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published its 2014 annual report, titled ‘Climate-smart agriculture: Acting locally, informing globally,' on advancing the concept and practice of climate-smart agriculture in farmers' fields and global initiatives, as well as through collaboration with farmers, civil society, governments and researchers.

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Mediterranean Countries Prepare for COP 21

ufm7 May 2015: In conjunction with the Mediterranean Climate Week, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) organized an Informal High-Level Conference on Climate Change. The Conference focused on supporting national and regional efforts to prepare climate change goals, and thus advance progress toward a universal climate change agreement to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in December 2015.

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