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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GCF Board Paves Way for Initial Resource Mobilization [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new18 October 2014: The eighth meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) adopted decisions that form the foundation for robust capitalization, and endorsed the Fund's policies for receiving funding so that contributors can make pledges by the end of November.

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UNIDO Continues Technical Training on Environmental Projects for CIS Countries [viewed]

UNIDO17 October 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a capacity building workshop for countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on mitigating global environmental problems. The event provided 25 participants from the Ministries of Environment, Energy and Ecology of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine with tools to enhance the quality of project submissions to the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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World Bank Organizes “Boot Camp” for Green Businesses in Viet Nam [viewed]

World Bank17 October 2014: The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have created a course to support Vietnamese businesses in developing sustainable energy-related solutions and adaptation technologies in the transport, agricultural and water sectors. The ‘Clean Tech Bootcamp,' which consisted of lectures and workshops for 24 small- and medium-size clean-technology start-up companies, will be proceeded with support from a local business hub, to be established in the second half of 2014.

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GWP Southern Africa Workshop Discusses Water Security, Climate Change [viewed]

GWP Global logotype12 September 2014: Participants discussed water security and management within the context of climate change at the Sixth Water, Climate and Development Programme for Africa (WACDEP) Technical Coordination Workshop. The Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWP-SAf) hosted the workshop, which aimed to share knowledge and lessons learned from WACDEP implementation.

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