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image Technology Executive Committee, 9th meeting
The Technology Executive Committee (TEC) held its 9th meeting on 18-21 August 2014, in Bonn, Germany. Based on work undertaken intersessionnally by its task forces, the TEC will consider many substantive issues, and will initiate the preparation of its annual report to COP 20. The provisional agenda and meeting documentation is available via the link below.
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image Fifteenth Meeting of the Plenary of the Compliance Committee
The 15th meeting of the plenary of the Compliance Committee was held in conjunction with the 16th meeting of the facilitative branch and the 25th meeting of the enforcement branch of the Compliance Committee.

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Image Expert meeting on an information hub for information on results of the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70 and results-based payments
Following a request by the COP in the Warsaw Framework for REDD-plus, the secretariat organized an expert meeting on an information hub for information on REDD-plus results and corresponding results-based payments from 2-3 September 2014. The overall objective of the meeting was to consider technical and design questions in relation to the set-up of the information hub.
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Image Eightieth meeting of the CDM Executive Board
The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) considered an update of its 2014 management plan, the status of CDM regional collaboration centres, and important regulatory enhancements as it gathered in Bonn for its eightieth meeting 14-18 July 2014.
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image Economic Ramifications of Climate Change Move Cities to Protect Businesses, Finds CDP Report
10 July 2014
The majority of the world’s major cities have disclosed that climate change presents a physical risk to the businesses operating in their cities. This real and current threat is driving local governments to take concrete action in response, according to a new report entitled "Protecting our Capital."
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image Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
The report just published by the UN shows that 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.
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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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image Staff at the UN Climate Convention Back Climate Neutral Campaign
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 Business Leadership on Carbon Pricing
Caring for Climate seeks to mobilize a critical mass of companies around the world to demonstrate leadership on climate action and to become responsible advocates in global and local policy discussions in support of a global climate change agreement in 2015.

In the lead up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, the UN Global Compact and Caring for Climate partners — CDP, The Climate Group, UN Foundation and WBCSD — are calling on companies to demonstrate leadership in pricing the cost of carbon emissions as a necessary and effective measure to tackle climate change.

The Business Leadership Criteria on Carbon Pricing have been developed to inspire companies to reach the next level of climate performance, and to give recognition to businesses that are at the forefront of advocating a price on carbon. The Business Leadership Criteria complement a Statement on Putting a Price on Carbon developed by the World Bank Group and other partners calling for countries and companies to demonstrate strong global support and action toward pricing carbon.
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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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solar bigstock Renewables to Get Most of $7.7 Trillion Power Investments
2 July 2014
Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the USD 7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels, according to the forecasts in a report released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. This will help global carbon dioxide emissions peak by the end of the next decade.
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image Rhode Island Signs Off New Climate Change Law
26 June 2014
The US state of Rhode Island has passed a climate change act, outlining how it should cut fossil fuel use and prepare for future extreme weather events. The law stipulates that greenhouse gas emissions should be slashed 45% below 1990 levels by 2035, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.
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image New FAO forestry communication toolkit
A new toolkit created by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization provides a wealth of resources and key messages on issues of central importance to the forest sector. Through the toolkit, users can access expert interviews on key forestry topics, videos from the field detailing macro issues and individual projects, FAO publications, images, comprehensive statistics, maps and other useful resources.
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Press Release UN Climate Change Secretariat Announces New Panel Members Tasked to Select Outstanding Examples of Action on Climate Change
26 June 2014
Bonn, Germany
Twelve high-profile leaders in the fields of information and communication technology, sustainable energy, international diplomacy and non-profit advocacy have joined the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat’s Momentum for Change Advisory Panel.
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image Time to Act to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
Recent scientific assessments coordinated by UNEP have identified a number of “win-win” measures for near-term climate protection and clean air benefits. Fast uptake of these cost-effective and readily available measures, which target emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in key sectors, could bring rapid and multiple benefits for human well-being.
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image Risky Business Report: Risks to United States Economy from Climate Change
24 June 2014
The U.S. economy faces significant risks from unmitigated climate change. The Risky Business report presents a new approach to understanding these risks for key U.S. business sectors, and provides business leaders with a framework for measuring and mitigating their own exposure to climate risk.
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image Historic UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi
23-27 June 2014
Hundreds of environment ministers, decision makers, scientists, civil society representatives and business leaders attended the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), a new world body that places environmental issues at the heart of international affairs. Held at UNEP headquarters under the theme "A Life of Dignity for All", UNEA tackled major climate related issues such as air quality and pollution, environmental rule of law and financing the Green Economy.
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Statement by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
Closing remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
image Photos of Alaska: Then and Now. Historical Images Chart Continuous Glacier Melt
Muir Glacier & Inlet in (1895)
Here the west shoreline of Muir Inlet in Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve is shown as it appeared in 1895. Notice the lack of vegetation on the slopes of the mountains, and the glacier that stands more than 300 feet high.

