The Climate Agreement – Negotiations — Coalition

Paris EifelTowerAnd behind the scenes…  a couple of days ago, read on!





Pics: Ms.  Jamina Da Gonzaga, Ms. Helene H.  Oord, Miss Janelle Boyd

Global warming,  article  by:  Ms. Jamina da Gonzaga

When I was 14 years old, I became a non-governmental organization representative to the United Nations.

I like to talk about the big issues. And I’ve had some great conversations about global warming






UN Foundation “Climate Change” Video – “CALL For a video or a photo” – Deadline November 22nd

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The UN Foundation has produced a video about “Climate Change”, please share with your colleagues and networks plus a contribution like your own video or a photo.  Deadline November 22nd.

This December, 50,000 world leaders from over 190 nations will meet in Paris for the COP21 Paris Climate Conference to (hopefully) pass resolutions to combat climate change. The stakes couldn’t be higher, but the outcome remains unclear. Send a message from ‪#‎EarthToParis‬ - tell the world’s leaders to make bold commitments to combat climate change. Share a video or a photo by 11/22 using the hashtag #EarthToParis [Video by GOOD +

All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UNSD Education Caucus Co-Chairs with
Co-Coordinators Climate Change Delegation


Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell: +1-(734) 352•7429
Landline: +1-(734) 994•3612




ITUC OnLine: Boost for Climate Action as ILO Adopts ‘Just Transition’


version en castellano en camino. directrices de la OIT sobre transicion justa:—ed_norm/—relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_420567.pdf

version en français en cours de traduction. Principes directeurs de l’OIT sur la transition juste:—ed_norm/—relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_420568.pdf
ITUC OnLine:  Boost for Climate Action as ILO Adopts ‘Just Transition’

Brussels, 6 November 2011 (ITUC OnLine):  Hopes for the Paris Climate Summit in December to capture one of the three topline union demands<> have received a boost this week, with the UN’s International Labour Organisation formally adopting criteria for realizing the ‘Just Transition’ principle.  The decision of the ILO’s Governing Body has defined essential steps countries should take to transform their economies to a low-carbon future, creating new jobs and supporting workers and communities in high-carbon sectors as industries are transformed.
Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said “The challenge for governments is to settle a deal in Paris that will avoid catastrophic climate change, destroying lives and livelihoods across the planet.  The plans set out by the ILO will help increase ambition on the ground, with employers and unions negotiating and planning for the future.  All governments must now accept that social dialogue, disclosure and agreements between employers and unions are indispensable to meeting the urgent and complex transition that has to happen.”
“This historic and unanimous agreement between governments, unions and employers on the need to work out industrial transformation without leaving anyone behind is a reason for optimism.  The same governments that showed ambition at the ILO need to follow this through at the Paris Summit.”
The ILO guidelines for a Just Transition towards environmentally-sound economies and societies for all can be found here:—ed_norm/—relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_420286.pdf
Trade union plans for the COP21 in Paris can be found here:

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NPR – “How are U.N. Climate Talks Like A Middle School? Cliques Rule

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

When arriving or listening to a live webcast for a UN meeting and trying to make sense of the agendas, the processes, and the players, it is very confusing.  This may help, National Public Radio (NPR) has created a story that gives an excellent overview of the main working groups within the United Nations climate talks.
 All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UNSD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell: +1-(734) 352•7429
Landline: +1-(734) 994•3612




“Tackling Emergencies in an Era of Climate Disruption”: CARE input into the World Humanitarian Summit preparations

Dear Colleagues,
I would like to share with you a new policy brief which CARE has produced as an input to the World Humanitarian Summit preparations.
Tackling Emergencies in an Era of Climate Disruption
In the past decade, disasters have continued to exact a heavy toll across the world with over 700 thousand lives lost, 1.7 billion people affected, and economic losses of USD 1.4 trillion. It is estimated that while 70% of deaths are caused by earthquakes, climate-related disasters now account for over 80% of all disaster events and contribute enormously to economic losses and short and long-term population displacement triggered by disaster events. UNISDR also assessed that in the past 10 years 87% of disasters have been climate-related. The most recent Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction concluded that “through changing temperatures, precipitation and sea levels, amongst other factors, global climate change is already modifying hazard levels and exacerbating disaster risks.”
This CARE brief puts forward key messages and actions on the links between climate change, emergencies and humanitarian actions in the context of the World Humanitarian summit process
Feel free to disseminate and we are grateful for any comments
Best regards
Sven Harmeling
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Sven Harmeling  |  CARE  |  Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator
Poverty Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN) 
c/o CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg, Dreizehnmorgenweg 6, 53175 Bonn
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Speech from UN PGA’s Climate Change event by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: 210,000+ views on YouTube, feature story in Rolling Stone, and more

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Science Matters – The values of hope and happiness




SouthViews: Climate Change — The Rocky Road to Paris

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Climate Science & Policy: CMCC news, stories and updates

Dear colleague,

CMCC (Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change is glad to inform you on updates of news and stories around Climate Science&Policy
(Apologies for cross-mailing)

All stories and articles are available at this web page:

For them, it is here and now. It belongs to our times but often we don’t know enough about the way they engage with it. Adam Corner (COIN) on how and why to talk about climate to young adults

A tool for scientists, experts and policymakers. Visit the project website and explore its main contents and functionalities with a new video tutorial

A commitment to phase out fossil fuel use by the end of the century while enabling all countries to follow a low-carbon and resilient development pathway. Read the summit’s final declaration

Download the final report of the Pilot Study within the Orientgate project drafted by CMCC. An assessment of risks to water resources and coastal zones under climate modifications, including extremes, to mainstreaming climate adaptation into planning

How the geographic distribution of the Mediterranean climate will change based on the latest-available climate projections for the 21st century. A study by CMCC researcher A. Cherchi on Scientific Reports

Modelling the natural vegetation dynamics in the Taurus mountains, Turkey, to investigating the past forest–society interactions in the territory. A new study on Ecological Modelling

An analysis of the impacts of climate change and environmental management policies on the Mediterranean Sea. A study on Journal of Marine Systems

The negative effects of selective clearcutting on forest structure, tree diversity and above-ground biomass of African tropical forests are greater than expected. A new study on Ecological Research

Productivity and carbon sequestration capacity in the forest ecosystem. A meta-analysis designed to find the shared climate drivers of tree growth and their relative importance across pan-tropical forests. A study on PLoS ONE by CMCC researcher A. Trabucco

How might change in the future the spatial distribution of bioclimatic strata and ecoregions within the transboundary Kailash Sacred Landscape (KSL) of China, India and Nepal. A study on Climatic Change

A method to capture the internal precipitation variability. A simulation in a stationary climate with the CMCC-CM coupled general circulation model. A new study on Journal of Climate

Two exemplary sites in Italy, Cervinara and Orvieto. Two different approaches currently applied to investigate various hazards in different geographical areas and geomorphological contexts. An analysis for understanding their performances and constraints. A new study on EJGE

Research results and experience reports on the effects of fire on the environment and society. The book of abstracts of the International Conference on Fire Behaviour and Risk is now available

An event about the research in the field on June 22-26, 2015 at Miramare, Trieste, Italy. With a talk of the CMCC researcher Michele Salis

The potential impacts of changing bioclimatic conditions on protected area network. The case study of Yunnan, China, a region rich in biodiversity and threated by rapid change and agricultural expansion. A new study on Biological Conservation




The PLACARD thematic regional workshop will be held in Venice (San Giorgio Maggiore island), from the 8th to the 9th of October, 2015.

The workshop on “Slope Safety preparedness for effects of climate changes” will focus on the potential effects of climate change and is organized

All stories and articles are available at this web page:






Seeking Climate Finance Fellow

Dear Colleagues,

WEDO is offering a 3-month Climate Finance Fellowship, which can either be based in New York or remotely. Please share with your networks or any individuals who may be qualified!
Position title: Climate Finance Fellow
Location: New York or Home-Based (considered for qualified candidates)
Travel Required: Yes
Schedule: 25 – 30 hours per week
Duration: mid-April 2015 to mid-July 2015 (w/ possible extension)
Remuneration: Monthly stipend plus travel


The Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) is a women’s global advocacy organization based in New York. Officially founded in 1991 in the run-up to the Earth Summit (UNCED, 1992,) WEDO, a champion for women’s rights, has built a reputation as a trailblazer in promoting human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment, notably in sustainable development.

For several years, WEDO has been a leading women’s organization, working with allies in the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) to advance gender-just climate policies, particularly with a focus on international policy via the UNFCCC and via monitoring and advocacy within climate finance entities such as the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the newly established Green Climate Fund (GCF) and mechanisms such as the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

In a critical year for climate policy (on the road to COP21 in Paris), alongside parallel processes such as the Post-2015 Development agenda, a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and dialogue around Financing for Development (FFD), WEDO has renewed its focus on advocacy for and analysis of effective and just climate finance.

Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Monitor and track updates (via various listserves) on progress / developments on climate finance, particularly as related to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF);
  • Monitor and make links to progress under the Financing For Development (FFD) process;
  • Participate in weekly advocacy update call with the Advocacy and Communications Director and additional advocacy team members;
  • Actively engage in the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)-hosted ‘Climate Finance Working group’;
  • Contribute to analysis and positions on climate finance of the Women and Gender Constituency;
  • Support Advocacy and Communications Director in position as ‘Developed Country Observer’ on the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Sub-Committee of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), including review of project proposals, and effective collaboration with civil society partners;
  • Coordinate, with key partners, new factsheet/ publication on climate finance, women’s rights and gender equality;
  • Attend meeting in Washington D.C., April 24th, on the development of gender-responsive indicators in the Green Climate Fund;
  • Attend UNFCCC climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany from June 1-12.

