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Governments are in the process of negotiating a new universal climate change agreement, which is set to be adopted in Paris in 2015 and enter into effect in 2020. Based on views and proposals from governments, the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), the body tasked with the negotiations, have made key material available in advance of the next negotiating session from 20 to 25 October 2014.

The material that Co-Chairs Mr. Kishan Kumarsingh and Mr. Artur Runge-Metzger have published includes a note that reflects on progress made at the previous ADP session, as well as a paper presenting views and proposals of governments on the elements for a draft negotiating text for the 2015 agreement. The material further includes a draft decision on information that governments will provide when they communicate their contributions to the 2015 agreement and a draft decision on continuing important mitigation-related work in the period up to 2020.

The material captures the collective progress that has been made thus far on the road to Paris. It aims to further facilitate the understanding of issues and options on the table. 

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Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

imageThe report just published by the UN shows  significant progress has been made across all goals and millions of lives have been saved, but much more effort is needed to address the linked challenges of climate change and sustainable development. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the report shows the profound difference this global effort has made to people's lives, but that bolder and more focused action is needed where gaps and disparities exist.
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 Image China and US sign deals on climate change
9 July 2014
Beijing, China
The United States and China this week signed eight partnership pacts to cut greenhouse gases, bringing the world's two biggest carbon emitters closer together on climate policy.The deals, which involve companies and research bodies, were signed in Beijing ahead of a two-day visit to China by top Obama administration officials.
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9 July 2014
Bonn, Germany
Staff with the UN climate change secretariat are as of today signing up to an innovative campaign aimed at promoting a long-term vision of a climate neutral world while generating useful funding for vulnerable communities.
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 image Climate Change Puts Decades of Development at Risk in Africa
4 July 2014
Windhoek, Namibia
Climate change threatens to undo decades of earnest effort to develop Africa unless sufficient investment can be mobilized to spur sustainable development and make the continent more resilient. This was the message delivered to about 400 participants at the 6th Africa Carbon Forum, gathered to share and learn the latest about market and financial opportunities associated with the international response to climate change.
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 Image Norway Pledge for Green Climate Fund
2 July 2014
Norway has announced that it will unveil its preliminary pledge for the Green Climate Fund at UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's climate summit in New York in September. The Fund, which assists developing nations in fighting global warming, is on track to start raising cash in November.
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Implementation Updates
 image Meetings related to the Standing Committee on Finance
June 2014
The seventh meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) took place from 16-18 June in Bonn. Members deliberated a variety of issues including the first biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows and the fifth review of the financial mechanism. Following that, the second forum of the SCF convened from 21-22 June in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where over 140 participants had lively discussions on how to mobilize adaptation finance.
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 Press Release Norway eleventh Party to accept Doha Amendment
12 June 2014
Norway has become the eleventh Party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. Norway deposited its instrument of acceptance on 12 June 2014. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.
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image Political vision for COP 20/CMP 10 explained by Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal
6 and 7 June 2014
Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, COP 20/CMP 10 President-Designate outlined the latest updates on the political vision of Peru for the Lima Conference.
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image COP 19/CMP 9 President and COP 20/CMP 10 President-Designate opened the High-level Ministerial Dialogue on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action
6 June 2014
The COP 19/CMP 9 President, Mr. Marcin Korolec and COP 20/CMP 10 President-Designate, Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal co-chaired the High-level ministerial round table on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action to provide political guidance to the process for a strong agreement in 2015 informed by science.
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5 June 2014
The COP 19/CMP 9 President, Mr. Marcin Korolec and COP 20/CMP 10 President-Designate, Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal co-chaired the High-level ministerial round table under the Kyoto Protocol with the goal to assess progress made and the potential for increasing mitigation ambition under the Kyoto Protocol.
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14-18 July 2014
Bonn, Germany
The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will consider an update of its 2014 management plan, the status of CDM regional collaboration centres, and important regulatory enhancements when it gathers for its eightieth meeting.
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