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2050 carbon neutrality goal would send ‘strong signal’ – Merkel

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Thursday, December 12, 2019 said if EU leaders manage to agree on achieving net carbon neutrality by 2050, it would send a “strong signal” to the world. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor “That would be a strong signal that Europe really is the continent that is then climate neutral,’’ Merkel says ahead of talks with her ...

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COP25: Why Africa is negotiating finance for loss and damage


It’s difficult for Africa to engage in the climate negotiations without emotions, says Ambassador Tosi Mpanu Mpanu, a top African climate negotiator. African negotiators at COP25 As a continent that contributed least to climate change, Africa remains most vulnerable to the impacts – experiencing increasing extreme weather events such as cyclones, droughts, floods and desertification. Historically, Africa is the continent ...

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EU climate plan unveiled, kicking off ‘journey’ to zero carbon goal

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Commission unveiled its flagship environmental programme on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 designed to take the EU to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen made the “European green deal” a central part of her campaign to secure the EU executive presidency, promising climate-friendly transformation of agriculture, ...

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COP25: US, Global North hatchet job on climate negotiations

Donald Trump

The 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered its second week with the fog over the Paris Agreement deepening. With coal miners gathered around him, President Donald Trump of the US signed an Executive Order rolling back a temporary ban on mining coal and a stream protection ...

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Germany unveils €20m support for poor nations to accelerate climate ambition

Svenja Schulze

The Government of Germany announced in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 a €20 million trust fund for a joint collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) that will support developing countries in building more effective agriculture and land-use plans to accelerate the ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions ...

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COP25: Concern over referencing of Paragraph 51 on loss and damage

Feria de Madrid

As the negotiations at the UN climate change conference (COP25) gradually progresses, ACT Alliance continues to focus on the needs of the most vulnerable developing countries who are already facing losses and damages from the effects of climate change. Discussions on the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM), a mechanism created to help countries avert, address and minimise losses and damages from climate ...

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Nigeria to launch registry to issue transfer mitigation outcomes

Dr Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar

Nigeria is planning to key into a technology that will enable her launch own International Transfer Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs) Registry and become one of the first countries in the world ready to sell ITMOs internationally. Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar On Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar, met with the CEO of Global ...

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South Africa calls for robust multilateral response to climate change

Barbara Creecy

South Africa on Monday, December 9, 2019 called for a robust multilateral response to climate change in a way that would assist African and other developing countries to adapt to the associated loss and damage. Barbara Creecy The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, said this before leaving for Madrid, Spain to attend the ongoing Climate Change Conference ...

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COP25: Nigeria’s minister craves more attention to climate change, finance

Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar

Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar, has called on nations across the globe to give the climate change phenomenon the attention it deserves, stressing that it is a threat to world peace and development. Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Mohammad Abubakar Speaking on Monday, December 9, 2019 during a side-event organised by the Islamic Development Bank on ...

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‘Slow moving’ COP25 must deliver results – Delegates

COP25 Opening

After the first week of activities, delegates to the ongoing UN climate summit (COP25) in Madrid, Spain are taking stock on the negotiations. L-R: Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Hoesung Lee; Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez; Chile’s Environment Minister and President of the COP, Carolina Schmidt; United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres; and UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Patricia ...

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