2015 Climate Finance by MDBs at US$25 Billion [viewed]

2015_climate_finance9 August 2016: In 2015, six multilateral development banks (MDBs) jointly committed more than US$25 billion in climate finance. According to the '2015 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance,' in addition, a total of US$55.7 billion were committed in co-finance, raising the total to US$80.8 billion. The sum committed in 2015 by the six MDBs represents an 11% drop compared to climate financing commitments in 2014, at US$28.3 billion, but is above 2013 levels (US$23.8 billion). The 2014 report (published in 2015) did not include data for co-financing.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Heat-Related Deaths to Increase, Children and the Poor Most Climate Vulnerable [viewed]

adaptation and loss update8 August 2016: As reports of new temperature extremes exceeding the 50°C mark continue to come in, further climate change-related concerns have been voiced by the UN community. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has expressed concern over a potential rise in deaths precipitated by heat. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank have cautioned that children and the world's poor are among those disproportionately affected by climate change. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and others have emphasized climate change impacts on food security. On the policy side, the Adaptation Committee (AC) and the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Expert Group (LEG) have issued a call for submissions from Parties and stakeholders on their Paris mandates.

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City Initiatives Contribute to SDG 11 [viewed]

unhabitat_idb_unce_itu1 August 2016: The UN and partners have developed and launched programmes and initiatives to make cities smarter and more sustainable, including the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative (U4SSC) and a pilot project to monitor urban-environment related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a guide to promote smart city management. These actions aim to contribute to SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

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Strategic Alignment Group Maps UNGA Agenda with SDG Targets [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial21 July 2016: A group of five Permanent Representatives has issued a "mapping assessment" for reducing overlap between the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and enhancing their synergy and coherence. Their report, submitted to UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft, assesses how the targets of each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) are substantively addressed by the UNGA's agenda, the agendas of the UNGA Committees, and the agendas of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its Commissions.

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Event: 30th Meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) [viewed]

The 30th Meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) will meet in September 2016. The LEG was established by the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP) in 2001, and provides technical support and advice to the least developed countries (LDCs) on national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) and the LDC work programme, as well as technical guidance and support to the national adaptation plan (NAP) process. The LEG meets twice a year and supports LDCs through: training workshops; development of guides, tools, technical papers, publications and databases; and the review of draft NAPAs.  

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Event: 13th Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee [viewed]

The 13th meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC 13) has on its agenda, inter alia: overview of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); outlook of the Marrakech Climate Change Conference 2016; matters relating to the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN); technology needs assessments (TNAs); climate technology financing; mitigation; innovation and research, development and demonstration; emerging and cross-cutting issues; joint annual report of the TEC and the CTCN for 2016; preparation of the joint annual report for submission to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA); and communication and outreach activities.The TEC is the policy component of the Technology Mechanism under the UNFCCC and was established in 2010 to facilitate enhanced action on climate technology development and transfer.  

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Event: 4th Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

This event will focus on financial instruments that address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change. More than 100 representatives from governments, financial institutions, private sector and civil society are expected to attend the forum. The forum has on its agenda: an overview of the approaches that address the risks of loss and damage; taking stock of existing financial instruments that address the risks of loss and damage across different levels and sectors; insights and case studies on these existing financial instruments; experiences on emerging national/regional funding schemes and new financing instruments; ways to replicate and scale‐up good practices and enhance effectiveness and impact; and roles and functions of different actors and strengthening linkages and collaboration. The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) was mandated by the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 17), to organize a Forum for communicating and continuing information exchange related to climate change finance in order to promote linkages and coherence. The SCF reports on the Forum in its annual reports to the COP. The Forum is being organized by the UNFCCC in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).  

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Event: Climate Vulnerable Forum Leadership Events [viewed]

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) is an international partnership of countries highly vulnerable to a warming planet. The Forum serves as a South-South cooperation platform for participating governments to act together to deal with global climate change. Leaders and Senior Officials of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) will meet in the Philippines in a series of events concluding the Philippine presidency of the body, which commenced in January 2015. Ethiopia will assume the Forum's Chair on 15 August 2016, at the conclusion of a High Level Policy Forum at the Philippine Senate. Other activities will include: an Inaugural Seminar and Lectures, of the newly-created CVF South-South Centre of excellence for climate information and services to be based in Philippines; and a Seminar, titled “Climate Diplomacy, Leadership and Negotiations,” from 11-14 August 2016, which will focus on enhancing the capacity of the CVF to collaborate and advance the collective agenda of countries highly vulnerable to climate change at international and domestic levels. The High Level Policy Forum will be hosted by the Philippine Senate and the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines. The CVF is made up of 43 member developing countries from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific, and includes various small island developing States (SIDS).  

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Mitigation Update: Cities Intensify Climate Action; IMO, ICAO Take Steps to Enable Mitigation Policies [viewed]

cdp_unfccc_imo_icao_mrv4 August 2016: The year 2015 has been confirmed as the hottest on record since at least the mid-to-late 1800s, according to the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The 'State of the Climate in 2015' report published in the Bulletin of the AMS notes the combined effect of long-term global warming and a very strong El Niño effect, and reports record-high sea levels, upper ocean heat content, global sea surface temperatures, global surface temperatures, and major greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations.

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Peru, Cameroon, Democratic People's Republic of Korea Ratify Paris Agreement [viewed]

peru_cameroon_korea 3 August 2016: The Governments of Peru, Cameroon and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have deposited their instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN on 25 July, 29 July and 2 August, respectively. With these three ratifications, a total of 22 Parties to the UNFCCC have ratified the Agreement, representing 1.08% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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