You are a fit for this Fellowship if:

  • You are a dynamic and self-directed person eager to support research, analysis and advocacy on climate change finance;
  • You are currently enrolled to attain (or have) a Masters degree in a field relevant to the position or at least three years working experience;
  • You love acronyms! LOVE them;
  • You have some experience and/or familiarity with international climate policy and the structure of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
  • You have done initial desk research or study on international finance mechanisms, macro-economics and development and/or specifically on climate finance – i.e. the Green Climate Fund (GCF) or the Climate Investment Funds (CIF);
  • You are passionate about women’s human rights, climate justice, sustainable development, environmental integrity, macroeconomic policies (and preferably the interconnections of all of the above);
  • You would enjoy working and crafting analysis with leading advocates from around the world;
  • You are willing and able to travel internationally to at least one two-week conference in June (June 1-12), with the possibility of additional travel as needed;
  • You have excellent verbal & written communication skills in English (and preferably another UN language);
  • You enjoy taking notes at meetings when necessary and you have an amazing attention to detail;
  • You have between 25-30 hours per week, for 3 months, to dedicate to this position; and
  • You are a critically thinking/ fun/ positive individual.

To Apply:

Complete application with your cover letter and resume, by 10 April 2015. Applications are requested as soon as possible, and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.

WEDO is an equal opportunity employer and encourages, promotes and supports diversity in all aspects of its work.

We appreciate all who apply but based on the expected interest and limited capacity, only candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. Please, no telephone inquiries.

Bridget K. Burns

Advocacy and Communications Director 

Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) /  

t:+ 212.973.0325 ext.221 / f:+ 212.973.0335

skype: bridget.k.burns

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Mark Your Calendar 2015 Climate Change COP 21 Updates Paris, France

Paris at sundown
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COP 21/CMP 11 – United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris – 30 November-11 December 2015
Well, a little embellishment in the photo, beautiful yes but we will be there the end of November into December, perhaps no leaves and a sprinkling of snow.
FYI… Here is the link to the recent updates to help with the planning process:
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs



Preparing Society for Climate Change

Dear Delegation,

FYI… our draft policy briefing.

 The UN Sustainable Development Education Caucus has appreciated the support of Peru to move the environmental education and sustainability agenda forward.  To update you and your colleagues, here is a copy of our briefing for your delegation, and Party networks.  The key notion is the necessity of preparing society for climate change.  The mandate comes from Agenda 21 on environmental education, across and throughout all the Chapters. [See strong policy statement, Chapter 36.1] 

BRIEFING – Preparing Society for Climate Change

Environmental education is the future, it represents action and direction serving as a boundary.  Within the boundary represents participation, transparency, broad-based coalitions, justice, and CBDRRC, applied to the whole of the Climate Agreement and the 2020 Global Treaty. 

As it is integral to all the elements of climate change, relative to all actors:

Recommended Action.

      Place environmental education in the Preamble, include in the Principles, and Action section of the texts.

Please share with your country’s delegation, colleagues and networks.  We welcome your comments and support in the lead-up to Paris and 2020.

All the best,

Dr. Pam Puntenney

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chair

Head of Climate Change Delegation



  New Gender and Climate Change article – get the discussion going

Dear Colleagues,
Huffington Post just posted an article Lorena Aguilar, IUCN, wrote about gender and climate change:
Please take a moment to read it, consider its impact, and add a thought or two in the comments!  We need more voices supporting gender and more voices supporting gender in the CoPs,
Cara Beasley | Coordinator | Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) e: | s: cara.beasley | t: @GGCA_gender | w:


‘Fighting Climate Change Means Fighting for A New Developmen​t Model’ — People’s Goals

Dear everyone,

Please find below our        network’s statement for the 20th COP session in Lima, Peru        arguing for the need for a new development model to address the        challenges of climate change. Please widely circulate among your        networks and share on your websites and social media accounts.        The statement is available at

Thank you so much,

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Global Gender Climate Alliance in Action


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click here to view online version.


Nature doesn’t need people, people need nature

Here are links to a series of short (2 minute) videos from Conservation International, narrated by various famous actors. The approach to conservation advocacy/messaging taken here is intriguing. Cheers, brad 

Nature Speaks: Nature doesn’t need people… People Need Nature.

Penélope Cruz is Water

Kevin Spacey is The Rainforest

Julia Roberts is Mother Nature

Harrison Ford is The Ocean

Edward Norton is The Soil


Robert Redford is The Redwood

Ian Somerhalder is Coral Reef  


  WM (1a) Water

Nature Is Speaking – Penélope Cruz is Water | Conservation International (CI)

WM (1) Rain ForestYouTube-video Nature Is Speaking – Kevin Spacey is The Rainforest | Conservation International (CI) 

Nature Is Speaking – Kevin Spacey is The Rainforest | Conservation International (CI)



 WM (2) Mother Nature

Nature Is Speaking – Julia Roberts is Mother Nature | Conservation International (CI)


   WM (2) The Ocean


Nature Is Speaking – Harrison Ford is The Ocean | Conservation International (CI)

 YouTube-video Nature Is Speaking – Harrison Ford is The Ocean | Conservation International (CI) 

 WM (3) The Soil

Nature Is Speaking – Edward Norton is The Soil | Conservation International (CI) 

YouTube-video Nature Is Speaking – Edward Norton is The Soil | Conservation International (CI) 


 WM (4) The RedWood

Nature Is Speaking – Robert Redford is The Redwood | Conservation International (CI)


YouTube-video Nature Is Speaking – Robert Redford is The Redwood | Conservation International (CI) 



WM (5) The Coraal ReefYouTube-video Nature Is Speaking – Ian Somerhalder is Coral Reef | Conservation International (CI) 

Nature Is Speaking – Ian Somerhalder is Coral Reef | Conservation International (CI)



 Joint Statement on Global Day for Climate Impacted Communities

SIGN-ON: People of the World, Surge Forward for Climate Justice

Dear all,

It has been a year since Typhoon Haiyan struck central Philippines: one of the strongest and deadliest tropical cyclones ever recorded, leaving tens of thousands of people dead and missing, millions homeless and livelihoods destroyed.

In commemoration of the first year of Typhoon Haiyan and to honor all the victims of the global climate crisis, this sign-on statement attached calls on all climate-impacted communities and their organizations to unite in demanding justice and system change, and declares November 8 as International Day for Climate-Affected Communities.
The statement also calls on governments and leaders to come up with a new framework and ambitious goals to stop the climate crisis, protect the poor and vulnerable, make the polluters pay, and bring reparation to all victims of the climate crisis.
Read the full statement at
If you wish to endorse this statement, please email your name, organization and country to  And please share widely.

Paul Quintos

IBON International

3rd Flr., IBON Center , 114 Timog Avenue, Quezon City 1103,  Philippines

Telefax: +63 2 9276981 ,   Skype ID: paul.quintos 

Websites:    ,


Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014

CLIMATE-L Digest for Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

1. Young entrepreneurs to pitch ideas for planet’s future
2. @IISDRS Coverage of Sixteenth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change #RRI
3. Climate Change Job Vacancies Update – 29 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
4. Climate Change Daily Feed – 29 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
5. Latest issue JIQ: TNA Good Practice – Voluntary Carbon Markets – APRAISE – POLIMP
6. Manual del Negociador de Cambio Climatico Iberoamericano (Segunda edición)

Subject: Young entrepreneurs to pitch ideas for planet’s future

In Australia, a law student tries to help scientists and lawyers understand each other, paving the way for sound environmental policy.

In Uganda, afinancial consultant seeks to create a socially conscious economy for Africa.

In Brazil, an activist uses dance to spur action on climate change.

Around the world, the efforts of young people to change their world often go unnoticed—but one of the most dynamic conferences of 2014 will put a spotlight on them.

Held alongside December’s UN climate meetings in Lima, Peru, the Global Landscapes Forum will be an interactive gathering to seek combined solutions to the world’s most pressing natural resourcechallenges—and these young people will start the conversation.

Twelve young entrepreneurs were chosen from a pool of 700 to lead innovative discussions on land use, climate change and sustainable development issues and then pitch ideas to anaudience of more than 1,000 ministers, CEOs, activists, global policy leaders and top scientists.

Meet the 12 young people who will kick off the Global Landscapes Forum  here.

For more details about this event, visit


Michelle Kovacevic
Organizer, youth activities at the Global Landscapes Forum
Center for International Forestry Research| +614 39 444 762|
More about me: | @kovamic

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Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014
Subject: @IISDRS Coverage of Sixteenth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change #RRI

Sixteenth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change – “Investments, Communities and Climate Change – Risks and Opportunities”

30 October 2014 | Lima, Peru 

This Dialogue, hosted by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), will bring together key stakeholders to assess the opportunities and challenges related to access, use and ownership of land and resources in the context of efforts to mitigate climate change and reduce carbon emissions, such as those under REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, a mechanism under negotiation by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). Participants will discuss initiatives from governments, private sector, investors, and community-based organizations, and address opportunities and challenges presented by development policies. Participants will also discuss strategies to ensure that the rights of Indigenous Peoples, ethnic minorities and peasant communities are enhanced and protected. 

 RRI is a coalition of 13 partners and over 140 organizations working to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms, with a view to promoting global action on pro-poor forest policy and market reforms to increase household and community ownership, control and benefits from forests and land. The Rights and Resources Group (RRG), the secretariat of this global initiative, is based in Washington, D.C. The series of RRI Dialogues on Forests, Governance and Climate Change is designed to foster critical reflection and learning on forest governance, the rights of forest communities and Indigenous Peoples, and forest tenure in the context of global action to combat climate change.  

