UNEP DTU, GIZ Discuss Links between NAMAs and INDCs [viewed]

unep-dtuNovember 2014: A draft discussion paper released by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership examines how countries' efforts to simultaneously develop and implement Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) can be effectively linked and mutually-reinforcing.

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Guest Article #118: The Adaptation Fund's Success Story [viewed]

In just a few short years, the Adaptation Fund (AF) has built a focused, effective, and transparent climate adaptation financing instrument that directly aids the most vulnerable communities in developing countries.

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UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report Proposes 6 Elements for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

syntesis-proposal4 December 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released an advance version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' In the report, Ban proposes an integrated set of six essential elements: dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership.

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Member States Debate Working Methods, Scope and Timing of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Post 2015 Process3 December 2014: UN Member States convened for an informal plenary meeting on “the organization and modalities for intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.” Governments responded to the co-facilitators' “food for thought” paper of 17 November 2014, which had been issued following the consultations of 4 and 10 November. Member States are expected to meet again next week to discuss a new calendar of eight negotiating dates, circulated by the co-facilitators at the end of the session.

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EU-US Energy Council Statement Highlights Climate Change Commitments [viewed]

usa-eu-flag3 December 2014: The EU and the US are committed to leading the fight against climate change, according to a joint statement released by the sixth meeting of the EU-US Energy Council. As outlined in the statement, the Council welcomed the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitments of the EU and the US, applauded their respective pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and discussed mobilizing long-term investments in sustainable energy for developing regions.

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UNFCCC SCF Releases Biennial Assessment of Climate Finance Flows [viewed]

UNFCCC3 December 2014: The UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) has released a compilation of information and data on financial flows supporting mitigation and adaptation within countries and via international support. The assessment estimates a lower range of global total climate finance flows of US$340 billion a year for the period 2011-2012 and an upper range of at least US$650 billion.

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GEF Publication Summarizes 20 Years of UNFCCC COP Guidance [viewed]

GEF3 December 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has presented a report to the 20th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC in Lima, Peru, on its response to guidance received at COP 19 in 2013. As an operating entity of the UNFCCC's financial mechanism, the GEF functions under the guidance of and is accountable to the COP, which decides on UNFCCC-related policies, programme priorities and eligibility criteria.

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IFAD Builds Adaptation Capacity of Smallholders [viewed]

IFAD3 December 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) outlined investments to help smallholders adapt to climate change as a contribution to improved livelihoods, nutrition and environmental health. The ‘Smallholder Advantage Report' covers actions ranging from improved access to weather information to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and the cataloguing of traditional knowledge.

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2014 One of Hottest Years on Record, Says WMO [viewed]

WMO3 December 2014: 2014 is turning out to be one of the hottest years, if not the hottest year, on record, according to preliminary estimates by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO attributes the high temperatures to record high sea surface temperatures, which contributed to heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others. The WMO's provisional statement of the ‘Status of the Global Climate in 2014' is intended to inform the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Lima, Peru.

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World Bank Loan to Help Uruguay Mitigate Climate Shocks [viewed]

World Bank2 December 2014: The World Bank Group has approved a US$200 million loan to stabilize electricity costs and tariffs in the event of droughts in Uruguay, with the aim of avoiding financial pressures that might affect the government's ability to provide services to the poor. The loan will contribute to providing insurance coverage to support the Energy Stabilization Fund in mitigating climate shocks while helping to diversify the country's energy sector.

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