Muir Glacier & Inlet in (2005)
In this photo, the west shoreline of Muir Inlet in Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve is shown as it appeared in 2005. Over the century since the first photo was taken, Muir Glacier ceased to have a tidewater terminus. Note the lack of floating ice and the abundant vegetation on many slopes.

View this stunning set of then and now photos – taken by everyone from John Muir in 1879 to later explorers like William Field and National Geographic's Bradford Washburn – for first-hand evidence of the effects of climate change on our planet.

image Brazil Achieves 70% Reduction in Amazon Deforestation
June 2014
A team of economists and scientists report in the US journal Science that Brazil has achieved a 70% reduction in Amazon deforestation since 2004 by simply not cutting down 86,000 square kilometres of rainforest. This is, in effect, a 70% decline in deforestation, and in 2013 alone such abstention amounted to a 1.5% drop in global carbon emissions.
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UNEP South-South Renewables Trade Grows Faster than Global Trade as Developing Countries Invest in Green Technology
25 June 2014
Nairobi, Kenya
Renewable energy (RE) trade among developing countries is growing faster than global and north-south RE trade as developing countries, led by China, take advantage of decreasing manufacturing costs, increased investment, and the falling costs of renewables, says a new report released during the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
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image Climate-Smart Development Brings Major Benefits Says New Report
23 June 2014
Washington DC
Government policies that improve energy efficiency, waste management and public transport could increase global economic output by more than USD 1.8 trillion per year, and also save lives, reduce crop losses and tackle climate change, according to new analysis released 23 June from the World Bank and the ClimateWorks Foundation.
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FAOforests_100.jpg FAO says energy production from wood must be improved
23 June 2014
Rome, Italy
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) issued its flagship publication "The State of the World's Forests" 23 June. Among other things, the report shows that a significant proportion of the world population relies on forest products to meet basic energy needs and that much needs to be done to improve wood energy production to make it more sustainable.
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image Celebrating World Day to Combat Desertification
17 June 2014
The World Day to Combat Desertification is being celebrated this year under the slogan “Land belongs to the future - let's climate proof it." The World Day is observed annually on 17 June to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought. It is a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification can be effectively tackled through strengthened community participation and co-operation at all levels.
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image Rising number of initiatives by cities and better land management show pathways towards carbon neutral future
15 June
Bonn, Germany
The ability of cities and the way smarter use of land can unlock greater action on climate change now and into the future came to the fore in Bonn as governments work towards a new agreement in Paris in 2015.
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image G77 50th anniversary celebration at Bonn conference
15 June
Bonn, Germany
At a special event on the final day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Parties and the UNFCCC secretariat celebrated the 50th anniversary of the G77 and China. During a festive “huddle” in one of the plenary rooms, Christiana Figueres cut an anniversary cake with Rene Orellana, the Chair of the G77 and China group and Head of the Bolivian delegation at the UNFCCC. The G77 and China group was founded 15 June 1964 and since its inception has expanded to 133 countries.
image UNFCC SB40 bike rally promotes zero-carbon transport
9 June 2014
Bonn, Germany
In order to draw attention to cycling as a key solution to pollution in urban areas and other options for sustainable urban transport, the UNFCCC secretariat organized a bike rally along the Rhine 9 November. Cruising along the Rhine and joined by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, SB 40 delegates could enjoy the benefits of a zero-carbon ride against the scenic backdrop of the Rhine valley.
Press Release Brazil paves way for better protection of forests in developing countries
6 June 2014
Bonn, Germany
The government of Brazil has taken an important step towards improved national and global forest and climate protection. Today it formally submitted key information and data on the status of its greenhouse gas emission reductions in the forest sector to the UNFCCC secretariat.
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image Figueres urges nations to greater Doha amendment ambition as Norway becomes 11th Party to accept
Norway has become the 11th Party to the Kyoto Protocol (KP) to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at CMP 8 in Doha, Qatar which paved the way for the KP's second commitment period. The United Arab Emirates were first to accept the Doha amendment, followed by Barbados, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Monaco, Sudan, Federated States of Micronesia, Kenya, Honduras, China and now Norway. Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Tine Sundtoft, said: “Developed countries need to take the lead. This is why Norway took on new commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. We encourage all other Parties to the Kyoto Protocol to advance their ratification process rapidly." UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said: "I would like to congratulate Norway and the other ten nations who have stepped up to their responsibilities and ratified the amendment. I would urge others, many of whom worked diligently to secure the Doha amendment, to follow suit so that by COP 20 in Lima, Peru we have the necessary 144 ratifications needed for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol to swiftly enter into force. There are many important steps needed and milestones to be reached between now and the crucial Paris climate conference in 2015 and this is one of them".
image WED 2014--New UN Report Spells Out Risks and Opportunities for Small Islands
5 June 2014
A new science assessment, compiled on behalf of the UN system by the UN Environment Programme for World Environment Day, spotlights the range of risks facing small island developing states from unchecked climate change from economic losses due to damaged coral reefs to those linked with increasing severe weather events. The new Foresight report also underlines the huge social and economic opportunities from a transition to a low carbon economy including the enormous potential for greening electricity generation by harnessing the sun and the winds.
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Press Release Award-Winning Scientist Joseph Alcamo Named Special Science Adviser to UNFCCC Executive Secretary
4 June 2014
Bonn, Germany
Former UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Chief Scientist and award-winning environmental modeling researcher Professor Joseph Alcamo has become the Special Science Adviser to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.
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Brazil Scores Some Early Goals in Campaign for
Carbon Neutral FIFA World Cup
4 June 2014
Bonn, Germany
Host country Brazil has announced a strong start to its efforts to offset greenhouse gas emissions from this summer's FIFA World Cup using carbon credits produced by projects registered under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism, or CDM.
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image IPCC AR5: Climate Change: Implications for Agriculture
The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate. The effects of climate change on crop and food production are already evident in several regions of the world. This briefing from the University of Cambridge explores the specific trends that will affect the agricultural sector.
Read more on the technical expert meeting on land use taking place 11 June at the Bonn Climate Change Conference.