Funding for coverage of this meeting provided by RRI

Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI
Vice President, Reporting Services and United Nations Liaison
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – United Nations Office
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Where: NYC through 3 November, 5-8 Bangkok (Mercury), 9-12 Dammam/Abu Dhabi, 13-14 Nairobi, 16-18 Paris

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014
Subject: Climate Change Job Vacancies Update – 29 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice

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Climate Change: New Report: Setting, measuring & monitoring targets for disaster risk reduction: Recommenda​tions for post 2015 internatio​nal policy frameworks

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

For those members interested in climate change a new report from the Overseas Development Institute [ODI], your thoughts and insights from an environmental education, public engagement, international cooperation & coordination  perspective? 

All the best,


Dear SDG readers,

I am writing to inform you of the launch of our full report “Setting, measuring & monitoring targets for disaster risk reduction: Recommendations for post 2015 international policy frameworks”:

Prepared by ODI, RMS and CRED, the report provides 10 recommendations for establishing a common and comprehensive measurement and monitoring system for DRR progress to bridge post-2015 agreements. These recommendations include a focus on headline international targets focused on reducing disaster losses, as well as a national system of tracking progress in DRR based on using scenarios and hazard maps to assess progress in reducing the risk of losses. This is crucial, because major disaster events themselves are too infrequent to measure trends in disaster losses on a national basis over a decade or two.

The report also recommends specific numerical global targets for reducing disaster losses based on piecing together all available evidence.

 The report is available for download here, An Executive Summary is available via the same link with Spanish and French translations.

Best wishes, 

Ray Beach
Communications Officer
Climate and Environment
Overseas Development Institute
203 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NJ
United Kingdom
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Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2014
CLIMATE-L Digest for Friday, October 31, 2014.
1. PhD fellowships – policy, governance, and adaptation
2. New Report: Setting, measuring & monitoring targets for disaster risk reduction: Recommendations for post 2015 international policy frameworks
3. Climate Change Daily Feed – 31 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
4. Save the date |  Governing Climate Change: A Multi-Level Approach | Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’ 2015
5. RFF Webinar: Energy Efficiency in EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:25:37 +0000
Subject: PhD fellowships – policy, governance, and adaptation

Dear colleagues,

 The International Livestock Research Institute is offering two PhD fellowships which may be of interest.

 ILRI Graduate Field Research Fellowship: Call for Applications for PhD Fellow in Rangeland Governance (closing date: 30 November 2014)

Research sites in Ethiopia and/or Kenya and/or Tanzania.

 ILRI call for applications: PhD Fellows in Climate Change Adaptation Policy (closing date: 15 November 2014)

Research sites in Ethiopia and Senegal.

 Feel free to share this widely.


Lance Robinson  |  Scientist | Livestock Systems and the Environment

International Livestock Research Institute  |

P.O. Box 30709, Nairobi 00100, Kenya

Tel: +254 20 422 3000  via USA Tel +1 650 833 6660  |  DIRECT: +254 20 422 3521  |  Mob: +254 78 763 5301


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Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Subject: New Report: Setting, measuring & monitoring targets for disaster risk reduction: Recommendations for post 2015 international policy frameworks

Dear Climate-L readers,

 I am writing to inform you of the launch of our full report “Setting, measuring & monitoring targets for disaster risk reduction: Recommendations for post 2015 international policy frameworks”:

Prepared by ODI, RMS and CRED, the report provides 10 recommendations for establishing a common and comprehensive measurement and monitoring system for DRR progress to bridge post-2015 agreements. These recommendations include a focus on headline international targets focused on reducing disaster losses, as well as a national system of tracking progress in DRR based on using scenarios and hazard maps to assess progress in reducing the risk of losses. This is crucial, because major disaster events themselves are too infrequent to measure trends in disaster losses on a national basis over a decade or two.

The report also recommends specific numerical global targets for reducing disaster losses based on piecing together all available evidence.

The report is available for download here. An Executive Summary is available via the same link with Spanish and French translations.

Best wishes,

Ray Beach
Communications Officer
Climate and Environment
Overseas Development Institute
203 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NJ
United Kingdom
| Tel: 
+44 (0)20 7922 0307 |
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Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014
Subject: Save the date | Governing Climate Change: A Multi-Level Approach | Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’ 2015
Save the date!
 18-25 July 2015  | Greifswald and Berlin, Germany | 12th Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’ 

Governing Climate Change: A Multi-Level Approach to Energy System Transformation
Early bird discount: 15% reduction on registration fees until 16 January 2015.
See  for a detailed program and information on the Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’ 2015
See for general information about the Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’
The Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’ offers a 6 day program of seminars, lectures and discussions led by renowned scholars and experts. The program’s interdisciplinary structure is reflected in the selection of participants as well as in the structure of the teaching faculty, which is represented by major players and stakeholders of the energy transition: Climate scientists, academics, legal experts, policy-makers, engineers, energy businesses, NGO’s, transmission system operators and many more. Each lecture is followed by a discussion round in which participants have the opportunity to present their own views and questions on a given topic and get feedback from a highly qualified, international audience. The Summer Academy is organized in close cooperation with the University of Greifswald, and is headed by Prof. Michael Rodi, the founder of the event.
The Summer Academy 2015 will take place in the city of Greifswald from Saturday 18 until Tuesday 21 July, and in Berlin from Tuesday afternoon until Friday 24 July.  In Greifswald, the Academy will open with a reception and offer a full program of visits to the region‘s energy sites with matching lectures on past and future energy options. In Berlin, the Academy will continue with a series of expert conferences on climate change, the energy system transformation and international and local policy challenges.
Greifswald agenda: Visit to energy sites in the region, complemented with lectures
Saturday 18 | Arrival and Reception in Greifswald

  • Sunday 19 | Energy Transformation: Status Quo 
  • Monday 20 | Energy Transformation: Moving Forward

 Berlin agenda: Conferences 

  • Tuesday 21 | Climate Change and the Energy Challenge
  • Wednesday 22  | International Climate Policy and Regional Cooperation: From the Kyoto Protocol to the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive 
  • Thursday 23 | Climate policy at the National Level: Frameworks for the Energy Transformation
  • Friday 24 | Community Engagement: Local Solutions to Global Challenges

Interested? We would love to hear from you! For any questions or remarks, please contact us at
IKEM | Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility
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Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014
Subject: RFF Webinar: Energy Efficiency in EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Join Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for a webinar on the opportunities and challenges for energy efficiency under EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

Energy Efficiency in EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Using Building Block #4 to Set and Meet Emissions Goals

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
12:00–1:15 p.m. EST

Register to attend:

About the Event

Energy efficiency plays a unique role as building block #4 in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed Clean Power Plan, which sets carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rate targets for existing power plants by state. States may use energy efficiency as one of several potential strategies for achieving their targets, as long as they can demonstrate to EPA that their efforts result in real energy savings.

As states consider their response to EPA’s proposal and their options for compliance, they need to understand the basis for building block #4, the implications of using energy efficiency policies and programs for compliance, and how to evaluate the energy savings resulting from these programs. This webinar, co-hosted by Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), will address these aspects of the opportunities and challenges for energy efficiency under EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

This is the second event in a joint EPRI–RFF series on EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration and Compliance. Learn more about the series and future events at


12:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

  • ·         Kristin Hayes, Assistant Director, RFF’s Center for Climate and Electricity Policy, Resources for the Future

12:05 p.m. Brief Overview of Building Block #4 and EPRI’s Energy Efficiency Assessment

  • ·         Omar Siddiqui, Senior Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute

12:20 p.m. Challenges and Opportunities for Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Savings

  • ·         Karen Palmer, Senior Fellow and Research Director, Resources for the Future

12:35 p.m. Experience with State Energy Efficiency Program Implementation

  • ·         Dian Grueneich, Senior Research Scholar, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford University and former Commissioner, California Public Utility Commission

12:50 p.m. Q&A

1:15​ p.m. Adjourn

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Deputy Director for Government and Public Affairs

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Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014
CLIMATE-L Digest for Thursday, October 30, 2014.

2. Nouveau cours en ligne – Mobilité urbaine dans les pays en développement
3. Climate Change Daily Feed – 30 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
4. Online conference: Economics of climate change mitigation options in the forest sector
5. 8th Issue of the Africa Adaptation Newsletter.
6. New Study Analyzes China’s Cap-and-Trade Pilot Programs
7. Invitation: November 5 – What’s New Adapting to Global Shifts
8. REMINDER | Still time to register | Development & Climate Days at COP20 | 6-7 Dec 2014


Dear friends, 

The Lima COP will be a milestone in defining the architecture of the future regime. 

The political divide is around whether the legal nature of the commitments and the review, or assessment, of the contributions should consider ‘equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities’, or, it is time to establish an universal regime and reject notions of diversity as a part of the architecture.

The discussion should really be on how best to update the climate regime established in 1992, taking into account the current understanding based on the natural and social sciences.

The attached papers offers a way forward, with the developing proposing meaningful steps.

Best regards

Mukul Sanwal

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Subject: Nouveau cours en ligne – Mobilité urbaine dans les pays en développement

*Apologies for cross-posting*

Bonjour à tous,
La première session du cours en ligne «Mobilité urbaine durable dans les pays en développement» aura lieu en français du 24 novembre 2014 au 27 février 2015.
Ce cours en ligne est conçu et coordonné par l’Institut des Nations Unies pour la Formation et la Recherche (UNITAR), en coopération avec l’Agence de Coopération Allemande pour le Développement (GIZ).
Description du cours
Cette formation a pour but de renforcer les capacités des décideurs locaux et planificateurs urbains et de transport à formuler et mettre en œuvre des politiques de transport durables dans les pays en voie de développement. Il offre une analyse des enjeux importants sur la mobilité durable, notamment la gestion de la demande en transport, l’amélioration des transports publics et non-motorisés, la protection de l’environnement, la sécurité routière et la parité des genres dans les transports.

