Guest Article #122: Towards a Third Decade of Connecting Science and Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

In just over three months' time, the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) will celebrate its 20th anniversary of operations, carrying on its mission of connecting scientists in the global change community, enhancing scientific capacity of member country researchers, and strengthening science-policy interactions across the region.

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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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WMO: 2014 on Track to be Europe's Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

Wmo17 December 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that analysis of European temperature data from January through November 2014 confirms that 2014 will almost certainly be Europe's warmest year on record. A new analysis of European temperature records dating back to the 1500s estimates the January-December annual mean temperature to be .3°C above the previous record set in 2007.

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FAO Reports on Mesoamerican LULUCF Workshop [viewed]

FAO16 December 2014: The Mesoamerican Workshop on National Emissions Inventories and Mitigation Plans in Agriculture, Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) assisted 15 countries in identifying resources and methods in order to improve their reporting under the UNFCCC, according to the workshop's final report, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The report also relays the major challenges these countries face in both implementing and reporting on measures to address climate change.

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African Sustainable Transport Forum Outcome Document Released [viewed]

astf15 December 2014: Following the inaugural conference of the African Sustainable Transport Forum (ASTF), an outcome document has been published that summarizes the ASTF's ministerial session and the ASTF Action Framework. The Framework includes 13 actions and an institutional structure for the ASTF Secretariat. It also presents a roadmap for sustainable transport in Africa, based on a harmonization of priority action areas identified by conference participants.

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IEA Projects 2.1% Annual Growth in Coal Demand through 2019 [viewed]

IEA15 December 2014: The 2014 Medium-Term Coal Market Report, published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), finds that coal demand will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 2.1% until 2019. China is expected to account for three-fifths of that demand, while modest declines in coal consumption in the US and EU will be offset by growth in India's demand, according to the report.

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Adaptation Fund Publishes 24th Board Meeting Report [viewed]

Adaptation Fund12 December 2014: The Adaptation Fund has published the report from the Adaptation Fund Board's (AFB) 24th meeting, which met from 9-10 October 2014, in Bonn, Germany. The report contains the proceedings of the meeting, including summaries of the reports: on activities of the Chair; on activities of the Secretariat; of the Accreditation Panel; of the 14th meeting of the Project and Programme Review Committee (PPRC); and of the 15th meeting of the Ethics and Finance Committee.

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CGIAR Paper Analyzes Literature to Identify Key Trends in Adaptation Governance [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has recently published a working paper, titled 'Systematic Review Approach to Identifying Key Trends in Adaptation Governance at the Supranational Level.' Authored by Livia Bizikova, Daniella Echeverria and Anne Hammill, the paper analyzes peer-reviewed literature on adaptation governance focused on food security at the supranational level.

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CGIAR Working Paper Analyzes Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security Governance through Comparative Politics [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has recently published a working paper, titled 'The Comparative Turn in Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security Governance Research.' Its author, Mark Purdon, argues that the concepts and methods of comparative politics can shine light on political factors important for catalyzing positive change on the governance of climate change adaptation and food security in the developing world.

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EU Ministers Call for Policy Coherence in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

EU16 December 2014: The Council of the European Union (EU) discussed and adopted the conclusions of its Foreign Affairs Council on coordination of international aid efforts in the context of the post-2015 development agenda, highlighting the need to approach the issues in a “truly transformative” manner and to promote policy coherence.

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