ADP Session Opens with Focus on Renewable Energy [viewed]

UNFCCC10 March 2014: The fourth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) has opened at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. It will conclude on 14 March 2014.

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CCAC Co-Chair Recognized as a Global Woman Champion [viewed]

CCAC7 March 2014: The Global Connections for Women foundation (GC4W) recognized distinguished international women leaders and global women champions for their commitment to women, youth empowerment and leadership at the International Women's Day Awards Gala. Bahijjahtu Abubakar, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) Co-Chair, was among those recognized.

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Achim Steiner to Head UNEP until June 2016 [viewed]

Achim Steiner7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has re-elected Achim Steiner to an additional two-year term as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), following a nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 February 2014 (A/68/770). 

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World Bank PMR Assembly Discusses Domestic Climate Action and Carbon Pricing Instruments [viewed]

pmr7 March 2014: Participants from 30 countries, representing approximately 80% of global emissions, discussed domestic actions taken in pursuit of low-emissions development at the Eighth Partnership Assembly of the World Bank's Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR). Participants also discussed mitigation approaches and carbon pricing initiatives, such as emissions trading schemes and carbon taxes. 

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GCF Approves 10 Private Sector and Civil Society Experts for Advisory Group [viewed]

Green Climate Fund (GCF)7 March 2014: At its February board meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved the nomination of ten private sector and civil society experts who will serve on its Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG). The PSAG will make suggestions on how the Fund, including its Private Sector Facility (PSF), should engage the private sector to catalyze, mobilize and leverage flows of private climate finance in developing countries and make use of knowledge on best available technologies.

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CGIAR Launches Projects on Women and Low-Emissions Agriculture in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras [viewed]

CCAFS6 March 2014: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has initiated three action research projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras as part of its gender strategy, which seeks to advance climate mitigation efforts that benefit both men and women farmers. These projects aim to understand the complex and surprising impacts agricultural practices and climate policies can have on women and local livelihoods.

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UNFCCC Workshop Discusses Adaptation Technology Transfer [viewed]

unfccc-workshop4 March 2014: The UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (TEC) Workshop on Technologies for Adaptation aimed to provide a platform to share experiences on the development and implementation of technologies for adaptation, and identify possible actions and recommendations by the TEC that could help promote and accelerate the development and transfer of technologies for adaptation.

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Event: World Environment Day 2014 [viewed]

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

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Event: Initial Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage [viewed]

The first meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage associated with climate change impacts is expected to develop its initial two-year workplan for implementing the mechanism, including the scheduling of meetings. The meeting will be open to observers. The Warsaw international mechanism aims to: enhance knowledge and understanding of comprehensive risk management approaches to address loss and damage, including slow onset impacts; strengthen dialogue, coordination, coherence and synergies among relevant stakeholders; and enhance action and support, including finance, technology and capacity building. It is further expected to: support actions to address loss and damage; improve work coordination under the UNFCCC's existing bodies; convene meetings; develop, compile, analyze and review information; provide technical guidance and support; and make suggestions on enhancing engagement, actions and coherence under and outside the Convention. The Executive Committee will include balanced representation between developed and developing countries, including two representatives from each of the following Convention bodies: the Adaptation Committee, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Expert Group, the Standing Committee on Finance, the Technology Executive Committee and the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention.  

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Event: Open-Ended Meeting of the CPR to UNEA [viewed]

The Open-Ended Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will consider policy matters and prepare draft decisions for the consideration of the UNEA when it meets in June 2014. The meeting will discuss, inter alia: new mechanisms to promote transparency and civil society engagement; critical gaps and recommendations on the science-policy interface;and recommendations to the Secretary-General on enhancing UNEP's role in key UN coordination bodies. The CPR will also discuss implementation of past UNEP Governing Council decisions, including a policy on access to information; international water quality guidelines for ecosystems; and outcomes of a consultative process on enhancing coordination within the chemicals and wastes cluster. The CPR is the subsidiary inter-session body of UNEP's governing body.  

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