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By cop19-updates on 11/25/2013 9:13 AM

(Warsaw, 23 November 2013) The UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw ended on Saturday, keeping governments on a track towards a universal climate agreement in 2015 and including significant new decisions that will cut emissions from deforestation and on loss and damage.

“Warsaw has set a pathway for governments to work on a draft text of a new universal climate agreementsoit appears on the table at the next UN Climate change conference in Peru. This is an essential step to reach a final agreement in Paris, in 2015,” said Marcin Korolec, President of the COP19 conference.

By cop19-updates on 11/25/2013 9:05 AM

(Warsaw, 22 November 2013) Governments at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw on Friday agreed a set of decisions on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and the degradation of forests.The agreement on the so-called REDD+ initiative is backed by pledges of 280 million dollars in financing from the US, Norway and the UK.

(Warsaw, 22 November 2013) Governments at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw on Friday agreed a set of decisions on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and the degradation of forests.

The agreement on the so-called REDD+ initiative is backed by pledges of 280 million dollars in financing from the US, Norway and the UK.

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By cop19-updates on 11/25/2013 9:01 AM
WARSAW, POLAND - 21 NOVEMBER, 2013 - At the 19th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP19) this week, the Government of Norway announced a pledge of US$ 40 million to continue support for the UN-REDD Programme. The package of funding will support a range of programmes in 2014 to reduce deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) across 48 UN-REDD partner countries, in collaboration with governments, indigenous peoples and civil society, and with the joint support of FAO, UNDP and UNEP.
By cop19-updates on 11/22/2013 8:52 AM

Warsaw, Poland, 21 November 2013 –A new guide that shows countries how to turn country-wide efficient lighting programmes into key tools to combat climate change has been launched at the international climate negotiations in Warsaw.  

The Guidebook for the Development of a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Strategy on Efficient Lighting, released at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP19) in Warsaw, by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), emphasizes the role of energy efficient lighting and its investment potential for rapidly reducing carbon emissions and delivering economic and environmental benefits through Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).  

By cop19-updates on 11/21/2013 2:49 PM

Warsaw, 21 November 2013 - One year after the 18th Climate Change Conference selected a consortium led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to host a facility to accelerate the development and transfer of climate-related technology and expertise to developing countries, the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is now officially open for business.

The CTCN, the operational arm of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism, aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience to changing weather patterns, drought, soil erosion, and other impacts of climate change in developing nations.

By cop19-updates on 11/21/2013 2:42 PM

Date: Thursday 21 November

Time: 15:00

Location: National Stadium, Press Conference Room 1 (Level -2, Area C)

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition will present the results of the High Level Assembly by Ministers, CEOs and other high-level partners on actions and initiatives to reduce short-lived climate pollutants and their impact on climate, health, agriculture and the environment.

Speakers will include:

·         H.E. Ms. Beata Jaczewska, Under-Secretary of State, Poland

·         Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

·         Rachel Kyte, Vice President, Sustainable Development, The World Bank

·         With the participation of  Ministers from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition

By cop19-updates on 11/21/2013 2:35 PM
(Warsaw, 20 November 2013) – Collective action and scaling up corporate climate solutions were putforward as key opportunities to advance the climate agenda during the high-level meeting of the Caringfor Climate (C4C) Business Forum today in Warsaw. Senior business representatives, UN and Governmentofficials discussed proactive strategies to scale up and deepen the quality of corporate climate leadershipglobally during the conclusion of the inaugural event, which for the first time incorporated the businessvoice as part of the Conference of Parties (COP) programme.
By cop19-updates on 11/21/2013 2:19 PM

Warsaw, 21 November 2013 - Emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O), an often-overlooked yet potent gas, could nearly double by 2050 and thus potentially undermine gains in the ozone layer recovery and exacerbate climate change.

Drawing Down N2O to Protect Climate and the Ozone Layer, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), warns that nitrous oxide is now the most important ozone-depleting emission and the third most potent greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere.