Les émissions de CO2 issues du secteur des transports représentent environ 23% des émissions totales d’origine humaine dans le monde. Le secteur des transports constitue donc l’un des secteurs ciblés pour des interventions publiques de réduction des émissions de CO2 et pour des mesures d’adaptation afin de réduire la vulnérabilité aux changements climatiques. Cette formation offre aux décideurs locaux et professionnels les outils nécessaires pour mettre en place ces mesures.  

Méthodes d’apprentissage
Le cours est dispensé sur une période de 12 semaines (avec une pause de deux semaines autour de Noël), à raison d’environ 6h de travail par semaine. La formation a été conçue pour être suivie en parallèle d’une activité professionnelle.
Le contenu du cours se divise en 6 modules, comprenant chacun des lectures, des activités d’auto-évaluation ainsi que des quiz. Les étudiants participeront également à des activités pratiques et collaboratives. Toutes les activités d’apprentissage sont encadrées par un expert en transport de haut niveau.
Informations et inscription
Plus de détails sur ce cours sont disponibles sur notre
prospectus. N’hésitez pas à le partager au sein de votre réseau.

Pour plus d’informations et pour vous inscrire, veuillez consulter le lien suivant:
Pour toute question, veuillez me contacter à l’adresse suivante:


Améline Peterschmitt

Équipe de Coordination, DCP

Programme de Coopération Décentralisée (DCP)

Institut des Nations Unies pour la Formation et la Recherche (UNITAR)

Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Genève 10, Suisse

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Dear all, 

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is pleased to announce the launch of a new e-learning course in French on Sustainable Urban Transport.
This course is implemented by UNITAR in partnership with the German Agency for International Development (GIZ).
Course description

This online training aims to enhance the capacity of local decision-makers and urban and transportation planners to formulate and implement appropriate policies that contribute to sustainability in urban transport in developing countries. 

The CO2 emissions in the transport sector represent about 23% of the total man-made CO2 emissions worldwide. Transport is therefore one of the sectors targeted for effective public interventions to reduce CO2 and adaptation measures to reduce vulnerability to climatic changes. This course empowers policy-makers and professionals to implement these measures.

The course content is divided in 6 modules, delivered over a period of 12 weeks in a flexible manner: participants can choose when and where they work, to fit in with jobs, families and other commitments. Estimated work load is approximately 6 hours per week.
For more information on course content and methods, and to register, please see: The course flyer is available here. Feel free to share it with your colleagues. 

For any question, please contact me directly at

Kind regards, 

Améline Peterschmitt

DCP Coordination Team

Decentralized Cooperation Programme (DCP)

 United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Email: / Website:

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:25:31 -0500
Subject: Climate Change Daily Feed – 30 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice

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Subject: Online conference: Economics of climate change mitigation options in the forest sector. 


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Reminder: Only 10 days remaining for submitting case studies for a unique online climate change conference

 Forestry policy makers, forest economists, scientists and researchers from all over the world are expected to register for a unique online conference entitled The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forest Sector. The conference will take place in six sessions during 6 -27 February 2015 and one hundred free places are available in each session. More than 400 registrations have been received from 95 countries already. The conference will focus on the costs and benefits of ways in which the forest sector can mitigate climate change, and examine how different countries mitigate climate change through forest management interventions and improved use of wood. Discussions will also showcase the lessons learned from mitigation efforts and their impacts on the value chain of forest products.

The deadline for submitting case studies is 10 November. Visit the conference web page to read more, register, or submit a case study abstract.

For more information, contact Illias Animon ( or Ruth Mallett (

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Subject: 8th Issue of the Africa Adaptation Newsletter.

Dear Colleagues

The Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet) is pleased to present the 8th Issue of the Africa Adaptation Newsletter. 
This issue offers a  comprehensive overview of  the latest adaptation practices, policy issues, project news, events and climate warnings amongst many  in Africa and beyond.
We highly appreciate your support and contributions as always and we urge you to continue to send and share your adaptation news with AAKNet!

We invite you to download the 8th issue at  page link and also visit our interactive website

NB: The next issue of the AAKNET newsletter will focus on the Climate Technology Transfer. Please email to with suggestions on relevant next areas of coverage you will want the newsletter to cover in the next issue. Also suggest the key topics and sectors which could be looked  into and explain why you think those should be the priority and strategic  areas for coverage


Best regards, 

Richard Munang, PhD ● Africa Regional Climate Change  Coordinator● Regional Office for Africa (ROA)- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) ●●Twitter: @mtingem

 Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:46:06 +0000
Subject: New Study Analyzes China’s Cap-and-Trade Pilot Programs

Dear colleagues,

 Resources for the Future (RFF) recently published a discussion paper I co-authored that assesses the design of pilot cap-and-trade programs in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangdong. You can access the full paper here and you can read a short blog that summarizes the paper here.

A theme of our study is the consideration of whether pilot regulators have skillfully adapted cap and trade, a fundamentally-market based policy, to China’s economy—which still contains many non-market features. We find that, in some instances, pilot designs represent a deft tailoring of cap and trade to China’s unique political economy. In many other cases, pilot designs indicate unresolved challenges.

 Given these challenges, we make nine recommendations to improve the design and operation of the pilots in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangdong. We hope these recommendations inform China’s plans to design and implement a nationwide cap-and-trade program in 2016.

 I hope you find the time to read the paper and that you find it interesting and useful. I, of course, would make myself available if you would like to discuss any aspect of it. You can find my contact information below.


 Clayton Munnings
Research Associate
Resources for the Future
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Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Subject: Invitation: November 5 – What’s New Adapting to Global Shifts

Dear Climate L Digest Colleagues, 

I hope those of you near Washington, DC will join us next Wednesday at ND-Global Adaptation Index’ annual meeting “What’s New, Adapting to Global Shifts.”  We have a few places left at this intimate convening of 100, and I would be thrilled for your direct input to the conversation. Registration information is here. 

The day will offer an opportunity to engage dozens of practitioners from corporate, public and private in discussions about:

  • ·       Global Business Adaptation Excellence
  • ·       Business Continuity Planning: Preparing to Avoid Disaster
  • ·       Climate-Driven Migration: Averting Humanitarian Crisis
  • ·       Measuring Adaption: Risk and Opportunity to Inform Development Decision Making 

A full list of speakers is available here and includes. 

Rob Baker, Chief Operating Officer, Ushahidi ​

Jennifer Crozier, Vice President, IBM Global Citizenship Initiatives

Jeffery Williams, Senior Manager, Climate Consulting Entergy Corporation

Gary Lawrence, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM Technology Corporation

Nancy Gillis, Senior Manager, Sustainable Supply Chain, Procurement and Supplier Management, EY

BGen Stephen A. Cheney USMC(Ret), Chief Executive Officer, The American Security Project

Steve Bowen, Associate Director and Meteorologist, Aon Benfield

Jefferson Shriver, Senior Technical Advisor for Market Linkage and Value Chain Development, Catholic Relief Services 

Kit Batten, Global Climate Change Coordinator, USAID 

Helen Ng, Executive Vice President, World Council on City Data

Conor Riffle, Director, Cities and Data Product Innovation, CDP

Steven Rone Wilson, Multilateral Investment Fund, Inter-American Development Bank

A livestream of the event will be also available throughout November 5th, see our homepage,, starting that morning. 

Best regards, Joyce

 Check out the winners of the Corporate Adaptation Prize!

Joyce Coffee

Managing Director

Notre Dame Global Adaptation 312 894 9028 (m) | 574 807 9322 (o)

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Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:39:31 +0000
Subject: REMINDER | Still time to register | Development & Climate Days at COP20 | 6-7 Dec 2014

Dear Climate-L subscriber

Just a reminder that the 12th Development & Climate Days side event will take place at the UNFCCC COP20 meeting in Lima, Peru, in December, and there is still time to register to attend.

D&C Days at COP20 will focus on innovative approaches and incisive dialogue for climate-smart development. This side event is a unique opportunity to integrate global efforts to tackle climate change and poverty, and set the world on a path to zero extreme poverty and zero net emissions within a generation, participants will explore ways to integrate climate and poverty targets, influence the UNFCCC negotiations and identify agreements that could produce zero-zero within a generation.

Date: 6-7 December 2014

Venue: Country Club Lima Hotel, Peru

It is being organised in partnership by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

The two days will feature dynamic, interactive discussion, including participatory games, high level panels, lightning talks, role-play discussions, world cafés and more.

Join the D&C Days zero poverty zero emissions discussion on twitter #zerozero

Kate Wilson

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Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014   CLIMATE-L Digest for Sunday, October 26, 2014.
1. @IISDRS Coverage of #IPCC 40


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Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014
Subject: @IISDRS Coverage of #IPCC 40

Fortieth session of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40)

27-31 October 2014 | Copenhagen, Denmark  

The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) will meet from 27-31 October at the Tivoli Conference Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates and synthesizes the findings from the three Working Group reports that comprise the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) for policymakers into a more concise document. The Panel will approve, line-by-line, the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) and adopt the draft SYR.

 In addition to approving the SPM and adopting the SYR, IPCC-40 is also expected to address, inter alia: the IPCC programme and budget through 2017; admission of observer organizations; future work of the IPCC; communication and outreach activities; request for a technical report on climate change, food and agriculture; the IPCC Executive Committee’s report; implementation of the IPCC conflict of interest policy; a number of progress reports, including by the Task Force on Greenhouse Gas Inventories and preparations for the Expert Meeting on potential studies of the IPCC process; and matters related to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and other international bodies.

 A press conference to present the SYR is expected to take place on 2 November at the Tivoli Conference Center, with participation from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri and Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization Michel Jarraud, as well as report authors.

