Event: 35th Session of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme [viewed]

The 35th Session of the Joint Scientific Committee (JSC-35) for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will convene in Heidelberg, Germany to discuss the implementation of Grand Challenges, including Grand Challenges on: Regional Sea Level Rise; Water Availability; Cryosphere in a Changing Climate; Regional Climate Information; Climate Extremes; and Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity. The meeting will also discuss Core Projects, WCRP Councils, Working Groups, Partnerships and Joint Initiatives. JSC-35 will also hold a joint session with the WMO Technical Conference on Climate Services. WCRP is a joint project of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC).  

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Event: Policy Dialogue on Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for the Americas [viewed]

The Organization of American States (OAS) will host the 59th OAS Policy Roundtable, which will focus on the implications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) for the Americas, including challenges and opportunities related to climate change mitigation and adaptation in the region.  

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Event: Tenth Meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF10) [viewed]

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) will consider Emission Reductions Program Idea Notes (ER-PIN) from Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Peru, Republic of Congo and Viet Nam at the tenth meeting of the Carbon Fund. The meeting will also consider the Emission Reductions Program Document (ER-PD) template as well as the emission reductions buffer maintained by the FCPF.  

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Ministerial Roundtable Addresses Increased Ambition of Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

UNFCCC5 June 2014: For the first time ever, ministers joined the June session of the UN climate change talks. In a roundtable discussion on 5 June, they discussed increased ambition of Kyoto Protocol commitments and stressed the urgency of taking action. The roundtable provided an opportunity for ministers to: take stock of progress made in implementing the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol; discuss how to increase ambition in reducing emissions for that period; and address how lessons learned in implementing the Protocol could positively influence mitigation ambition, including under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

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WED 2014 Spotlights SIDS [viewed]

worlddayunep5 June 2014: This year's World Environment Day (WED), hosted by Barbados and celebrated under the banner ‘Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level', focused on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the risks and opportunities they face, particularly with respect to climate change. The Day lent an additional focus to the 2014 International Year of SIDS, as well as the Third International Conference on the Small Island Developing States, which will convene in Samoa from 1-4 September 2014. 

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Alcamo Appointed Special Science Adviser to UNFCCC Executive Secretary [viewed]

UNFCCC4 June 2014: Former UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Chief Scientist and award-winning environmental modeling researcher Joseph Alcamo was appointed Special Science Adviser to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. He will be providing pro bono advice to the Secretariat.

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CDM Executive Board Agrees on Improvements to CDM Procedures [viewed]

UNFCCC1 June 2014: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has agreed to allow flexibility in timing of the validation of monitoring plans for all scales of CDM project activities and programmes of activities (PoAs).

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UK Hosts Clean Energy Finance Summit [viewed]

Flag UK4 June 2014: The Clean Energy Finance Summit has held the inaugural meeting of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, a global public-private platform created to leverage private sector investments in low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure in developing countries. The meeting represented an opportunity for the Global Innovation Lab to consider proposals for raising private finance in consultation with experts from pension funds, investment banks and development finance institutions in developed and developing countries.

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Pacific DRM Platform Calls for Strengthened Action to Prevent Risk Accumulation, Build Resilience [viewed]

UNISDR4 June 2014: Delegates called for a Post-2015 Framework for DRR to link, where appropriate, with the expected 2015 climate change agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The call came at the conclusion of the Sixth Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management (DRM). The statement, titled 'Way Forward: Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific,' calls for a "whole-of-society" approach to prevent and reduce disaster risk. 

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CCAFS Policy Brief Identifies Key Components to Successful NAPs for Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFSJune 2014: The Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), a member of the CGIAR consortium, has published a policy brief, titled 'Climate Adaptation and Agriculture: Solutions to Successful National Adaptation Plans.' The brief emphasizes that the design of effective national adaptation plans (NAPs) hinges on careful consideration of the actors and institutions with the most influence and leverage.

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