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Chile offers GHG certification through Carbon Footprint Platform, ‘HuellaChile’

The Chilean government announced in mid-September that it will issue official recognition for all public and private institutions who registered on its new Carbon Footprint Platform, HuellaChile, and who have independently reported and verified their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by October 28th. Launched in 2015, HuellaChile aims at scaling up voluntary emission reporting by businesses, industries, public institutions and municipalities. The United ...

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UN report highlights climate action impact in advancing SDGs


The United Nations Develoment Programme (UNDP) on Thursday at the ongoing UN climate change talks (COP22) formally launched the 2nd edition of its flagship report on climate change, this time focusing on the impact of development gains. Specifically, the report, titled: “UNDP: Scaling up Climate Action to Achieve the SDGs”, looks at how local efforts to mitigate and adapt to ...

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COP22 delegates explore mitigation measures’ impact, trade linkages

Cargo ships entering one of the busiest ports in the world, Sing

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in cooperation with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Trade Centre (ITC), World Trade Organisation (WTO) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) held a joint side event panel discussion at COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco on Saturday 12 November on the topic: “Implementing the Paris Agreement: UN agencies’ dialogue on impacts of mitigation measures ...

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Climate change puts Moroccan sugar industry in dire straits

A sugar production plant

For a country that was an exporter of sugar as far back as the 16th century, Morocco should by now be among the world’s leading producers and exporters of the produce. But there are no traces of that early achievement as the Moroccan sugar industry is said to be totally in shambles, no thanks to unsavoury weather conditions brought about by ...

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European Bank commits to support climate-related investment

Jonathan Taylor

The European Investment Bank (EIB), believed to be the world’s largest global lender for climate related investment, on Friday in Marrakech, Morocco confirmed its commitment to support climate action and increase the impact of climate related investment in Europe and Africa. “The European Investment Bank welcomes the ratification of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement less than a year after COP 21, ...

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NDC Partnership to help nations actualise Paris Agreement


Now that the ground-breaking Paris Agreement on climate change has entered into force, how do countries make good on their national commitments to tackle this global threat? Implementing these national plans –  known as Nationally Determined Contributions, or NDCs – will require countries to develop innovative policies, legislative and institutional frameworks, assess what resources they need and what financial sources they ...

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African CSOs demand ambitious action in Marrakech


African civil society organisations (CSOs) at the ongoing climate change negotiations have warned that if Parties do not urgently raise their pre-2020 ambitions in Marrakech, the impact of low ambition and business-as-usual scenario could trigger even greater climate crisis in Africa. “The outcome from Marrakech should be ambitious enough to protect the rights of poor and vulnerable in the continent ...

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Africa urged to avoid being caught in ‘capacity building syndrome’


Africa should avoid the “Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) trap” by perpetually pushing capacity building and miss out on serious climate funding opportunities, Balgis Osman Elasha of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has said. Dr. Osman Elasha, who is the Principal Climate Change officer at the bank’s Quality Assurance and Results Department, says “Africa could not benefit from the CDM because ...

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USAID paper analyses INDCs of Nigeria, 36 others


Leading up to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris in December 2015, countries submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), outlining the post-2020 climate actions that each country intends to take. INDCs, which describe long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction pledges by each country, form the building blocks of the Paris Agreement. As countries formally join the ...

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Marrakech: ACT Alliance demands ‘action COP’


The historic speed with which countries approved the Paris Agreement must continue into equally speedy action at the UN climate talks that commenced on Monday in Morocco, international faith-based humanitarian and development network ACT Alliance has said. ACT Alliance is a network of 143 church and church related organisations working together in over 100 countries to achieve sustainable change in the lives ...

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