By cop19-updates on 11/21/2013 12:43 PM

This side event, moderated by Bert Metz, European Climate Foundation (ECF), focused on the key findings of the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2013, addressing both its intergovernmental and national perspectives. Metz introduced the report, which is the collective effort of 70 scientists from 17 countries, laid out the structure of the presentations and presented the speakers.

Joseph Alcamo, Chief Scientist, UNEP, reported on key findings of the report, including more than 100 least-cost emission pathways, which have the likely chance of achieving the 2°C target.

By cop19-updates on 11/20/2013 1:32 PM

Warsaw, Poland, 20 November 2013: Globally, more than one trillion dollars a year is invested in energy systems. This excessive dependence on fossil fuel-based energy - 85% of primary energy- is a major contributor to global warming and climate change. Global energy use is expected to grow by 36 per cent by 2035 - with non OEDC countries accounting for almost all of the increase - and based on current trends 15 per cent of the world’s will still access in 2030. Therefore, we cannot afford business as usual.

Market and current trends confirm that a transition has begun. In just eight years since 2005, the number of countries with clean energy target nearly tripled from 48 to 138, half of which are set by developing countries. Yet, myths and misunderstanding still abound.

To dispel these myths, and provide facts, UNEP launched two new publications today.

By cop19-updates on 11/20/2013 8:37 AM

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner welcomed participants. COP 19 President Marcin Korolec highlighted the UN system as a catalyst in mobilizing sustainable development, outlining linkages between the post-2015 development agenda process and negotiations under the ADP. He highlighted the work to be done in the next week towards an ambitious global agreement that addresses the defining issue of our era and ensures it does not undercut sustainable development.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said this has to be the development banks and the UN’s obsession, stressing the world is running out of time. She called for moving to a meaningful and technical draft agreement, calling for “just doing it.”

Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP, discussed national actions and how to scale-up programmes. She highlighted that countries look to the UN to act in an integrated way, saying that if integrated approaches are being asked of countries, the UN should be asking no less of itself.

By cop19-updates on 11/19/2013 3:51 PM

Images from the high-level COP19 side event with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Chair of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), H.E. Mr. Marcin Korolec, President of COP19, Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC. Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Ms. Helen Clark Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ms. Rachel Kyte Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank Mr. Michel Jarraud Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Mr. Harry Verhaar Head of Global Public and Government Affairs, Philips Lighting, and H.E. Rene Castro Salazar Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica. 

By cop19-updates on 11/19/2013 1:17 PM

Warsaw, 19 November 2013 - Africa faces huge financial challenges in adapting to climate change, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that spells out the costs faced by the continent if governments fail to close the "emissions gap" to keep warming below 2°C.

Adaptation costs for Africa could reach approximately USD $ 350 billion annually by 2070 should the two-degree target be significantly exceeded, while the cost would be around USD $150 billion lower per year if the target was to be met.

By cop19-updates on 11/19/2013 10:39 AM
Warsaw, 19 November 2013 - The United Nations Global Compact, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat and UN Environment Programme today launched the inaugural Caring for Climate Business Forum where, for the first time, the private sector will join with the public sector in the co-creation of climate change solutions as an official part of the Conference of Parties. CEOs will showcase to diplomats, policymakers and world leaders the contributions that business and investors are making towards climate action.
By cop19-updates on 11/18/2013 3:26 PM
Your Excellency, Mr. Deputy Prime Minister,

Honourable Member of the European Parliament,

Distinguished Chair of the World Coal Association,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I appreciate the opportunity to address the International Coal and Climate Summit in a frank and honest exchange on the transition to a low-emission economy. Let me be clear from the outset that my joining you today is neither a tacit approval of coal use, nor a call for the immediate disappearance of coal. But I am here to say that coal must change rapidly and dramatically for everyone's sake.