World Environment Day - 5 June 2014

"Raise your voice, not the sea level."

The linked threats of climate change and environmental decay are hitting Small Island Developing States (SIDS) hard and fast. SIDS have frequently taken a leadership role, not only to raise global awareness of climate change, but also to take their own ambitious action to deal with its impacts. The United Nations has recognized this by designating 2014 as the International Year of SIDS and has made the theme for World Environment Day 2014 on 5 June: "Small Island Developing States and Climate Change". Here we showcase some inspiring examples of Youth activities in SIDS, Gender and climate action in SIDS, SIDS and Adaptation, as well as opportunities under the Climate Change Convention.

image With developing world's policy support, global renewable energy generation capacity jumps to record
3 June 2014
The number of emerging economy nations with policies in place to support the expansion of renewable energy has surged more than six-fold in just eight years, from 15 developing countries in 2005 to 95 early this year. Those 95 developing nations today make up the vast majority of the 144 countries with renewable energy support policies and targets in place, says REN21's Renewables 2014
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Ministers Join Next Round of UN Climate Talks Kicking Off in Bonn June 4
2 June 2014
Bonn, Germany
The next round of UN climate talks starts in Bonn on June 4, this time with the presence of ministers who will discuss key political issues which can be resolved ahead of a successful, new and universal climate agreement in Paris next year. The key focus of the meeting will be raising ambition in areas of urbanization and land use.
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UN's New Climate Technology Centre Gets Its First Customers
2 June 2014
Developing countries are now beginning to make active use of the UN's new global network for climate technology solutions, the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). This constitutes a promising signal that momentum for climate action is building ahead of a new, universal climate agreement in 2015.
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image Last two years hottest in history says Australian Climate Council
2 June 2014
A Climate Council report released today finds the last 24 months are shaping up to be the hottest in Australia's recorded history, further evidence that climate change is already influencing our weather.

