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Notes from Lima, part 2

8 December—The limelight shifted today to higher-level officials. Conference President and Peruvian Minister of the Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal opened the session saying that the signals were good for the Conference to conclude with a suite of decisions that might be called the “Lima Experience.”

Secretary-General Ban […]

11 December 2014|

Air of optimism that Lima will make history

Lima—With the announcement of new pledges to the Green Climate Fund, bringing the total to more than $10 billion, negotiators at the Lima Climate Conference said Wednesday they were optimistic that a successful outcome would be achieved, despite the slow pace of progress in the […]

10 December 2014|

Green Climate Fund exceeds initial capitalization target of $10 billion

Lima, Peru – The Green Climate Fund’s initial capitalization target of $10 billion has been exceeded.

Governments of Australia and Belgium on Tuesday joined other nations in pledging to the Green Climate Fund, committing AU$ 200 million (Australia) and EUR 51.7 million (Belgium) to the Fund, […]

10 December 2014|

Women must be partners and drivers of climate change decision-making

This post originally appeared on the LinkedIn account belonging to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women:

As leaders from around the world gather in Lima, Peru this week to discuss global cooperation in addressing climate change, a woman in Guatemala will […]

9 December 2014|

Report: Mangroves’ economic potential untapped

Lima, December 9, 2014 –– The economic and social benefits of mangroves – which are estimated to run into the hundreds of billions worldwide – remain largely untapped due to a lack of carbon finance mechanisms, appropriate policy interventions, and rapid mangrove deforestation, according to […]

9 December 2014|

Major Companies to Help Set the Stage for Ambitious Climate Agreement in 2015

Building on UN Climate Summit, 2nd Annual Caring for Climate Business Forum to share solutions, commitments and plans on key corporate climate issues from carbon pricing to responsible lobbying

(Lima, 8 December 2014) – On the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference the Caring for […]

9 December 2014|

Transforming the Economy to Achieve Zero Net Emissions

A year from now, climate negotiators representing countries worldwide will be in Paris finalizing an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and begin slowing the impacts of climate change. Their success will depend heavily on how leaders over the next year shape their economic […]

9 December 2014|

Action on climate change set to be a key driver of Post-2015 Agenda

Efforts to tackle climate change and its impacts represent an important component of the Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Agenda, an advance copy of which was presented Thursday to the General Assembly.

“We are now poised to take a major step toward ushering […]

5 December 2014|

UNEP report: developing countries’ adaptation costs likely to far surpass previous estimates

Lima, Peru, 5 December 2014
Even if global greenhouse gas emissions are cut to the level required to keep global temperature rise below 2°C this century, the cost of adapting to climate change in developing countries is likely to reach two to three times the previous […]

5 December 2014|

Notes from Lima

Youths take the stage—The first three days of the Summit saw remarkably few outward signs of protest. Perhaps it was that everyone was getting their footing in a very changed climate-negotiation landscape. But that all changed on Friday, when youths provided the first demonstrations. Standing […]

5 December 2014|