Event: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) [viewed]

The second meeting of the MEF in 2015 is scheduled for 18-19 July 2015, in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg. The meeting will be chaired by Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, and Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change. The MEF intends to convene four times in 2015. The Forum, launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, is aimed at facilitating candid dialogue among major emitting countries, both developed and developing, to garner the political leadership needed to advance efforts against climate change. The 17 major economies participating are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, South Africa, the UK and the US.  

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African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries Discuss COP 21 Position [viewed]

uneca-gcca1 July 2015: UNFCCC Parties from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific gathered for a Joint Policy Discussion geared toward finding a common position ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21), scheduled to take place in November-December 2015, in Paris, France. According to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), co-host of the Discussion with the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA), participants unanimously expressed concern about the difficulty of adaptation in the current state of climate politics and finance.

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Event: Workshop on the Development of Climate Information Systems for Heat Health Early Warning: Assessing Knowledge, Needs and the Path Forward [viewed]

The Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS) of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) will hold a Workshop on the Development of Climate Information Systems for Heat Health Early Warning: Assessing Knowledge, Needs and the Path Forward. The three-day workshop is organized into several panel and discussion sessions, and will address, among other topics: current weather and climate forecasts and projection capacity for heat events; public health decisions across time scales; state of knowledge of heat exposure parameters and health outcomes across time scales; informing the development of a National Integrated Heat Health Early Warning; stakeholder engagement and communication; and strategic planning for integrated information systems. The workshop is supported by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).  

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Event: ASEAN Power Shift 2015 [viewed]

350 Singapore, with the support of Young National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), is organizing a Power Shift conference for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, which will host 300-500 youth from the 10 ASEAN countries to focus on: aligning their position ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015; learning about one another's environmental initiatives; and networking and collaborating on climate initiatives. Participants will follow either a policy track or one of several knowledge tracks to guide their attendance at parallel sessions. Those on the Policy Track will work on an ASEAN Youth Position Paper for adoption by the conference at its conclusion. Those on the Knowledge Track will attend various workshops under the tracks: policies; media and communications; and creative activism.  

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CFCC15 Climate Science Conference Calls for Bold Action [viewed]

our_common_future10 July 2015: The 'Our Common Future under Climate Change' international science conference (CFCC15) attracted almost 2,000 academics from close to 100 countries, the largest gathering of the scientific community in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. According to the outcome statement of the CFCC15, "2015 is a critical year for progress. The window for economically feasible solutions [to climate change] with a reasonable prospect of holding warming to 2°C or less is rapidly closing."

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GCF Set to Review First Project Proposals [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new10 July 2015: The 10th meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) decided on policies and procedures that will enable a review of the Fund's first project proposals at the GCF Board's 11th meeting, with an eye on making financing decisions ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Board also accredited 13 new partner institutions, and launched a US$200 million pilot programme for enhancing direct access to the GCF.

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MDBs Will Collaborate to Mobilize Resources for Achievement of SDGs [viewed]

mdbs_210 July 2015: In the lead-up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) signaled their intention to extend over US$400 billion in financing over the next three years and to work more closely with each other and with public and private sector partners to mobilize resources to support the achievement of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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MDBs Adopt Principles for Tracking Climate Adaptation Finance [viewed]

mdbs_png9 July 2015: Six multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) have released a document titled 'Common Principles for Climate Change Adaptation Finance Tracking,' which outlines the approach the banks have agreed to take in measuring adaptation finance commitments and flows. The common approach is expected to improve consistency in reporting and consequently boost confidence that funds are flowing to vulnerable societies dealing with climate change impacts.

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BRICS to Operationalize New Development Bank, Strengthen Energy Cooperation [viewed]

brics9 July 2015: At its seventh annual summit, the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) announced the BRICS Economic Partnership Strategy through 2020, which aims to strengthen ties in energy, high technology, agriculture, science and education. The BRICS also adopted the New Development Bank and Contingent Reserve Arrangement, with a total capacity of US$200 billion.

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Climate Summit of the Americas Issues Climate Action Statement [viewed]

iisd_climate_summit9 July 2015: The Climate Summit of the Americas has issued the first-ever Pan-American Climate Action Statement leading up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Paris, France, from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The Government of Ontario convened over 300 government, business and civil society leaders to foster and strengthen partnerships among jurisdictions for global climate action, and build motivation and support for carbon pricing.

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