UNFCCC Newsletter: Focus on June sessions
30 May 2014
This latest edition of the newsletter focuses on the mid-year negotiating sessions taking place in Bonn from 4-15 June. It includes a video message by UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, explaining how new components at the June session including high-level ministerial engagement are poised to move the dialogue forward faster.
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Negotiator iPhone and iPad Application 'Negotiator' updated for June sessions
30 May 2014
Stay tuned and up-to-date by the minute on what's happening at the conference! Using the application, users can among many other things:
image UMass Boston - Choices Today Define Our Tomorrow
30 May 2014
In her address at the University of Massachusetts Boston commencement ceremony, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres speaks about the power of individual choice in meeting the global challenge of climate change and encourages graduates to use their own power of choice to move the world towards a stable, low-carbon future.
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image The Resilient Cities 2014 - 5th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation
29 May 2014
Bonn, Germany
The fifth Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation is taking place from 29 to 31 May in Bonn. Resilient Cities is a milestone event connecting local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe.
image IETA's annual Market Sentiment Survey finds high expectations for markets in 2015 deal
28 May 2014
Cologne, Germany
An overwhelming majority of members of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) expect carbon markets to have a role in an international climate change deal, expected to be agreed in Paris next year, according to IETA's ninth annual Market Sentiment Survey.
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World Meteorological Organization CO2 concentrations top 400 parts per million throughout northern hemisphere
26 May 2014
Geneva, Switzerland
For the first time, monthly concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) in April throughout the northern hemisphere. This threshold is of symbolic and scientific significance and reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are responsible for the continuing increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gases warming our planet.
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image Climate Change: Implications for Fisheries and Aquaculture
May 2014
London, United Kingdom
Climate change and acidification are altering ocean ecosystems in profound ways, with major impacts on fisheries and aquaculture, including displacement of stocks and mortality of shellfish from acidic water. These key findings from the recently released IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) revealing the growing threat of climate change to fisheries and aquaculture are contained in a new briefing issued by the University of Cambridge.
photo ADP Co-Chairs issue their reflections and scenario notes
The Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), which is tasked to raise global ambition to address climate change before 2020 and to reach a new climate agreement that will come into force from 2020, have released their reflections on the ADP's last session in March and have issued a scenario note to help Parties prepare for the upcoming session in June, in Bonn. Both notes can be accessed here:
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Press Release UN Climate Chief says UN Registry shows huge potential to scale up support to developing world for climate action
23 May 2014
A new UN Registry which records and matches offers of support from developed nations to the stated plans of developing countries to reduce and limit greenhouse gas emissions has recorded the first such agreed cooperation between Austria and Georgia.
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Message of the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity
22 May 2014
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon highlights the plight of small island nations under the connected threats of environmental decay, climate change and species loss and outlines the urgent solutions to the problem. His message to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity also falls in the International Year of Small Island Developing States.
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image Legislators from 100 countries to place national legislation at heart of a 2015 global agreement on climate change
21 May 2014
At the 2nd World Summit of Legislators from 6-8 June hosted by the Mexican Congress and organized by the Global Legislators Organization (GLOBE), senior legislators from over 100 countries will politically test a new model for an international climate change agreement that has national legislation at its heart.
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Songdo, Incheon City Christiana Figueres welcomes completion of GCF, calls for speedy capitalization
21 May 2014
Bonn, Germany
The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) completed the essential policy requirements to make the fund operational at its meeting in Songdo, Republic of Korea on Wednesday. UNFCCC Executive Christiana Figueres welcomed the completion of the fund, and called for its speedy initial capitalization.
