Some of the biggest players in the oil and gas industry have launched an initiative to reduce methane emissions from natural gas, a major contributor to climate change. ExxonMobil, BP, Eni, Repsol, Shell, Statoil, Total and Wintershall have committed to both reduce methane and to improve the monitoring of methane emissions to measure progress and increase transparency.
Climate Without Borders Launched in Brussels
An international group of weather presenters on Tuesday officially launched the organization Climate Without Borders in Brussels, designed to connect, equip and empower other weather presenters around the world to accurately report and inform audiences about climate science and climate action.
The new group is supported by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Meteorological Organization and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. More
The announcement by the President of the United States in June 2017 that the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement has sparked a lot of interest in how a Party* can withdraw, should they decide to do so. Here we try to explain the basic process.
A Party to the Paris Agreement is free to withdraw and the Agreement sets out the following steps and timelines for this:
– Article 28 of the Agreement states that: 1) “At any time after three years from the date on which this Agreement has entered into force for a Party, that Party may withdraw from this Agreement by giving written notification to the Depositary”.
– It also states that: 2) “Any such withdrawal shall take effect upon expiry of one year from the date of receipt by the Depositary of the notification of withdrawal, or on such later date as may be specified in the notification of withdrawal.”
– The earliest date that a Party may withdraw by giving written notification is any time from 4 November 2019 – this is the case for those who were already in when the Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016.
The UN Climate Change Secretariat has published an update to its synthesis report on the collective impact of national climate action plans (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs), submitted by governments as contributions to global climate action under the Paris Agreement. Continue reading
Universal Children’s Day 2015 is an opportunity to reflect on a year of huge significance for children in the Pacific. September saw the launch of a new global development agenda which sets out a road map based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals to take us to 2030. There may be 17 goals to work towards but they all have the same aim – ensuring a better future for today’s children and generations to come. For the first time, Goal 13 also puts climate action firmly in its sights, global recognition of the very real threats posed by climate change. Continue reading
We would like to let you know that Janos Pasztor, Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, will hold a press briefing on the upcoming Paris Climate Change Conference tomorrow, Friday. 20 November at 11 a.m. New York time. The briefing can be watched live via UN Webcast at http://webtv.un.org/ It it will also be posted on the climate change webportal: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/cop21 Continue reading
With the “deadline” for concluding a universal climate agreement just four weeks away, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that despite months of talks and critical pledges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, key issues still remain in play – on equity and differentiation, on finance and ambition – requiring world leaders to give clear guidance to their negotiators to seek compromise and reach a fair, universal deal at the upcoming UN climate conference in Paris. Continue reading
Press and media accreditation is now open for the following UNFCCC meetings:
- Bonn Climate Change Conference – August/September 2015 (ADP 2.10) – no deadline
- Bonn Climate Change Conference – October 2015 (ADP 2.11) – no deadline
- Paris Climate Change Conference – November/December 2015 (COP 21/CMP 11) – deadline: Friday, 20 November 2015