Interfaith Summit Urges Fair and Ambitious Outcome on Climate Change [viewed]

interfaith-summit-climatechange22 September 2014: An Interfaith Summit on Climate Change, organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC), a body that includes 345 churches representing about 560 million Christians worldwide, and Religions for Peace, an interfaith coalition with members in more than 70 countries, has highlighted the faith communities' concerns and proposals to the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit as part of long-term efforts to influence the climate negotiations.

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Leaders' Forum on Women Urges Ambition, Concrete Climate Change Action [viewed]

mary-robinsonUN Women Logo22 September 2014: An event titled ‘Leaders' Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action,' which was co-hosted by UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, addressed the particular needs and responses of women in terms of climate policy.

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ECLAC Assesses Climate Change Costs for Latin America and Caribbean [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo22 September 2014: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) calculates that, in a 2.5°C temperature rise scenario, the economic costs of climate change will equal approximately 2.5% of the region's annual gross domestic product (GDP). The study notes that the region is faced with “an asymmetrical dual challenge” given its limited contribution to total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and high vulnerability to climate change. It estimates the annual adaptation costs for the region at approximately 0.5% of the region's annual GDP.

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UNFCCC Releases COP 20 and CMP 10 Provisional Annotated Agendas [viewed]

UNFCCC22 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released provisional annotated agendas for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 10) to be held in Lima, Peru, from 1-12 December 2014.

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Equator Prizes Awarded to 26 Local and Indigenous Leaders [viewed]

equator-prize-winner21 September 2014: The 2014 Equator Prize Awards Ceremony event honored 26 leaders of local and indigenous communities around the world, whose efforts to address climate change head on and innovate new solutions to issues of food security, land management and water conservation led to their selection from 1,234 global nominations. The Equator Initiative is a partnership between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and various public and private donors.

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EU Climate Action Commissioner Hosts Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change [viewed]

European Union 21 September 2014: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change, focusing on progress on the UN climate change negotiations, was hosted by EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. The roundtable was held in the lead-up to other major climate events held in New York, including the 20th meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) and the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit.

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2013 Global Carbon Emissions Reach New Record [viewed]

global-carbon-project21 September 2014: Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning and cement production reached a record 9.9±0.5 billion tonnes of CO2 (GtCO2) in 2013, rising 2.3% over the previous year and 61% above the rate in 1990, according to the Global Carbon Project. The results, published in the ‘Carbon Budget 2014,' predict that emissions will grow by another 2.5% to 10.1±0.5 GtCO2 in 2014.

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UNFCCC Discusses Timing of COP/CMP President's Election [viewed]

UNFCCC19 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note, titled ‘Adjusting the Timing of the Election of the President,' which discusses options for adjusting the timing of the election of the President of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), as well as options for strengthened coordination between the President and incoming COP and CMP Presidencies to ensure a smooth transition between sessions.

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UNFCCC Reports on 2014-2015 Budget Performance [viewed]

UNFCCC19 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the budget performance for the first six months of the biennium 2014–2015 of the trust funds administered by the Secretariat (FCCC/SBI/2014/10). The information presented includes income and expenditure, and results achieved as of 30 June 2014.

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ADB Highlights Positive Economic Impacts of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

ADBSeptember 2014: A modeling study published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) identifies several positive macroeconomic impacts from improving energy efficiency. The study focuses on seven Asian countries from 2010 to 2050, and finds that energy efficiency policies would have a positive impact on private consumption, government expenditure, investment, and result in an increase in intraregional trade.

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