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image Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day
10-11 May 2014
World Migratory Bird Day, an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats, will be celebrated around the world on 10-11 May. This year's theme is: "Destination Flyways – Migratory Birds and Tourism," underlining the mutually beneficial relationship between tourism and conservation.
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CF investors_100.jpg UNFCCC's Christiana Figueres explains what can be done to lever investor capital to fight climate change
8 May 2014
Earlier year in New York, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on investors to move out of high-carbon assets and into assets built on renewable energy, energy efficiency and more sustainable ways of business that green global supply chains. In an interview with, Ms. Figueres explains what can be done to lever this capital to fight climate change.
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Image Carbon Tracker Launch Event - Carbon Supply Cost Curve
8 May 2014
In London, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres helped launch a report on how the growing momentum towards low-carbon will affect the oil industry. In her opening remarks, Ms Figueres underscored the reasons to act on climate change and applauded the effort by Carbon Tracker to take the world further down the pathway to a carbon friendly future.
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Image St Paul's - Climate Change: Building the Will for Action
7 May 2014
London, United Kingdom
In a special address at St Paul's Cathedral in London, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres spoke about the relationship between the science of climate change and the moral imperative to safeguard healthy social and economic growth. She highlighted the leadership potential of individuals and institutions, including faith groups, to help put the world on a path to low-carbon.
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image New Interactive Map Showing National Ambitions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The global ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must be raised rapidly to meet the goal of staying below an average 2 degree temperature rise. You can check to see what individual countries themselves have put forward as their current levels of ambition on this new, interactive map.
Interactive World Map Showing Pre-2020 Action by Countries
Press Release Adaptation - Time to Better Back Local Communities
30 April 2014
Kathmandu, Nepal
In remarks to the Eighth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres speaks about how public and private finance, alongside government policy, can build resilience to climate change and put communities on a low-carbon pathway.
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image NRDC, BlackRock and FTSE Jumpstart Mainstream Climate-Conscious Investing
29 April 2014
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), BlackRock and FTSE Group, the global index provider, partnered today in launching the first equity global index series that will exclude companies linked to exploration, ownership or extraction of carbon-based fossil fuel reserves. The new investment tool will allow climate-conscious investors, including foundations, universities and certain pension groups, to match their investment strategy and financial interests with their values.
Press Release UNFCCC Helps The Climate Group Celebrate 10 Years of Success
28 April 2014
In remarks to The Climate Group at their 10th anniversary celebration, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Director Richard Kinley highlights why the involvement of business and subnational government is crucial for the climate talks and urges The Climate Group to step up active leadership and support as governments work towards a new climate change agreement.
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Press Release Top UN Climate Official Urges Academic Institutions to Divest from Coal
16 April 2014
Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island is today hosting an event entitled Governing Climate Change: New Ideas and Latin American Leadership as Peru Prepares to Host the 2014 UN Climate Negotiations. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres will join the event via video link and will speak in the wake of the latest sobering scientific findings by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its 5th Assessment Report.
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Press Release Brazil Kicks Off Carbon Neutral Goal for FIFA World Cup
16 April 2014
The globe's biggest sporting event – the FIFA World Cup – is aiming to offset its greenhouse gas emissions this summer in a move that should inspire more event organizers to undertake high-profile climate action.
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image 25 April 2014: Webinar on the design of the in-session workshop(s) on long-term climate finance in 2014
The secretariat is holding a webinar for Parties and observers on Friday 25 April to gather views on the design of the in-session workshops on long-term climate finance. The summary of the workshops will inform the high-level ministerial dialogue on climate finance in Lima.

