UNDP, UNEP Support Environment and Climate Mainstreaming for Poverty Reduction [viewed]

UNDP UNEPMay 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) – UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the second edition of a report, titled 'Mainstreaming environment and climate for poverty reduction and sustainable development: A handbook to strengthen planning and budgeting processes,' which supports the integration and implementation of pro-poor, environmental sustainability objectives into national, subnational and sectoral development policies, plans and budgets to contribute to poverty alleviation and an inclusive, green economy.

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GCF Set to Begin Funding Projects [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new23 May 2015: The Government of Japan and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have signed a contribution arrangement confirming the conversion of Japan's pledge of US$1.5 billion equivalent, which carries the Fund over the required 50% threshold to begin allocating resources for projects and programmes in developing countries.

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Climate Week Paris Showcases Business Leadership on Climate Change [viewed]

climate_week_paris22 May 2015: Planned 200 days in advance of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, Climate Week Paris highlighted that "climate action makes good business sense." Business leaders, policymakers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) alike confirmed that a strong global climate change agreement, to be adopted at COP 21, will be a critical signal to the private sector to scale up their low-carbon activities.

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Climate Finance Day Focuses on Shifting Capital to Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

climate_finance_day22 May 2015: At the Paris 2015 Climate Finance Day, key stakeholders from the financial sector gathered for four roundtables on climate change, which all centered around the theme of shifting trillions of dollars toward the goal of limiting global warming below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. In addition, two platforms for tracking climate actions in the financial sector were announced and speakers throughout the day discussed tools for mitigating risk and transaction costs of climate-friendly projects.

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Stakeholder Launch of Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 Held at Climate Week Paris [viewed]

climate_action_parisweek21 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Climate Action held a Stakeholder Launch of the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 (SIF15) at Climate Week Paris, 200 days ahead of the SIF event to be held at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in December 2015. UNEP and Climate Action partner to host the SIF, which is the largest business-focused event at each COP session.

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Business Leaders Call for Global Climate Deal, Net Zero Emissions [viewed]

climate_week_paris_businessclimate_summit21 May 2015: During the Business & Climate Summit, a key event of Climate Week Paris, leaders of major businesses worldwide called on policymakers to leverage public and private finance to shift to a low-carbon economy, introduce carefully designed and predictable carbon pricing, and eliminate fossil-fuel subsidies. The Summit mobilized over 6.5 million companies from more than 130 countries through 25 business networks, who pledged to lead the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy.

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Campaign to Align Corporate Emission Reduction Targets with 2°C Goal [viewed]

science_based_targets20 May 2015: The Science Based Targets initiative has launched a global campaign to recruit 100 companies by the end of 2015 to set emission reduction targets in line with climate science. While 80% of the world's 500 largest companies are setting such targets, only the most proactive companies are doing so at the level required to meet the internationally agreed goal of limiting global temperature rise to 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

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Subnational Governments Sign Under2 MOU [viewed]

under2mou20 May 2015: A group of 12 subnational governments, representing more than US$4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people, have signed the ‘Under2 MOU,' a commitment to take leadership on climate action at the relevant levels of jurisdiction. The 12 signatories include: California, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, in the US; Acre, Brazil; Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Baja California and Jalisco in Mexico; Catalonia, Spain; Ontario and British Columbia in Canada; and Wales, UK.

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UN-REDD Rolls out Benefits and Risks Tool (BeRT) [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme19 May 2015: The UN collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries (UN-REDD Programme) has launched a tool designed to help REDD+ countries assess the social and environmental benefits and risks associated with potential REDD+ activities. The Benefits and Risks Tool (BeRT) can also analyze existing policies, laws and regulations to see how effectively they address the safeguards that the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC decided should be considered in the undertaking of REDD+ actions.

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UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights “Crucial Crossroads” for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNEPMay 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its annual report for 2014, highlighting its policy and research work in support of decision making on sustainable development. The year's work included analyses of: emissions cuts required to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celcius (2°C); financing needs for adaptation to climate change; and ecosystems as drivers of economic growth.

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