GEF Reports on Support to Non-Annex I Party NCs and BURs [viewed]

GEF UNFCCC25 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the status of Global Environment Facility (GEF) project activities related to non-Annex I parties' national communications (NCs) and biennial update reports (BURs), as provided by the GEF (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.22). The information, which was requested by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), includes the dates funding was approved and disbursed, and the approximate date of the NC or BUR submission.

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UNFCCC 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award Winners Announced [viewed]

momentum-change25 November 2014: The UNFCCC's Momentum for Change initiative has announced the 12 winners of the 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards, which include both “large, game-changing solutions and small, entrepreneurial efforts." Each of the 12 activities touches on one of four areas related to action: by and for the urban poor; that fosters women's leadership; that unlocks climate finance; and action that uses information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

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UNFCCC Assesses Options for Market and Non-Market Mechanisms [viewed]

UNFCCC24 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published three technical papers on market and non-market mechanisms under the Convention, for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 41st session taking place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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Central American Legislators to Strengthen IWRM [viewed]

GWP Global logotype17 November 2014: The Global Water Partnership Central America (GWP-CA) and the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador organized the 8th Legislators Conference on Water Resources. The meeting addressed issues including: food security, risk management and energy; experiences with water, climate change and development; institutional reform for integrated water resources management (IWRM); and where countries are in the process of adopting or implementing national water laws.

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DESA, UNCRD Build Disaster Management Capacity in SIDS Municipalities [viewed]

United Nations13 November 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with various partners, organized a capacity-building seminar for stakeholders to discuss vulnerabilities and challenges faced by SIDS municipalities regarding the increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters, the impacts of sea-level rise and other climate-related risks.

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Forest Carbon Markets Value Surpasses US$1 Billion [viewed]

forest-trends24 November 2014: A recently released report, titled 'Turning over a New Leaf: State of Forest Carbon Markets 2014' and published by the Ecosystem Marketplace, reveals that the cumulative value of the forest carbon market has now exceeded US$1 billion thanks to a 17% increase in carbon transactions between 2012 and 2013.

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IRENA Launches REmap 2030 Country Report on China [viewed]

IRENA24 November 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published the first country report in its REmap 2030 series. Focusing on China, the study concludes that the country could expand its renewable energy consumption share of total energy from 13% to 26% by 2030, thus becoming the world's largest renewable energy user.

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UNFCCC Publishes Status of Contributions to Trust Funds [viewed]

UNFCCC24 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note containing information on the status of receipt of contributions to the UNFCCC trust funds as of 15 November 2014, as well as the status of indicative contributions to the Kyoto Protocol, which is reported separately.

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UNFCCC Synthesizes Annex I Parties' Sixth National Communications, First Biennial Reports [viewed]

UNFCCC24 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has compiled into two reports a synthesis of the national communications (NCs) and biennial reports (BRs) received from Annex I parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.20/Add.1 and FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.20/Add.2). The Secretariat has also published an Executive Summary of the Compilation and Synthesis (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.20).

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ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks [viewed]

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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