 The third meeting of the Task Force on the Future Work of the IPCC will meet immediately prior to IPCC 40 on 26 October to consider, among other things, the refined Options Paper prepared by the Task Group Co-Chairs, which draws on submissions from governments, scientists, observer organizations, Technical Support Units and the Secretariat.

 The AR5 has been under preparation for six years and consists of the SYR and contributions by the three working groups. The Panel adopted Working Group I’s contribution on the physical science basis of climate change in Stockholm, Sweden, in September 2013. The Panel adopted Working Group II’s contribution on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability in March 2014 in Yokohama, Japan. Working Group III’s contribution on mitigation of climate change was adopted in April 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

 IISD RS will produce daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis from this conference. Kindly return to this site on Monday, 20 October 2014, for more information. 

Daily and Summary coverage will be available at 

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Specific funding for the coverage of this meeting has been provided by the IPCC Secretariat, the

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Aramco, as well as by Japan’s Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). 

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International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – United Nations Office
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  [ClimateSu​mmit] UN Synthesis Report Post-2015 Accountabi​lity Framework from Regional Commission​s’ Consultati​ons

Dear Colleagues: 

As you recall, during August-September the UN and in each of the Regional Economic Commissions on a Post-2015 Accountability Framework.  Here is the latest update on the discussion on the post-2015 Accountability Framework.  FYI, this will hopefully be a key part of the UN SG’s forthcoming Synthesis Report. 

1.   Synthesis Report of the REC Consultations:

Towards an effective monitoring and accountability framework for the post-2015 

development agenda: perspectives from the regions. 

2.   Chair’s Summary from each of the Regional Economic Commissions:

Regional Consultations on “Monitoring and Accountability for the post-2015 Development Agenda.”

3.   Specific RECs:

ESCAP: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on: Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

completed on 5 August 2014 

Chair’s Summary:

Background Docs:

ECA: Economic Commission for Africa 

Press Release:

completed on August 26, 2014

Chair’s Summary: not available online (to be confirmed)

ECLAC: Economic Commission for Latin American and Carribean

ECLAC Hosts a Regional Consultation on Accountability for the Post-2015 Agenda

Press Release:

completed on August 29, 2014

Chair’s Summary: Not available online (to be confirmed)

Background Docs: Not available online (to be confirmed)

ECE: Economic Commission for Europe 

forthcoming in September, 15-16, Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XVII

Background Documents, Questionnaire, Agenda:

ESCWA:  Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
forthcoming September 15-16, Tunisia

Press Release:

Information Note:


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CLIMATE-L Digest for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

1. PROVIA Online Consultation on VIA issues
2. Climate Change Daily Feed – 22 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
3. Climate Change Job Vacancies Update – 22 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
4. @IISDRS announcing @theGEF #GEF47Council, CSO Consultation and 17th LDCF/SCCF Council
5. New Ceres Report Ranks U.S. Insurance Companies on Climate Change Responses
6. ECO – Oct 23

Subject: PROVIA Online Consultation on VIA issues
Dear Colleagues,

The Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) has launched an Online Consultation to gather public opinion on the most important issues and challenges in climate change Vulnerability, Impact and Adaptation (VIA). The aim is to collect and analyse public opinions that will allow us to develop a long-term strategic plan.
We would like to reach out to a wider community from all over to know the issues and barriers in VIA for effective adaptation. In particular we would appreciate feedback from VIA experts, practitioners, policy makers and civil society.
This survey also aims to improve PROVIA’s relevance through participatory public consultation on:
  a) Critical climate change adaptation needs at the global, regional and national level.
  b) How PROVIA can best meet those needs.
To access the survey click here.

For more information, visit PROVIA website:

 Secretariat of PROVIA
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

 P.O. Box 30552 /  Nairobi 00100, Kenya  / Tel: +254 20 762 5108

Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:52:33 -0500
Subject: Climate Change Daily Feed – 22 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice

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CLIMATE-L Digest for Friday, October 24, 2014.

1. World Bioenergy Association (WBA) releases factsheet on pellets: a fast growing energy carrier
2. REDD credits in a global carbon market : Options and impacts
3. NAMAs in Agriculture – join webinars & watch recordings – #NRC-CC-MITIGATION
4. UNOPS CERs ITB posted – advancing towards UN climate neutrality
5. Climate Change Daily Feed – 24 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
6. New Manual for Measuring, Assessing, and Analyzing Coastal Blue Carbon
7. SAVE THE DATE | Wednesday, 3 December | REDD+ Safeguards: Practical Considerations for Developing a Summary of Information
8. What do we actually know about how national responses to climate change are considering or ignoring ethics. justice. and equity in policy formation, an event on Dec 9.

Subject: World Bioenergy Association (WBA) releases factsheet on pellets: a fast growing energy carrier.

Dear all,

WBA is pleased to announce the launch of the fact sheet: Pellets – a fast growing energy carrier.

This factsheet provides an overview of pellets, their properties, production of pellets in large and small scale technologies, pellet equipment including boilers and stoves, and the economics of pellets.

According to the factsheet, in 2013, 22 million tonnes of pellets were produced worldwide in approximately 800 plants with individual capacity over 10 000 tonnes.

The annual growth of pellet production has been close to 20 % over the last decade.
In terms of environmental benefits, the CO2 balance of using pellets is very positive. CO2 emission reduction by conversion of a heating system or a power plant from using fossil fuels to fuelling by pellets is typically between 80 and 90 %. In case of short transport distances from local pellet producers to residential consumers, CO2 reduction compared to use of heating oil can reach 95 %.
The main pellet producing regions in 2014 are Europe and North America and the report estimates a strong growth in pellet consumption in Europe, North America and Asia.
Download the full factsheet for free at
Kind regards
Bharadwaj V Kummamuru
Project Officer, World Bioenergy Association
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:41:46 +0000
Subject: REDD credits in a global carbon market : Options and impacts

Dear climate colleagues, 

After years of intensive negotiations, COP19 in Warsaw in November 2013 finalized a significant set of decisions on ways to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and the degradation of forests (REDD+). These decisions will enable the REDD+ mechanism to evolve towards its final operative stage: results-based finance.  

This report has reviewed and analyzed the implications of introducing REDD+ credits in a future global carbon market. The different options discussed in the report have each their merits and risks. A major challenge is to introduce REDD+ in such way that, on the one hand, sufficient funding is mobilized and the REDD+ potential realized, and on the other hand, the inclusion ensures that REDD+ becomes additional. 

Download the report for free here:

Vennlig hilsen/Kind regards
Johannes Magnus
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Subject: NAMAs in Agriculture – join webinars & watch recordings – #NRC-CC-MITIGATION

Dear Colleague,  

I’d like to invite you to join the two upcoming webinars dealing with Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in Agriculture and Land Use sectors. Have a look at the recordings of our first webinar that took place earlier this week.   

UNFAO Webinar: NAMA Finance and Country Cases in Agriculture Sectors   

Wednesday 29 October 12:45–14:45hrs (Note clock change: UTC+1 – CET  

Link to access the webinar:     


1. Financing NAMAs in agriculture. Examples from Peru – Gesine Hänsel, Ecofys               

2. Case: Mongolia – Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions for Grassland and Livestock Management –

    Batkhishig Baival, Nutag Partners and Timm Tennigkeit, Unique Forestry                       

3. Case: The Costa Rican process towards NAMAs in coffee sector –

    Luis Zamora, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica                

4. Discussion, summary and closing remarks

 Participants have the opportunity to ask questions after the presentations.  

You can join the discussions on our NAMAs in Agriculture community of practice through this online form. 

 For more information:

The second webinar will be organized in Spanish by our partner organization Plataforma Finanzas Carbono:    

Webinar in Spanish: Planificación nacional para la mitigación de cambio climático en agricultura y el papel del sector privado

30/10/2014 – 03:00pm (GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires    

 El webinar será dictado por Katalin Solymosi, experta agrícola del Banco Inter-Americano de Desarrollo, en el marco de las actividades conjuntas desarrolladas por FAO y las Comunidades de Práctica de Agricultura y NAMAs (COP-AGRI y COP-NAMAs) de la Plataforma Finanzas Carbono. 

El webinar discutirá la importancia del sector agropecuario en reducir emisiones a nivel nacional y el papel que desempeñan LEDS y NAMAs en la planificación nacional. Se darán ejemplos de proyectos que resaltar la importancia de desarrollar NAMAs agrícolas y de involucrar al sector privado en las iniciativas.        

 More information:     

Webinar recordings from our previous webinar: NAMAs in Agriculture Sectors – Getting ready 

Introduction – What does it take to develop a NAMA? – Verónica Gutman, Di Tella Institute – FTDT   RecordingSlides   NAMA Learning Tools for Agriculture and Land Use - Kaisa Karttunen, FAO     


Agriculture NAMAs and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) - Heather Jacobs, FAO  RecordingSlides    

How can we support the design of Livestock NAMAs? - Anne Mottet, FAO       

 RecordingSlides   Welcome to learn together on NAMAs in agriculture.    

On behalf of the organizing team, 

Maria Nuutinen 

FAO’s Climate change, energy and tenure division     /  +39.06.57053284 


PS. Thanks for sharing this invitation via email or through social media: 


Advancing with #NAMAs in #Agriculture – Watch presentations on: @FAOclimate

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:54:02 +0000
Subject: UNOPS CERs ITB posted – advancing towards UN climate neutrality


Dear colleagues, 

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has just posted an Invitation to Bid (ITB) for Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). To access the ITB, click here. The ITB closes on November 7th.  UNOPS invites all project developers and carbon offsets traders to respond to the invitation to bid and offer credits that satisfy the quality requirements spelled out in the technical specifications.  During the Climate Summit last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that the entire United Nations system is stepping up its efforts to minimize its environmental impact: “The United Nations is doing its part. We will be climate neutral by 2020.”