Earth Day 2014 - Greening Our Cities
Every year on 22 April, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day that focuses on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world's population migrates to cities, and as the sobering reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities.
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More on the recent international Mayors Summit

Opportunities for action on urban environment will also feature prominently during the upcoming UN climate change conference in Bonn in June.
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image Secretary General Says 2015 Climate Agreement Must be Ambitious and Achievable
11 April 2014
The world's Governments have pledged to reach a universal legal climate agreement by 2015. This agreement must be both ambitious and achievable because, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all, says Ban Ki-moon.
windmill The United Nations Launches Decade of Sustainable Energy for All
9 April 2014
The initiative, running from 2014 to 2024, is aimed at promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency worldwide, with a forum to take place annually. The first forum is starting this coming June.
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image Renewable Energy Market Share Climbs Despite 2013 Dip in Investments
7 April 2014
Frankfurt / New York
Renewable energy's share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14 per cent drop in investments to USD 214.4 billion, according to a new report released today by the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance.
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image As WHO Marks World Health Day, UNFCCC Welcomes Nepal's 150,000 Energy Efficient Cookstoves in Country's First CDM Project
7 April 2014
The first programmatic Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project in Nepal has been launched this week and will provide energy efficient cookstoves to 150,000 households. According to the World Health Organization, over 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution from cooking with solid fuels.
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Visit the Momentum for Change website for inspiring examples of global climate action on the ground
image Youth Climate Campaigner on Expedition to North Pole
7 April 2014
Armed with a UN flag lent by the UNFCCC secretariat, 15-year-old Felix Finkbeiner speaks from the North Pole: "I am here to raise awareness among young people about climate change and the risks to the future of children everywhere. I implore world leaders to complete unfinished business - to put in place actions and funding to deliver a low carbon century at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015. I want to thank Christiana Figueres and her staff for providing a UN flag and for the important work they're doing towards a better world for everyone."
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EU Backs Increased Climate Cooperation with Africa, China and the US
7 April 2014
During a series of high-level meetings in Brussels last week, the EU backed increased cooperation on climate change with Africa, China and the US in the run-up to COP 21 in Paris.
Following an EU-Africa ministerial summit 2-3 April, the EU and Africa said they were committed to initiate or intensify domestic preparations for their intended nationally determined contributions towards achieving the ultimate objective of the UNFCCC and to communicate them well in advance of COP 21, by the first quarter of 2015.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Brussels last week. In a joint Chinese-EU statement published 2 April, both sides recognized the need to strengthen cooperation on climate change ahead of COP 21.They underlined their commitment to making significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions through credible and verifiable domestic action and agreed on the importance of all parties presenting their contributions well in advance of the Paris meeting.
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Also in Brussels, the EU-US Energy Council reaffirmed its mutual determination to work towards the adoption in Paris in 2015 of a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the UNFCCC applicable to all Parties, to strengthen the multilateral, rules-based regime.
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image Address to Generation Client Conference
4 April 2014
London, United Kingdom
Speaking to clients of Generation Investment Management, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted the importance of pointing global finance flows towards green investments and green business models. She called on investors to actively work towards this goal over the next 18 months to build confidence that increases ambition in national policy.
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mage Christiana Figueres Calls on Oil and Gas Industry to Undertake Radical Transformation towards New, Sustainable Energy Mix
3 April 2014
London, United Kingdom
In an address to the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues (IPIECA), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on the oil and gas industry to undertake a radical transformation towards a new, sustainable energy mix in order to align itself with the physical and political realities of climate change.
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Press Release Christiana Figueres Says Latest IPCC Findings Point to Extreme Climate Risk, Plethora of Opportunities for Climate Action
31 March 2014
Bonn, Germany
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres today said the latest government-approved science more clearly than ever points to the extreme risks posed by climate change, as well as the many opportunities to put the world on a safer and more resilient path.
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UN Climate Change Secretariat to Showcase Worldwide Climate Action: Call for Applications Now Open
31 March 2014
Bonn, Germany
Starting today, communities, businesses and governments that are taking the lead on tackling climate change can apply to have their game-changing projects recognized by the UN Climate Change secretariat. The secretariat's Momentum for Change initiative officially opened the call for applications for its 2014 Lighthouse Activities
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Press Release In Year of Climate Ambition, Cape Town Blazes a Trail for Urban Action
28 March 2014
Vancouver/Bonn/New York
Three prominent personalities in the field of climate action congratulated Cape Town for winning this year's Earth Hour City Challenge. The Earth Hour City Challenge is a year-long competition to promote renewable energy and prepare for climate change.
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Christiana Figueres Address to opening plenary of IPCC Working Group II in Japan
25 March 2014
In a video address to the opening plenary of the IPCC's Working Group II in Japan, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres thanked all the scientists for their hard work in completing this second instalment of the Fifth Assessment Report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. She said this report, together with the contribution of WG III expected to be adopted in two weeks in Berlin, will shine unprecedented light on how we can meet the climate change challenge.
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image Address to Generation Client Conference
4 April 2014
Speaking to clients of Generation Investment Management, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted the importance of pointing global finance flows towards green investments and green business models. She called on investors to actively work towards this goal over the next 18 months to build confidence that increases ambition in national policy.
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image Climate change is putting world at risk of irreversible changes, scientists warn
18 March 2014
In a rare intervention into a policy debate, the American Association for the Advancement of Scientists urged Americans to act swiftly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and lower the risks of leaving a climate catastrophe for future generations.
image World Meteorological Day Focuses on Youth
23 March 2014
"Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth" is the theme of World Meteorological Day 2014, seeking to increase awareness among young people about climate change and mobilize them as champions for action.
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WMO Annual Climate Statement Highlights Extreme Events
The year 2013 once again demonstrated the dramatic impact of droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones on people and property in all parts of the planet, according to the WMO's Annual Statement on the Status of the Climate. The report confirms that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend. It provides a snapshot of extreme events as well as details of ice cover, ocean warming, sea level rise and greenhouse gas concentrations – all inter-related indicators of our changing climate.
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image International Day of Forests
21 March 2014
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 21 March the International Day of Forests. This new global celebration of forests builds on the success of the International Year of Forests in 2011, and provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests.Visit official website

