European Council Addresses Next Steps for Energy Union [viewed]

European Council19 March 2015: The European Council has confirmed its commitment to the EU's Energy Union at a meeting focused on designing the first steps toward the Union. The Council released its 'Conclusions on the Energy Union,' which call for concrete actions to support the Union and a forward-looking climate policy. The Conclusions also call for coordinated climate diplomacy ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015 and intensified work on financing, technology transfer and capacity building.

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Event: Climate Finance Day 2015 [viewed]

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Caisse des Dépôts are organizing this event to give private financial operators an opportunity to reflect on "how to shift the trillions" of dollars needed toward the goal of limiting average global temperature rise to below 2°C. The banking and financial sector will share solutions for reducing financing for a high carbon economy, engage in debates on green investment, highlight successful policies that lower risks and open up opportunities, and showcase its commitment to combating climate change.  

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Event: Scaling Up Finance for Climate Action: A Public-Private Dialogue [viewed]

This event will focus on what it will take to close the climate finance gap in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and European Investment Bank (EIB) President Werner Hoyer will lead the discussion with policy makers, international financial institutions (IFIs), civil society and the private sector, focusing on ways to deliver the funds needed to transition to a low-carbon, resilient economy. Other speakers will include Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and Climate Change Special Envoy, and Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs.  

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Event: Sixth Session of the IRENA Assembly [viewed]

The sixth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly will convene from 16-17 January 2016. The event will consider, among other things, the Agency's work programme for 2016/2017 and review its medium-term strategy.  

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Event: Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas Second Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

The second Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) will take place from 25-26 May 2015 in Mexico. The meeting will provide a space for dialogue among the ECPA Governments to enhance regional cooperation on energy and climate change issues. Technical discussions will take place on 25 May, followed by the ECPA Ministrial Session on 26 May. Preparations for the second Ministerial Meeting have been made through four sub-regional preparatory meetings in 2014. The Ministerial Meeting will be followed by the Sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6), from 27-28 May, also hosted by the Government of Mexico in Merida.  

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C40 Latin American Mayors Forum Demonstrate Local Climate Leadership [viewed]

c40_forum28 March 2015: The first-ever C40 Latin American Mayors Forum convened in order to provide a platform for mayors across the region to demonstrate their leadership in tackling climate change, and an opportunity for mayors and city experts to share successful practices, engage with climate finance institutions and commit to the Compact of Mayors, a global initiative to accelerate local climate action.

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UNESCO-IHP Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Water Security [viewed]

UNESCOMarch 2015: The inception meeting of the project ‘Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe,' organized by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), launched a discussion on water security building on the existing networks, know-how and experiences of effective adaptation strategies.

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UNCCD CRIC 13 Addresses Sustainable Land Management Linkages in Post-2015, Climate Agendas [viewed]

cric_1327 March 2015: Delegates to the 13th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) made a critical assessment of the status of the Convention and exchanged views on how to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness. Pointing to the continuing “implementation gap” despite the high number of submitted country reports, several delegates questioned whether “we are collecting the right information to spur further action,” and suggested that a focus on synergies with the other Rio Conventions and adopting a global target on land degradation neutrality (LDN) could enhance the Convention's impact.

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GCF Board Accredits Seven Entities, Adopts Investment Framework [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new26 March 2015: At its ninth meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board took a number of necessary steps toward its goal of approving funding for the first projects and programmes in October 2015. It agreed to accredit seven organizations, opening the door for them to begin developing and submitting project and programme proposals. In addition, it agreed on an initial investment framework, which will guide entities in the development of their proposals and create a transparent process for evaluating them.

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UNFCCC Releases Programme Budget Proposal for 2016-2017 [viewed]

UNFCCC23 March 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched its proposal for a programme budget for the biennium 2016-2017 for consideration by the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 42). The document (FCCC/SBI/2015/3) contains information on, inter alia, the approach of the Executive Secretary to framing the proposal, the structure of the proposed budget, additional requirements and the proposed programme budget.

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