Mitigation Partnership Hosts African Regional Peer-to-Peer Exchange on BURs [viewed]

Partnership on Mitigation and MRV17 October 2014: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (measuring, reporting and verification) hosted a workshop on preparing biennial update reports (BURs) for African countries. The 'African Regional Workshop: Peer-to-Peer Exchange on BURs,' organized in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana, was the second such experience-sharing event for African Parties preparing national communications under the UNFCCC.

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Structured Expert Dialogue Assesses Adequacy of Long-Term Global Goal [viewed]

UNFCCC16 October 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a summary report of the third meeting of the structured expert dialogue (SED 3), which aimed to contribute to assessing the adequacy of the long-term global goal and overall progress towards achieving it based on the contributions of Working Groups II (WGII) and III (WGIII) to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). During SED 3, IPCC experts presented findings from AR5 WGII and WGIII and highlighted their relevance to both themes of the 2013–2015 review, which was followed by a moderated discussion.

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Transboundary Basins Workshop Focuses on Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

UNECE15 October 2014: The Fifth Workshop on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins focused on developing and implementing climate change adaptation strategies and measures, taking into account specific outcomes at the transboundary level. The workshop brought together experts working on adaptation to climate variability and change, with a focus on transboundary basins, and was preceded by the 7th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate on 13 October. It was convened under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, with support from the Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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ADB Workshop Examines Climate Change Implications in Mekong Region [viewed]

ADB-Greater Mekong10 October 2014: Following a workshop that examined 'Mekong Protected Areas and Climate Change – Implications for Livelihoods and Development,' over 60 participants from the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are returning home to implement country action plans based on the best practices, tools and adaptation strategies learned at the workshop. The results of the workshop will also inform the 'Protected Areas, Development, and Climate Change in the GMS (PAD2)' project, set to commence in 2015.

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GCF Publishes Compilation of Submissions on Investment Framework [viewed]

green-climate-fund-newOctober 2014: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has published a compilation of submissions on the Fund's investment framework. Following the adoption of the Fund's initial investment framework in August 2014, the GCF Board's Investment Committee is considering elements for further development of the framework, including: definitions for activity-specific sub-criteria and a set of activity-specific indicators; minimum benchmarks for each criterion, consideration of best practices of other institutions; and identification and comparison of methodologies for assessing the relative quality and innovativeness of comparable funding proposals in comparable circumstances.

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EMG SOM20 Focuses on UN System-Wide Strategy on Environment, SDGs [viewed]

emeg25 September 2014: During the 20th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM20) of the Environment Management Group (EMG), senior management of 38 UN agencies, multilateral agreement bodies and intergovernmental financial institutions focused on coherence in environmental programming, sustainable operations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The senior officials also undertook important discussions on the Group's contribution to the preparation of a UN System-Wide Strategy on the Environment.

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Event: INDM, IGO, IACNDR [viewed]

The Third Hemispheric Encounter of the Inter-American Network for Disaster Mitigation (INDM) will consider the theme 'Integrating Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Development Agenda'. A meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction (IACNRD) will take place in parallel on 25 November, followed on 26 November by a Meeting of the Subregional Specialized Inter-governmental Organizations (IGO) on Disaster Risk Management that also serve as the Regional Focal Points for INDM, namely the Central American Integration System's (SICA) Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC), CARICOM's Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and the Andean Community's Committee for the Prevention and Attention to Disasters (CAPRADE). These meetings will: share experiences and good practices on the basis of the findings and results of studies undertaken in Central America, the Caribbean and Andean region so as to inform public policy to improve national disaster risk management systems; reactivate the ICDM and IACNRD; discuss a strategic plan for the next three to five years; and increase collaboration and coordination between the OAS, sub-regional IGO and UN agencies, particularly the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (ISDR), regarding disaster risk management.  

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Event: 2014 Climate and Health Summit [viewed]

Organized in parallel with the 20th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 20), the third annual Climate and Health Summit will raise awareness about climate change's negative effects on health and mitigation's potential to create a "cleaner, healthier and more equitable world". The Summit aims to ensure health considerations are included in negotiations toward a 2015 agreement on climate change. The Global Climate and Health Alliance, organizer of the Summit, hopes to galvanize the international health community in advance of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and COP 21 in 2015. The Summit will exhibit climate change best practices that improve public health. The event will bring together government ministers from health, development, energy and environment departments, other policy makers, technical experts, academics, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society, medical and health professionals, local health and environment authorities, UN staff and youth.  

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Guest Article #113: Why We Need Climate Clubs - A Second Track Climate Strategy [viewed]

Maybe Angela Merkel was just smart as usual when she declined the UN Secretary-General's invitation for the 2014 Climate Summit in New York.

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CIFOR Reveals REDD+ Knowledge Gap in Central Africa [viewed]

CIFOR20 October 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has exposed what it says is a significant gap in knowledge on the links between climate change and forests in Central Africa. Despite tropical forests being an important source and sink for greenhouse gasses (GHGs), CIFOR has released a study documenting that stakeholders in the region still lack a solid understanding of concepts such as REDD+ and climate change adaptation.

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