New Report by the International Resource Panel (IRP) Provides Routes to Integrating REDD+ into Green Economy Approaches
21 March 2014
According to a new IRP report, an investment of USD 30 billion per year - under seven per cent of the USD 480 billion paid in annual global fossil fuel subsidies - in the REDD+ forest conservation initiative can speed up the global transition to green and sustainable growth and ensure the long-term wellbeing of tens of millions in developing countries.
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This is also a moment for reflection. Four fifths of the forest that covered almost half of the Earth's land surface eight thousand years ago have already been irreplaceably degraded or destroyed. Read more

Press Release Negotiations towards new universal climate agreement in 2015 get underway
14 March 2014
Countries got down to the business of fleshing out how a new universal agreement on climate change might look by the deadline of Paris 2015 as part of worldwide efforts to keep a global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius this century.
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UNEP Decisive Action Needed on New Climate Deal, Say Ministers and Experts
13 March 2014
Los Cabos, Mexico
Clear, decisive and urgent action on agreeing a new global climate deal is essential to minimize the impacts of climate change and protect the world's most vulnerable populations, some of the world's top authorities on climate change said during a meeting of environment ministers in Mexico.
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image Call for projects: NAMA registry announces 1 million Euros from the Government of Austria
The Republic of Austria has offered Euro1 million of support for the preparation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) under the registry. The registry matches NAMAs in need of support with funders willing to provide that support. The funds from Austria represent an active call to developing countries to bring forward requests for funding.
Image Executive Secretary urges national legislatures to build greater political space for a strong 2015 climate agreement by swift ratification of amendment to Kyoto Protocol
24 February 2014
Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has urged national legislatures to swiftly ratify the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes a second commitment period and introduces legal changes required for its implementation."We need national legislatures to support the agreements which have already been made under the international climate negotiations. The amendment is particularly important because it underlines the continued commitments of industrialized countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions," she said.
image Executive Secretary opens ADP Meeting, starting 2014 climate change talks in Bonn
10 March 2014
At the opening of the fourth part of the second session of the ADP in Bonn, Germany, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted that Parties are not acting alone on climate change and urged governments to work together in the spirit of cooperation.
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image International Women's Day 8 March 2014
The United Nations is organizing a series of events around the world to celebrate this year's International Women's Day on the theme "Equality for women is progress to all." Celebrations start with a high-level event at United Nations headquarters in New York on 7 March.
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image Why women are the secret weapon to tackling climate change
6 March 2014
As countries around the world look to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, in an editorial for CNN UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres speaks about the importance of reflecting on the unique position of women when it comes to climate change, and highlights some inspiring examples of action led by women who are already experiencing the effects of climate change and developing solutions to address them.
image UNFCCC celebrates International Women's Day
The UNFCCC secretariat joins this year's celebrations of International Women's Day on 8 March by highlighting women's inspiring actions and the importance of gender equality for addressing climate change. The theme of this year's International Women's Day - 'Equality for women is progress for all' - is particularly pertinent when it comes to climate action.
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image UNFCCC Newsletter: Focus on March session of the ADP
5 March 2014
The focus in this latest edition of the newsletter is on the first session in 2014 of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), taking place in Bonn from 10-14 March. It features a video message by UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, as well as an in-depth article by the ADP Co-Chairs, Mr. Kishan Kumarsingh of Trinidad and Tobago and Mr. Artur Runge-Metzger of the European Union.
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Press Release First round of UN climate change negotiations in 2014 set to kick off in Bonn
5 March 2014
Bonn, Germany
This year's UN climate change negotiations kick off in Bonn next week, marking the beginning of an intense year of conferences and summits designed to lead to a meaningful, universal agreement in Paris in late 2015. The meeting (10 – 14 March) will include work towards the new global climate agreement, to enter into force from 2020, and work to find ways to boost immediate, effective climate action.
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South Sudan deposits its instrument of accession
South Sudan deposited its instrument of accession to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on 17 February 2014. The Convention will enter into force for South Sudan on 18 May 2014. South Sudan's accession will bring the number of Parties to the Convention - both States and regional economic integration organizations - to 196, as of 18 May 2014. A full list of the Parties who have ratified or acceded to the Convention can be found here.

image 2nd GLOBE Legislation Summit
27 February 2014
Washington D.C. USA
Speaking at the launch of the 4th GLOBE Climate Legislation Study and the Partnership for Climate Legislation in Washington D.C., UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres underlined the key role of national legislation in reaching a 2015 climate agreement. She urged legislators to cut through partisan divide with practical truth and recognize climate action as sound economic, security, health and development policy.
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Royal Society and US National Academy of Sciences release joint publication on climate change
27 February 2014
The Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences have released a joint publication that explains the clear evidence that humans are causing the climate to change, and that addresses a variety of other key questions commonly asked about climate change science.


