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UNFCCC boss, Christiana Figueres, bows out

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, will serve out her term that ends in July. She has chosen not to seek an extension of her appointment. In a correspondent on Friday to non-party stakeholders, Ms. Figueres wrote: “I write to confirm that I will serve out my term as the Executive Secretary of ...

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Shipowners’ role in Paris Agreement, by Ban Ki-moon

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Secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, has told the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) it has an important role to play in translating landmark agreements such as the Paris climate agreement into tangible improvements in people’s lives. The UN secretary-general on Wednesday met with the newly appointed IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim, as well as other IMO secretariat staff, at the ...

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Paris Agreement and implications for Congo Basin forest communities

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Yaounde, Cameroon-based agro-socio-economist, Samuel Nnah Ndobe, attempts a brief assessment of the Paris Agreement and its implications for Congo Basin communities The negotiators who came to Paris from all corners of the earth for the climate change talks in December 2015 have long since dispersed. The colourful throngs of protestors are a distant memory. The world’s media have moved on ...

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How nations can build confidence in Paris Agreement, by study

Alina Averchenkova

Countries, including members of the G20, should strengthen the credibility of their pledges to limit or reduce annual emissions of greenhouse gases in order to build confidence in the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a new report published on Monday (February 1, 2016) by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre ...

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Pasztor: Paris Agreement a ‘decisive turning point’

Janos Pasztor

Less than two months after 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement, the global community is already seeing signs of it being a decisive turning point, according to a senior UN official dealing with climate issues. A month and a half since 196 parties to the UNFCCC adopted the Paris Agreement, the global ...

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Kinley: After the Paris elation, what next?

Richard Kinley

With the euphoria of Paris slowly fading, and the daunting reality of what remains to be done settling in, Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary, in a recent presentation takes stock of what happened and where the world now needs to go Paris 2015 was the most successful climate change conference ever because: The largest number of participants ever (28,000 ...

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Paris Agreement represents $12.1 trillion investment opportunity, says report

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Keeping the world below the 2 degrees Celsius pathway presents a US$12.1 trillion investment opportunity over the next 25 years – in the light of the newly agreed Paris Agreement, a new analysis states. The report Mapping the Gap: The Road From Paris, presented last week by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) at the 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk hosted by Ceres, ...

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Nations to submit NDCs after Paris Agreement ratification

Parties to the Paris Agreement (or nations that end up signing the agreement) are expected to communicate their first nationally determined contribution (NDC) no later than when the respective instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession has been submitted. A feature of the Paris Agreement entails a change in status of the intended national climate action plans which almost all ...

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Ban Ki-moon formally invites world leaders to sign Paris Agreement


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially invited all world leaders to a signing ceremony on 22 April for the historic climate agreement that was reached in Paris in December last year. The signing event will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on the first day the agreement will be open for signature, which coincides with the observance ...

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Post-COP21: How Paris Agreement can take effect

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The Paris Agreement was adopted in December, but further steps are needed in 2016 to bring it into effect. The first date to look for is April 22, 2016, when heads of state have been invited to a signing ceremony at the UN. The World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Eliza Northrop and Katherine Ross detail the timeline and process The world rightly celebrated when 195 countries signed onto ...

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