For more information on UNOPS procurement and becoming a UNOPS supplier, click here.

Subject: Climate Change Daily Feed – 24 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice

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Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:21:50 -0500
Subject: New Manual for Measuring, Assessing, and Analyzing Coastal Blue Carbon.

This week the International Blue Carbon Initiative published “Coastal Blue Carbon: methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows”, a comprehensive field guide to measure stocks of coastal carbon.

Mangroves, tidal marshes, seagrasses and other coastal ecosystems are critical to maintaining human well-being and global biodiversity; supporting efforts to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Despite these benefits and services, it is estimated that up to 67% of the historical global mangrove range, 35% of tidal salt marshes, and 29% of seagrasses have been lost; making coastal blue carbon ecosystems some of the most threatened on Earth.

The Coastal Blue Carbon manual provides managers, scientist, community groups and government agencies with the essential tools needed to monitor and inventory blue carbon stocks in these important habitats. 

To download Coastal Blue Carbon: Methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrasses,

click here:

The Blue Carbon Initiative is co-led by Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Subject: SAVE THE DATE | Wednesday, 3 December | REDD+ Safeguards: Practical Considerations for Developing a Summary of Information

REDD+ Safeguards:

Practical Considerations for Developing a Summary of Information

 Side Event

On behalf of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative and a team of expert authors, Meridian Institute invites you to attend a side event on the margins of the 20th session of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) in Lima, Perú for the release and discussion of the report REDD+ Safeguards: Practical Considerations for Developing a Summary of Information.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

20:00, food and beverage will be served


Sipan Room

Av. Salaverry, 2599 San Isidro, Lima, Perú 

Please RSVP your participation for the event by clicking here.
For more information, please contact:

Mallorie Bruns: | +1.970.368.0231or

Liz Duxbury: | +1.970.333.8101

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*This work is being funded by Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative but is not in support of, or reflecting, Norwegian Government positions. It is the sole work of the authors.

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:51:28 -0400
Subject: What do we actually know about how national responses to climate change are considering or ignoring ethics. justice. and equity in policy formation, an event on Dec 9.

This is to invite those who will be at COP-20 in Lima and are working on ethics justice, and equity to an event on Tuesday December 9 at 9 am on “What do we actually know about how nations are considering or ignoring climate ethics, justice, and equity when formulating climate change policies.

Widener University School of Law and the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning have been cooperating on a major research project for which we have 30 researchers in 30 countries investigating how nations and national debates on climate policy are considering or ignoring ethics and justice in climate policy formation.

This event will include a briefing of what we have found . We also welcome others who want to contribute on the empirical question of what we know about the extent to which nations have actually considered ethics and justice in climate policy as well as others interested in the topic. If you would like to participate or attend please let me know. The event is open to the public but space is limited .

The event wil be held at the Hotel Ariosto (TURICOM S.A.)Av. La Paz 769, Miraflores, Lima 18. It is expected to begin at noon and be finished by 1:00 pm. 

Donald A. Brown
Scholar In Residence and Professor 

Sustainability Ethics and Law
Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Part-Time Professor, Nanjing Univ of Information Science and Technology, 

Nanjing, China. (papers published on SSRN )

717-802-1009 (cell)

Climate Change Ethics: Navigating the Perfect Moral Storm;

Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:02 -0500
CLIMATE-L Digest for Saturday, October 25, 2014.
1. ECO – 25 October
2. What Will Motivate Effective Climate Action? – New Economic Perspectives post

Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:38:11 +0200
Subject: ECO – 25 October


Please find the final edition of ECO for this UNFCCC ADP meeting in Bonn. ECO will be produced during COP20 in Lima again.



To negotiations and beyond

ECO has become increasingly concerned about the slow progress towards negotiations based on draft text for the elements of the 2015 agreement.

The Co-Chairs approach to this task reminds ECO a bit of the movie Groundhog Day”, where the main character relives the same day over and over again. Sure, the workshop approach has yielded some interesting exchanges of views and even a few new ideas. But the exercise of Parties continually repeating their well-known positions has its limits. And it seems to ECO that this should really come to an end now so that real negotiations can begin.

Negotiators will notice there is strong asymmetry between the various texts, with actual draft decision text for the INDCs and for Workstream 2, but only a Co-Chairs paper listing Partiesideas for elements for the 2015 agreement.

This delay in moving to text appears to be rooted in fears of being overwhelmed by a comprehensive text running to several hundred pages and polarisation of Party positions. The fear of a long text can be addressed by Parties agreeing on a proper mandate for the Co-Chairs. Yet, the fundamental differences in positions are real. ECO believes it could help to bring them out in the open so they can be confronted directly by ministers and leaders. 

ECO suggests that the Co-Chairs produce a draft negotiating text on the elements of the 2015 agreement before Lima. They can draw on the discussions here in Bonn, along with Party submissions (including any additional ones made over the next couple of weeks) to produce a bracketed text with options that reflect the range of positions of Parties.

The Co-Chairs could then be given the mandate to synthesise the various Party proposals to some extent, to avoid ballooning the text up to hundreds of pages, while still presenting a representative range of positions in a manner that is recognisable to the proponents.

Having the chance to engage in real negotiations around clearly defined proposals for the 2015 agreement, representing the full range of views of Parties, will create the conditions for finalising the INDC and WS2 decisions in Lima, as well as the long list of other ongoing work under the COP and SBs.

Conversely, a continuation of the discussion format that weve experienced at the last two sessions in Bonn on the elements text will almost certainly not lead to agreement, and could jeopardise chances for agreement on the INDCs decision as well.

The end of king coal?

As delegates prepare to leave these halls, many may be feeling that theres only been a lot of talk. ECO turns its eyes back to the real worldand sees actions that offer a glimmer of hope. Chinas war against pollution” may be one of those, with Chinese President Xi urging an Energy Revolution.

Its signs that Chinas transition away from dirty coal is gaining momentum. For the first three quarters in 2014, both production and consumption of coal in China have decreased by over 1% compared to last year, pushing down the price of coal to its lowest level in many years (due to a lack of demand). As a result, the coal industry, often referred to as “King Coal”, is suffering from huge profit loss and ominous future prospects.

 Chinas coal use was booming until 2012. Now, a potential coal peak is seen as possible in the coming years. Cement, iron and steel production could also peak by 2020. ECO hardly needs to point out how significant such a shift would be to the global effort to limit carbon emissions.

 The main driver of these developments is Chinas economic restructuring efforts. However, there have also been recent environmental and low-carbon policies that may lead to a sustained transition and enable a more appropriate and strong price signal to the market.

Such policies include resource taxation reform, a renewed tariff on coal imports, and efforts to address air pollution. If such efforts are maintained with strong political support, they could hedge against potential market fluctuation and renewed coal growth in the future, and stimulate faster growth in renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions to climate change.

If this continues, these recent developments could put China below previously assumed emission trajectories. Perhaps on the road to Paris, we might hear ambitious statements relating to regional emission peaks from Chinese delegates?

Take-aways on finance

ECO would not want negotiators to leave Bonn with the feeling that no progress was made on financewhich is what will enable the implementation of any fair and ambitious agreement reached in Paris.

The good news first: ECO senses convergence on the view that future finance arrangements should build on the existing architecture.

This includes the Green Climate Fund, the Adaptation Fund, the Least Developed Countries Fund, the Standing Committee, the Strategies and Approaches process (a work in progress, hopefully useful), the biennial ministerial engagement, and the MRV provisions (modest and with room for improvement).

This fact should keep the developed countries happy, and allow negotiators to focus on the substance: how to get more money flowing to climate action.

But before money can get out, it will first have to get in–that is, into the Green Climate Fund.

The Fund is waiting for pledges.This week the G77 and China called for an initial capitalisation of  at least US$15 billion. Thanks to the remarkable pledge by Sweden, we are inching closer. Will the US, the UK, Japan, Norway, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Finland, Austria, Iceland, Ireland, Poland and others rise to the challenge?

ECO is pleased that climate-proofing of investments has gained a lot of attention and support here in Bonn, perhaps even enough to be expressed through  specific decisions to be made in Paris. ECO is all for climate-proofing, with public entities taking the lead. Governments, development banks, export credit agencies, etc. should shift their financial or political backing away from dirty fossil fuels.

Much to ECOs dismay, however, no real progress was made on delineating the vehiclefor finance between Lima and Paris. There is fierce resistance to including information on the provision  of finance in developed PartiesINDCs, meaning that developing countries will head home from Peru without any confidence that the Paris agreement will lead to binding commitments on finance.

These commitments are an integral part of the “fair shares” that developed countries must make towards an equitable and ambitious outcome. ECO challenges them to offer credible ideas to create such confidence. 

In this regard, ECO very much liked the Brazilian proposal to include South-South co-operation in their INDCs. Developed countries would be enlightened (or maybe embarrassed) to see other INDCs with information on support and co-operation without having anything to showcase themselves.

Or, as AILAC noted, developing countries could prepare two-tier INDCs, starting with their fair-share level of ambition without support, and then an indication of how much  further a country could go with sufficient support. Developing countries could then decide in Paris whether to lock-in their more ambitious INDCs, subject to finance becoming available.

Some developed countries (New Zealand is one) seem open to the idea of a global target on finance (and other means of implementation), as part of the Paris package, though most remain silent. Such a target on the provision of public finance is essential to ensure that adequate support is available for adaptation and to catalyse an investment shift from fossil fuels to renewables and energy efficiency technologies.

