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By cop19-updates on 11/25/2013 9:55 AM

Presented by the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness, this side event on addressing climate change through education and training, a joint panel represented by fourteen different organizations, highlighted the importance of education and training, and the key role young people are playing in advancing knowledge on mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Speakers were united in calling for collaboration among the different organizations to urge societies toward adopting sustainable lifestyles, and stressed the need to empower, support, raise awareness and enable the youth to become active agents of change. All agreed that education system changes should become a UN focus in bringing about the type of change needed globally.

IISD Video: Warsaw Climate Conference Side Events: Combatting Climate Change Through Education and Training from IISD Reporting Services on Vimeo.

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.