By cop19-updates on 11/18/2013 9:45 AM
The side event “Combating climate change through education and training” was moderated by Adriana Valenzuela Jiménez, UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness. Opening remarks were made by Ahmed Alhendawi, UN Envoy on Youth emphasized the need to have an education system that aims to change the lifestyles of people, and said informal education and training is often the best tool to accomplish this.
By cop19-updates on 11/15/2013 1:34 PM
Read about highlights from the sixth annual Young and Future Generations Day at COP 19 including the launch of the Chinese language version of Youth in Action on Climate Change: Inspirations from Around the World, a side event on Youth Working with Children to Build a Sustainable Future for All, featuring eloquent youth panelist Simona Zeroska, TUNZA Youth Advisor, meetings with the Secretary General's Youth Envoy and much more.
By cop19-updates on 11/14/2013 7:32 PM
Looking for inspiration when tackling climate change? Take a look at what Cities do….

Cities and towns of diverse sizes and economic standings are registering more climate commitments, actions and performance – and are generally more ambitious than their national governments.

In its November 2013 report, the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) announced that 414 cities registered over 4,000 climate actions which are either completed or in progress until 2020. 63% of the reduction commitments are above 1% per year, exceeding the value of even the most ambitious national governments under the Kyoto Protocol.
By cop19-updates on 11/14/2013 1:40 PM
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Chair of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), invites you to a high-level event on The UN system as a catalyst for climate action:Promoting sustainable low-carbon development.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013, from 13:15 to 14:45 Room Cracow (Level 2, Zone B2), National Stadium, Warsaw
By cop19-updates on 11/14/2013 1:35 PM
(New York, 14 November 2013) – For the first time ever, companies have a guide to manage and report on their direct and indirect influences on climate policy. The UN Global Compact, in cooperation with seven leading international organizations, today released guidelines to help companies engage in climate policy in a transparent and accountable way that is consistent with their sustainability commitments.

The Guide to Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy sets baseline expectations for companies to provide proactive, constructive input for Governments to create effective climate policies. It helps companies to connect the dots between sustainability commitments, such as emissions reductions across their value chains and efficiency improvements, with their corporate policy positions.
By cop19-updates on 11/14/2013 10:39 AM
TORONTO – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is pleased to announce that it will be screening the fourth edition of the Youth Climate Report film series COP19 in Warsaw, November 11 to 22, 2013.

The film series that presents new climate research through youth reporters world wide first premiered at COP17 in Durban, Africa. The project is a partnership between UNEP and Canada’s Neko Harbour Entertainment, Inc. 
By cop19-updates on 11/13/2013 3:22 PM
Geneva, 13 November 2013 - The year 2013 is currently on course to be among the top ten warmest years since modern records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The first nine months, January to September, tied with 2003 as the seventh warmest such period on record, with a global land and ocean surface temperature of about 0.48°C (0.86°F) above the 1961-1990 average.
By cop19-updates on 11/13/2013 9:28 AM
Study finds that more stringent standards worldwide could dramatically reduce premature mortality while cutting short-lived climate pollutant emissions as much as 80 percent.
By cop19-updates on 11/11/2013 8:33 PM

(Warsaw, 11 November 2013) –The UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw began today with calls for governments to harness the strong groundswell of action on climate change across all levels of government, business and society and make real progress here towards a successful, global climate change agreement in 2015.

By cop19-updates on 11/11/2013 1:25 PM
Nineteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) and the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9) Warsaw, 11 November 2013. Opening address by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
By cop19-updates on 11/7/2013 1:44 PM
During COP19 in Warsaw, major companies to showcase contributions and commitments towards climate action, 19 and 20 November
By cop19-updates on 11/7/2013 1:39 PM
Global sustainability leaders set to convene at the 4th annual Sustainable Innovation Forum.
By cop19-updates on 11/7/2013 12:12 PM
Raising Ambition is Key to Keeping Global Temperature Rise below 2° C.

By cop19-updates on 11/7/2013 12:06 PM
Now in its fourth successful year, tvebiomovies 2013 invited aspiring and established film-makers to submit film proposals in five languages - Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish, and English

By cop19-updates on 11/1/2013 4:13 PM

The 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will take place from 11 to 22 November. The conference will be held at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland.

Further information can be found on the host country website.