Opening of COP22 High-Level Segment; WMO Warns 2016 Will Be Hottest Year on Record
November 17, 2016
The U.N. News Centre (11/15) said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon outlined six key lessons for successful climate action at the opening of the high-level segment of COP22 climate negotiations this week in Marrakech.
Reuters (11/16) said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged countries to treat climate change as an urgent threat and emphasized the dangers of inaction at a speech on Wednesday at COP22. The Department of State (11/16) published Kerry’s full remarks.
The Washington Post (11/9) reported on potential ways the Paris Agreement could be affected now that Donald Trump has been elected as the next U.S. president.
The Indian Express (11/16) said more than 20 countries have signed a framework agreement on the International Solar Alliance (ISA) at COP22, an initiative spearheaded by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at last year’s climate negotiations in Paris. The ISA, which seeks to bring down the costs of solar energy projects, will become a separate international treaty once it is operationalized.
The Guardian (11/14) said 2016 is on track to be the hottest year on record according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization. The article also cited another new report that found carbon emissions have been level for the past three years, mainly due to China burning less coal.
Devex (11/16) analyzed the global landscape for climate change adaptation finance, noting a movement away from grant-based finance and towards loans. The article noted the need for increased private sector investment and for developing countries to use available resources as much as possible.
The UNFCCC Newsroom covered other updates from COP22, including: the submission of long-term climate strategies by the U.S. and Mexico; an announcement from the World Bank to double climate finance for the MENA region; the creation of a new fund hosted by the Global Environment Facility to boost Paris Agreement implementation; and a $23 million pledge from 9 countries for climate technology.
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