COP 20 Event Highlights MAPS Experience in Latin America [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: On the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Government of Switzerland organized an event on the experiences of the four Latin American countries participating in the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) South-South collaboration. 'Innovation in the Development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs): The MAPS Experience,' highlighted the experiences of Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru and emphasized the role of research in guiding decision making.

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IETA, GEF Event Explores Financial Innovations for Low-Carbon Investments [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) organized a 'High-Level Dialogue on Public and Private Green Financial Innovations' on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The event brought together public and private sector leaders to discuss how to scale up innovative financial mechanisms for low-carbon investments.

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ITTO and Japan Release Updated REDD+ Information Booklet [viewed]

Itto9 December 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Government of Japan released an updated version of the REDD+ booklet highlighting relevant findings from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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World Bank and GEF Partner with Colombia for Forest Conservation [viewed]

World Bank - GEF9 December 2014: The World Bank announced the approval of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project to support improved forest governance and sustainable land management in Colombia.

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CIF Pledges Reach US$8.3 Billion [viewed]

CIF8 December 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has received approximately US$765 million in funding for its four programmes, bringing total CIF contributions to approximately US$8.3 billion. The additional financing will enable the CIF to expand into more countries and bridge a financing gap faced by some of its programmes.

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Ecuador Preparing National Communication, BUR to UNFCCC [viewed]

Ecuador10 December 2014: Ecuador is preparing its second national communication and its first biennial update report (BUR) to the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, which will update and enhance information on its national circumstances, greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, climate change mitigation, vulnerability to climate change and steps taken to adapt to climate change.

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UNECE Releases Recommendations on Climate Change-Related Statistics [viewed]

UNECEDecember 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report, titled 'Recommendations on Climate Change-Related Statistics,' which focuses on improving the official statistics used to analyze climate change, its causes and impacts. The publication promotes the use of climate change-related information generated by national statistical offices (NSOs) among official statisticians.

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Guest Article #120: The UN System Delivering as One on Climate Action [viewed]

The UN system of organizations is comprised of more than 40 entities covering issues ranging from human rights to agriculture and civil aviation. With climate change affecting virtually every aspect of development, it is a matter of concern for all of them. At the same time, the transition to low-carbon, resilient and inclusive development offers huge opportunities to achieve the ultimate objective of the UN system – a life in dignity for all.

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GCF Passes US$10 Billion Mark Following Pledges from Australia, Belgium [viewed]

australia-belgia9 December 2014: Pledges from Australia and Belgium to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have pushed GCF capitalization over the US$10 billion threshold. Australia committed AU$200 million while Belgium pledged €51.7 million.

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At UNFCCC High-level Segment, Ban Urges Draft Text as Basis for 2015 Climate Deal [viewed]

UNFCCC9 December 2014: The UN Climate Change Conference's high-level segment opened in Lima, Peru, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stating that fully tackling the impacts of climate change requires a transformation, not just “tinkering” with past agreements and pledges.

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