The AILAC proposal of periodic finance pledges or commitments by developed countries (and other countries with comparable levels of responsibility and capability) has gained attention this week. The EU, for one, does not seems entirely hostile to the idea, as a way of creating predictability and transparency in the fulfilment of  longer-term promises and commitments.

Parties on the lookout for something more short-term may remember that there is still no forward-looking transparency with regard to the Copenhagen promise of $100 billion. ECO echoes the calls from Malaysia, Jordan and Iran for a finance roadmap towards 2020 and has no idea why the developed countries continue to resist this. Such a roadmap will be an essential ingredient to the success of the overall Paris package.

The EU 2030 package: on time, yes, but where was the ambition?

ECO waited with bated breath for the European Council decision on the EU’s climate and energy package as news trickled through in the early hours of Friday morning. 

Is this package, setting a reduction target of “at least” 40% by 2030, up to the challenge of preventing dangerous climate change and staying well below 2°C? The short answer is no. The longer answer is still no, unless other Parties are willing to make up the remainder of the EU’s fair share. 

Either way, the package shows that the EU isn’t serious about the necessary transformation away from dirty fossil fuels towards 100% clean energy by mid-century.

Of course, the EU is first in the class to submit its homework (take note, fellow developed country Parties). But being the first does not mean being the best, and ECO sees a lot of room for improvement. The EU may want to review and improve its proposed 2030 target with the word ambition always in mind.

There is at least an opening for such an outcome, as the two key words “at least” leave room to bring the reduction target (and the renewable energy and energy efficiency targets) more in line with the 2°C limit. ECO calls on EU Member States to make every effort to do this, as the last thing the world needs is a lock-in of low ambition in the Paris agreement. 

A discussion is also needed about the EU’s obsession with its ten year cycle — five-year cycles are much more suitable to avoid a dangerous lock-in of low ambition. 

And ECO hasn’t forgotten the EU’s environment and finance ministers. Their respective council meetings over the next weeks have the potential to keep the EU keep working hard on the road to Lima and thereafter.

Both meetings should send much clearer signals to developing countries that the EU is serious about all of the elements of the 2015 agreement, importantly including the means of Implementation for both mitigation and adaptation. 

Hungry but still walking in the Philippines 

ECO wonders if delegates have noticed that a distinguished fellow negotiator from the Philippines, Yeb Saño, has been absent from this intersessional. Saño, alongside 12 other dedicated fellow walkers, is engaged in a 1000km #ClimateWalk from Manila to the Ground Zeroof Tacloban city to mark the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Yolanda. Known outside the Philippines as Typhoon Haiyan, this superstorm has a semi-official death toll of 15,000, with many people still unaccounted for even a year later. 

 Along their mammoth journey, the climate walkers are visiting villages devastated by the typhoon, delivering disaster resilience kits and holding forums to discuss how communities can adapt to a changing climate. They will also join the global fast for the climate on November 1st, adding hunger to tiredness in solidarity with the many people whose lives are being affected adversely by climate change. 

Delegates who would like to show their support are invited to send their support on social media using #fastfortheclimate and #climatewalk. The campaign continues after the walk concludes, where the first day of the COP in Lima will see many fasting. ECO invites all to participate to set the right tone for the start of COP20.


Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:41:10 -0700
Subject: What Will Motivate Effective Climate Action? – New Economic Perspectives post

Dear Colleagues,

My latest post for the New Economic Perspectives group blog hosted by the Economics Department of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, examines how conventional climate policy has excluded the key motivators for effective climate action. 

I propose an alternative framework which I call climate Keynesianism:

I propose that effective climate action must draw from a combination of individual and social motive forces, including ethical impulses, self-preservation, government institution-building & spending, human impulse to plan/anticipate & economic self-interest.

While comments are closed on the post, I welcome your feedback and comments via email.

All the Best,
Michael Hoexter, Ph.D.

Terraverde – Energizing Green Markets  /  Belmont, CA 94002
Tel: (650)274-9360   /  Fax (650)649-1788


Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:03 -0500

-L Digest for Thursday, October 23, 2014.
1. Invitation: CISDL Legal Essay Competition 2014
2. Reminder – First REDD+ Academy to be hosted in Indonesia
3. Emerging architecture of 2015 agreement: challenges & opportunities
4. The Sudden Rise of Carbon Taxes, 2010-2030
5. Climate Change Daily Feed – 23 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
6. News from UN CC:Learn – Steering Group Meeting, Experience-Sharing Workshop, Malawi Sourcebook, and Translated Resources
7. Reporting on the Forests Action Area of the UN Climate Summit 23 September 2014
8. China and the US: how does their climate action compare? – Climate Action Tracker update
9. New guide on water and climate adaptation
10. ACCO Announces Call for Participation and Webinar on the CCO Certification (TM) Program
11. ACCO’s Defense, National Security & Climate Change Symposium Rescheduled for January 7-9, 2015
12. ECO – 24 October
13. Request for Proposals: Increase financing opportunities to your clean energy businesses


Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:37:02 -0400
Subject: Invitation: CISDL Legal Essay Competition 2014

Invitation: CISDL Legal Essay Competition 2014
Climate Change, Sustainable Development and the Law: Governance Challenges and Innovations.

What are the most pressing governance challenges for the world in responding to the threats and opportunities of climate change in 2015 and beyond? Which innovative legal instruments and practices hold potential to help address them? How can they be implemented across diverse sectors?

The Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), in cooperation with the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) at the University of Cambridge, the Centre for Research on Climate Resilience (CR2) at the University of Chile, and the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP) of the University of Nairobi, is pleased to announce a legal essay competition on “Climate Change, Sustainable Development and the Law: Governance Challenges and Innovations.” 

The competition is open to law students at the undergraduate and graduate level, from all regions of the world. Students from least developed countries are especially encouraged to apply. Papers should be 10 pages in length single-spaced, and address a current pressing international, regional or local legal research or governance challenge relating to climate change and sustainable development, identifying or proposing innovative legal instruments which might provide solutions to the challenge.
The international gold, two silver and three bronze award winning entries will be announced in a special legal awards ceremony at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (CoP20) in Lima, Peru, and will be published internationally by the CISDL.
Please send entries, along with a 300 word bio, to ‘Climate Essay International Jury’ at <> by 5pm EST, November 22, 2014.
Katherine Lofts
Programme Coordinator and Associate Fellow, Climate Change
Coordinatrice du programme et chercheure associée, Changement Climatique
Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
Centre du droit international du développement durable
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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:39:07 +0300

Subject: Reminder – First REDD+ Academy to be hosted in Indonesia
The REDD+ Academy is a new systematic and iterative large-scale capacity building initiative prepared by the UN-REDD Programme and partners.

The first REDD+ Academy session is being hosted by the Government of Indonesia in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 28 October to 7 November for the Asia-Pacific region. It will bring together members of the Indonesian Parliament, environmental journalists, and REDD+ future leaders and practitioners from the sixteen UN-REDD partner countries across the region.   The course will provide an overview of key REDD+ issues, including National REDD+ Strategies, NFMS/MRV/REL, safeguards and SIS, governance, stakeholder engagement, and climate finance, with the aim to empower participants to contribute to a well-informed national REDD+ process. A focus of the REDD+ Academy is to train REDD+ decision-makers in economic and policy sectors which will be essential for the success of Results-based Actions, such as agriculture, energy, finance and development planning. The next REDD+ Academy sessions are envisaged for Africa and for Latin America/Caribbean in 2015, to be hosted by Argentina and Nigeria, with rotating locations in different host countries. Participation is by invitation only.

The REDD+ Academy will be underpinned by a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) being launched in 2015.

Suzannah Goss │ Communications Coordinator & Knowledge Management │ United Nations Environment Programme│  UN-REDD Programme   Nairobi, Kenya│ Tel.+254 20 762 5045 │



Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:46:44 +0000
Subject: Emerging architecture of 2015 agreement: challenges & opportunities

The emerging architecture of the 2015 climate agreement has flaws, but it is the structure many countries seem to prefer, and there are also opportunities to strengthen the agreement. This FIELD graphic and accompanying blog highlight some opportunities, including stronger civil society involvement.



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 Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:47:34 +0000
Subject: The Sudden Rise of Carbon Taxes, 2010-2030
Dear Climate-L Readers,

In a new CGD essay, “The Sudden Rise of Carbon Taxes, 2010-2030, Lawrence MacDonald and Jing Cao outline an imagined scenario in which “It’s 2030 and instead of racing toward the brink of climate catastrophe the world has begun to back away. Annual global emissions of heat-trapping gasses have fallen two-thirds—faster than anybody had dared to hope … with continued steep reductions ahead.  Atmospheric CO2 was increasing by 3 ppm per year as recently as 2020; … today the annual increase has fallen to just 1 ppm, and attention and investment are shifting from the need for steep emissions reductions—a global goal that has largely been attained—to large-scale, low-cost biological methods for extracting carbon from the atmosphere.”  It all comes about because of emissions fees imposed in the U.S.,China, Europe and elsewhere.  And it coincides with increased economic growth!  Read the attached essay to see how this scenario can actually happen.
Michele de Nevers
Senior Associate
Center for Global Development
2055 L Street NW
Washington DC 20036
Tel 202-416-4000/mobile 202-841-1601
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:18:52 -0500
Subject: Climate Change Daily Feed – 23 October 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice  
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Subject: News from UN CC:Learn – Steering Group Meeting, Experience-Sharing Workshop, Malawi Sourcebook, and Translated Resources

Dear Climate-L Readers,

Please find below the latest news from UN CC:Learn.

