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World Bank Report: 'New Climate Normal' Severe Risk to Development[viewed]

Warming nearing 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels “is already locked into the Earth's atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” according to the third installment in the World Bank's ‘Turn Down the Heat' series. ‘Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal' examines the risks increased climate change poses to development across Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

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FCPF Releases Chair's Summary of CF11[viewed]

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has published the ‘Chair's Summary' of the eleventh meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF11). A key agenda item for CF11 was the review of Emission Reductions Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs) for potential selection into the Carbon Fund pipeline. The Chair notes that the review concluded by welcoming Guatemala and Peru into the FCPF pipeline.

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Event: Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - First Session[viewed]

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015.

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GEF Reports on Collaboration with CTCN[viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum to the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20). The document (FCCC/CP/2014/2/Add.1) details the GEF's consultations with the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and progress under the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer.

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UNFCCC 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award Winners Announced[viewed]

The UNFCCC's Momentum for Change initiative has announced the 12 winners of the 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards, which include both “large, game-changing solutions and small, entrepreneurial efforts." Each of the 12 activities touches on one of four areas related to action: by and for the urban poor; that fosters women's leadership; that unlocks climate finance; and action that uses information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

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Drought Management Experts Examine Tools to Address Water Scarcity[viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Centre for Natural Resources and Development (CRND), Climate Services Partnership, International Centre for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), and the Government of Flanders, Belgium, organized an international symposium on ‘Building a Community of Practice on Drought Management Tools.

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UNECE Workshop Examines Renewable Energy Project Classification[viewed]

In conjunction with its Sustainable Energy Week, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) organized a workshop on 'Development of a Classification for Renewable Energies.' The workshop considered ways to develop a common assessment methodology for renewable energy projects using the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009).

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Central American Legislators to Strengthen IWRM[viewed]

The Global Water Partnership Central America (GWP-CA) and the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador organized the 8th Legislators Conference on Water Resources. The meeting addressed issues including: food security, risk management and energy; experiences with water, climate change and development; institutional reform for integrated water resources management (IWRM); and where countries are in the process of adopting or implementing national water laws.

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Forest Carbon Markets Value Surpasses US$1 Billion[viewed]

The report, 'Turning over a New Leaf: State of Forest Carbon Markets 2014,' released by the Ecosystem Marketplace, reveals that the cumulative value of the forest carbon market has now exceeded US$1 billion thanks to a 17% increase in carbon transactions between 2012 and 2013.

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Open Government Partnership of the Americas Recommends Goal 16 Targets[viewed]

Representatives of governments and civil society organizations gathered at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Regional Meeting for the Americas called on the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to include targets related to accountability, access to justice and transparency in Goal 16 of the post-2015 development agenda, underscoring the role of such targets in promoting national implementation of commitments.

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