Behind Closed Doors: Adaptation Fund Negotiations

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The last session of the informal consultations on the second review of the Adaptation Fund was scheduled for today, but the parties took longer than planned in their previous negotiations, so the final meeting was pushed back until tomorrow. Today’s meeting instead became a continuation of earlier negotiations, and as it was announced at the…
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Least Developed Country Fund: Meeting the Threshold Criteria of “Least Developed Country”

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The Parties here in Lima have been discussing the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), which provides funding only to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Due in part to its specificity, these sessions have not garnered as much publicity as many of the others. Of course the ADP sessions, as they are the prep work for…
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“2 steps ahead”: Malawi Moving the Parties Forward on Gender in Climate Change

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Today in the informal consultations on gender and climate change, Malawi, on behalf of the LDCs (Least Developed Counties negotiating group), presented a conference room paper as a draft of a decision to establish a 2-year work programme for gender under the UNFCCC. This paper was seen for the first time by most parties in…
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Framing Loss and Damage? Formal Party Session vs. NGO Side Event

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  Today COP20 held its first meeting to discuss the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (LDM), which the Parties agreed to under decision 2/CP.19. This nascent Mechanism still has many unresolved issues. In Warsaw the Parties decided that in 2 years’ time they would review progress of the…
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Carbon Capture Use and Storage: Still Deep in Controversy

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At the ADP’s Technical Expert Meeting: Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCS), a panel of State Party and industry representatives discussed CCS challenges and opportunities, focusing on financing and technology. CCS is the process for separating and then capturing CO2 from industrial and energy-related sources, then injecting it deeply into porous rock reservoirs. Though growing,…
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Over 400,000 Come Together in NYC for People’s Climate March

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Yesterday over 400 thousand people marched through the streets of New York City yelling, singing, drumming, and clamoring for climate change justice. The march made the front page of the New York Times as the largest single environmental gathering in history, but across the world yesterday cities came together: 30,000 in Melbourne, almost 5,000 in…
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