 UN CC:Learn Endorses 5 Newly Appointed Ambassadors for Climate Change Learning at its 5th Steering Group Meeting

1-2 October 2014, Geneva. Participants from 16 UN organizations and 8 UN CC:Learn countries took part in the 5th Steering Group Meeting of UN CC:Learn Partners, 1-2 October 2014, Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting allowed to wrap up the first phase of the UN CC:Learn project and discuss activities for the second phase. Achievements of the pilot countries (Benin, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi and Uganda) were discussed, and three new partner countries were introduced (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan). The meeting was also the opportunity to present the new Climate Change Learning Ambassadors.

 Read more…

 UN CC:Learn Partner Countries Develop Recommendations for Successful Climate Change Learning Strategies

30 September – 1 October 2014, Geneva.

Participants from the five UN CC:Learn pilot countries (Benin, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Malawi, Uganda) met with participants from three new partner countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan) to share experiences in the development and implementation of national climate change learning strategies during a UN CC:Learn workshop, 30 September and 1 October 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland.

 Read more…

 Malawi’s Latest Step in Promoting Climate Change Education

Malawi, September 2014. P

roviding tools to support teachers is essential in order to promote climate change education in schools. As part of their effort to integrate climate change education in Malawi’s primary school curricula, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Malawi recently launched a publication called Climate Change Sourcebook for Primary School Teachers. The book was developed by specialists from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Malawi Institute of Education (MIE), the Environmental Affairs Department, academia, practising teachers and primary education advisors. It was trial-tested with primary school teachers in Zomba, Machinga and Kasungu districts and then refined again. 22,300 copies have been distributed to primary schools so far.

 Read more…

 Guidance Note for Developing a National Climate Change Learning Strategy Now Available in French and Spanish

Good news! The UN CC:Learn Guidance Note for Developing a National Climate Change Learning Strategy is now available in French and Spanish. A group of dedicated volunteers has supported the translation of the document in order to make it more accessible to people all around the world.  

The documents can be found here:
More information on the Guidance Note can be found

About UN CC:Learn

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries to  design and implement systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. At the global level, the partnership supports knowledge-sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. At the national level, UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing and implementing
national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of Article 6 of the UNFCCC on training, education and public awareness-raising, and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme.  Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

Vincens COTE (Mr.)

Training Officer

UN CC:Learn Secretariat

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Tel: +41 22 917 8730 / Fax: +41 22 917 8047

Email: / Website :


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Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:10:34 +0000
Subject: Reporting on the Forests Action Area of the UN Climate Summit 23 September 2014

Report on the UN Climate Summit Forests Pavilion

Report on the UN Climate Summit Forests Action Area Plenary

Media Report on Forests at the Climate Summit


 Dear Colleagues,

Please find here reports on two important events during the UN Climate Summit on 23 September at UN headquarters: the Forests Pavilion, with 5 panels of leading actors and thinkers on forests and 400 participants from throughout the world and the formal Forests Action Area Plenary session with heads of state and government and other key leaders.

As a result of these events, Forests took center stage at the UN Climate Summit when dozens of global leaders announced plans to address climate change by presenting a global timeline and concrete actions to slow, end and reverse deforestation, and restore degraded forests.

The events of the past year have demonstrated new momentum and a growing global partnership to protect forests and enhance forest restoration, in ways that promote sustainable development. This historic collaboration of governments, governors, private sector companies, indigenous peoples and civil society is adding up to something truly significant, as was recognized last month by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, by world leaders, and by the media as evidenced by unprecedented news coverage of the Climate Summit and the Forests announcements in particular.

(See media report for links to some 250 news articles).

 The New York Declaration on Forests, which was generated by a vanguard of countries and companies with input from indigenous peoples and non-governmental organizations, was unveiled at the Summit. Endorsed by over 160 entities, its pledges to halve deforestation by 2020 and end it by 2030, to restore 350 million hectares of degraded forest landscapes, and its expression of government buy-in to private sector supply chain goals, were warmly welcomed. Not just a commitment of words, the Declaration was backed up by specific commitments to action including a supply chain revolution among major commodity traders; a pledge by indigenous peoples to protect hundreds of millions of hectares of tropical forests; new commitments from forest country governments to reduce deforestation or restore degraded lands;  new bilateral and multilateral programmes to pay countries for reduced deforestation over the next six years; and new procurement policies for several of the largest forest commodity importer governments.

 The Forests Pavilion, held on the morning of 23 September, brought together 400 leading thinkers and actors from this coalition, including Ministers of developing and developed countries, CEOs of major corporations, indigenous leaders from Asia, Africa and Latin America, NGO leaders, and leaders of multilateral initiatives including the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, the UN-REDD Programme and the Global Environment Facility. Three and a half hours of rich discussion saw the scope and significance of forests announcements articulated, and engagement among sectors to advance effective partnerships through the 2015 Paris UNFCCC COP and beyond. The Pavilion was closed by France’s Climate Change Ambassador, Laurence Tubiana, who called this powerful public-private coalition and the New York Declaration on Forests a model for other sectors to follow and essential and welcome contributions in the run up to the Paris COP.

 The formal Forests Action Area Plenary Session later that afternoon was chaired by President Yudhoyono of Indonesia and Prime Minister Solberg of Norway, and with representatives of companies, states, indigenous peoples and NGOs.

Through this formal session and the Pavilion, we and others recognized that deforestation

can be stopped, that there is a clear pathway to achieve this, and that it involves us all.

 I write to thank you sincerely for your contribution to advancing this historic agenda and for helping to make all of this possible. We at UNDP, along with our multilateral colleagues in the UN-REDD Programme, FAO and UNEP, the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), look forward to working with our partners to continue to advance this agenda towards the UNFCCC COP in Paris in 2015, and beyond.


Charles Ian McNeill, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Advisor

Environment & Energy Group

United Nations Development Programme

304 East 45th
Street, Room 984

New York, NY  10017

Tel: 212 906-5960, Fax: 212 906-6973



Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:20:04 +0000
Subject: China and the US: how does their climate action compare? – Climate Action Tracker update


Dear readers of Climate-L,

The latest Climate Action Tracker update takes a closer look at mitigation actions of the two biggest emitters – China and the United States of America. The briefing compares sectoral activities and emission intensities and estimates to what level emissions could be reduced by implementing best practice policies.

The Climate Action Tracker finds that by improving action of China and the US to global best practice, these two largest emitters could decrease domestic emissions to a level compatible with 2°C and together close 23% of the 2020 emissions gap. For 2030, this would mean a decrease in emissions below current global policy projections by 10%.

Find below the summary of the briefing. You can also download the full briefing and the press release on our website. For further information, please contact Niklas Höhne (n.hö or Bill Hare ( .

Best regards, on behalf of the Climate Action Tracker Team,

Hanna Fekete

Summary of the briefing:

  • ·         Together, China and the US emit about 35% of today’s greenhouse gas emissions. Current global climate change action is insufficient to limit warming below 2°C. By improving action of China and the US to global best practice, these two largest emitters could decrease domestic emissions to a level compatible with 2°C and together close 23% of the 2020 emissions gap. For 2030, this would mean a decrease in emissions below current global policy projections by 10%.
  • ·         Comparing activity levels and greenhouse gas emissions per unit of output and respective policies of China and the US we find:

o   Electricity production: The average US citizen currently consumes four times more electricity than an average Chinese citizen. Both countries achieved significant reduction in emissions per kWh for produced electricity; both reduced the use of coal, but China started from a higher intensity level. Future policy will continue that trend in China but not in the US. Holding warming below 2°C means rapidly decarbonising the electricity production. Both countries are expected to deploy more coal capacity in the future than is compatible with the 2°C objective. According to the IEA (2013), 80% decarbonisation is needed in the US by 2030, and 60-70% decarbonisation in China.

In a 2°C world, total primary energy coal use/CO2 emissions from coal need to drop rapidly, reaching mid-1990 levels by 2030. Present policies in the US and China, where the US is reducing coal by around 20%, and where China is stabilising coal use by the 2030s, are far from the deep reductions indicated for both countries in coal use by that time.

o   Industry: Industrial activity is still growing significantly in China, while it is stagnating or declining in the US. China has more efficient cement plants, while the US is leading in efficiency of iron & steel plants. China has a generally more rigid policy framework, but is still growing absolute emissions due to expansion.

o   Buildings: Floor space per inhabitant is roughly twice in the USA compared to China. Energy use per square metre of floor area in the residential sector is three times higher in the US than in China. The difference is decreasing as floor space and specific energy consumption is significantly increasing in China. Both employ building codes and appliance standards.

o   Transport: Car ownership is ten times higher in the USA compared to China, but the difference is declining. In addition, China has still lower emissions per car. Both countries implement vehicle emissions standards; those of China are slightly stronger.

  • ·         In each category, if China and the US were to move to the more ambitious policy area of the two, they could achieve additional reductions below current policy projections of 170/3200Mt in China and 220/1100Mt in the USA in 2020/2030. In relative terms these are reductions of 1.2% in 2020 and 20% in 2030 below current policy projections for China and 3.2% and 16% for the US.
    • ·         If China and the USA were to both apply the most ambitious policy level found anywhere in the world (global best practice) in each area, they would both overachieve their 2020 pledges and be on a pathway compatible with the agreed 2°C warming limit. Our explorative scenarios show that under global best practice:

o   Emissions in the US would be in the order of 18% below 2005 in 2020 and 32% in 2030 (excl. LULUCF).

o   Emissions in China could peak below 12 GtCO2e/a in the early 2020s[1] and then drop.

o   Together the countries would reduce emissions in 2020 by 2.8 GtCO2e/a below current policy projections and thus close 23% of the emissions gap.[2] In 2030, the reductions would be of 6.7 GtCO2e/a, or 10% below the Climate Action Tracker global current policy projections.

[1] We only evaluate emissions in 2010, 2020 and 2030. Emission in 2020 are higher than those of 2010 and 2030.

[2] Defined as 12 GtCO2e/a in 2020 (this briefing)


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