Climate talks in Paris look promising
25 February 2014
The wild weather being witnessed across the globe - from Australia's hottest summer to Britain's wettest winter - is spelling out some of the sobering impacts facing everyone from unchecked climate change. In a joint editorial, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, talk about how the unprecedented impacts are a wake-up call to all of us.

SIDS 2014

UN kicks off International Year to raise profile of small island developing countries
24 February 2014
While drawing attention to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the International Year of Small Island Developing States – which kicked off today at the United Nations – is also a chance to address increasing environmental degradation, and social and economic marginalization in those countries.

Songdo, Incheon City Green Climate Fund Board takes key decisions on operations
and makes progress on 'Essential Eight'
22 February 2014
Bali, Indonesia
The Board of the Green Climate Fund met in Indonesia to progress the eight essential requirements for its initial resource mobilization and take fundamental decisions to advance the institution's operations.
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Image Dynamic new platform to protect forests worldwide
21 February 2014
Washington D.C., USA
The World Resources Institute (WRI), Google, UNEP and a group of more than 40 partners yesterday launched Global Forest Watch (GFW), a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. For the first time, Global Forest Watch unites the latest satellite technology, open data and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests.

High-level ministerial engagement at the June sessions
10 February 2014
The high-level ministerial round table on increased ambition of Kyoto Protocol commitments (mandated by Decision 1/CMP.8, para. 10) will take place on Thursday 5 June. The high-level ministerial dialogue on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (mandated by Decision 1/CP.19, para. 7) will take place on Friday 6 June. Further information on these events will be made available soon. The COP 19/CMP 9 President, Mr. Marcin Korolec, will preside over these two high-level events.

Christiana at C40 Christiana Figueres speaks at the C40 Cities Mayors Summit
5 February 2014
In remarks to mayors of the world's largest cities gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres recognizes the leadership of cities in advancing the global climate change agenda and outlines specific actions cities can take to become more vocal in the international dialogue regarding climate change response.
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Press Release COP 19 and CMP 9 Reports published
31 January 2014
The Reports of COP 19 and CMP 9 are now available online. The Reports contain the COP 19 and CMP 9 decisions taken at the Warsaw Conference and the proceedings from the sessions of COP 19 and CMP 9.
image UN Secretary-General visits Bonn UN Campus
31 January 2014
Bonn, Germany
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the UN Campus in Bonn today and spoke to UN staff in the new UNFCCC headquarters building. He called on staff to rise to three core challenges: To help implement the existing Millennium Development Goals, help design the new Sustainable Development Goals and help conclude the 2015 global climate change agreement.
image Michael Bloomberg appointed Special Envoy for Cities & Climate Change
31 January 2014
The former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, has been appointed Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. His mission: to spur the major cities of the world, responsible for around 70% of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, to greater climate action - also in support of an effective global climate agreement in 2015
Press Release UN's Top Climate Official Welcomes Appointment of Jukka Uosukainen as Director of New Climate Technology Centre and Network
17 January 2014
Bonn, Germany
Jukka Uosukainen, a Finnish national, has been chosen as the Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN).
His appointment was today welcomed by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.
Press Release Safeguarding Future Retirement Funds – Time for Investors to Move Out of High-Carbon Assets Says UN's Top Climate Official
15 January 2014
New York, USA
The UN's top climate change official Christiana Figueres today urged
investors to accelerate the greening of their portfolios as one crucial step towards a low-carbon economy that can better cope with the threats and seize the opportunities from climate change.
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image Bloomberg: Global carbon market set for 15 per cent upturn
13 January 2014
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the global carbon market will be worth Euro 46bn in 2014, rising 15 per cent from last year's rock bottom value of Euro 40bn. Prices now stand at around Euro 5 per tonne of CO2, but BNEF expects them to rise to Euro 7.50 a tonne during the course of the year as the reduction in the number
image Surge in global solar market forecast by Deutsche Bank
10 January 2014
Leading investment house Deutsche Bank has dramatically lifted its demand forecasts for the global solar industry. It cited 5 principal reasons for its raised forecasts, which would see the global solar market almost double in size from 2012 to 2015.