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Celebrating One Year of the Peru Carbon Footprint Platform

In recognition of the leadership and commitment of the organizations in Peru that have joined the country's climate action, the Government of Peru has planned a "1st Anniversary of the Peru Carbon Footprint" event for January 14, 2021. The event is organized by the Ministry of the Environment with the support of the NDC Support Programme. To date, there are more than 300 organizations registered on this platform, created by the Peruvian Government, with the aim of recognizing the efforts of public and private actors in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with a view to achieving the national goal. towards carbon neutral development by 2050. The event will be held in Spanish. 

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Peru - Catching fog to harvest water 

Peru is currently piloting an ecosystems-based adaptation project in the hills surrounding Lima to improve water security for Lima. This also involves ‘fog catchers’ to harvest water. The GEF pilot project informs Peru’s NDC water implementation strategy, which is supported by the NDC Support Programme.

 

Five reasons to be optimistic about climate action

The Paris Agreement helped us to chart a way forward, based on science, real life stories and on-the-ground experience, integrating the diverse voices of people from all over the world. It remains the keystone for global climate action. Of course, adopting the agreement was only the start. And five years later, the onus is upon all of us to realize its vision. The challenges are immense, magnified further by the devastating impacts of COVID-19. More than ever, the international community must work together. This blog reveals why, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, there are five key reasons to be optimistic.

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Climate smart water management is fundamental for sustainable development

Most countries are well aware of the risks and the importance of building adaptive capacity; among the 137 countries that included adaptation in their NDCs, water was the most prioritized area for adaptation action. But one aspect that has often been overlooked, is the role of water to support countries’ proposed emission reduction measures. Actions on nature-based solutions, water efficiency and wastewater treatment can boost carbon sequestration and replenish water resources. Conversely, some climate actions such as renewables through biofuels may negatively impact water resources.

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Life on Land, Life below Water

Recognizing climate risks has led Guatemala to emphasize climate adaptation, including marine coastal zones, in its National Development Plan, National Climate Change Action Plan, and its NDC. However, Guatemala's National Climate Change Information System (SNICC), a digital data platform, did not cover coastal marine zones. UNDP and the Rainforest Alliance have been working with the Guatemalan government over the past year to develop its first fully-fledged monitoring, evaluation, and reporting (MER) system for this area. The system will be central to promoting and tracking improvements in the management of marine coastal zones through the inclusion of climate change adaptation in municipal development, land use, and protected-area planning.

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20 Insights on NDCs in 2020

It was a landmark agreement in which parties agreed to keep global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – and to pursue efforts to limit the rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius – while also increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change and ensuring that finance flows to those that need it most.

With countries having different circumstances, resources and abilities, it was collectively decided that each determine their own climate pledges, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs ). Every five years, countries are expected to revise them, raising ambition towards realizing the universal agreement.

Fast forward and UNDP’s Climate Promise has been working with 115 countries to enhance their NDCs in 2020.
Throughout 2020, a number of positive trends have emerged. Growing momentum towards net-zero emissions. Increasing emphasis on adaptation. More women and youth at the table. Here we highlight the top 20 insights on NDCs in 2020.

The stakes are high. But we have reasons for optimism. Read the report to find out why.

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UN launches e-learning tool for people to learn about climate policy

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched Mission 1.5 In Action, an e-learning tool for citizens to learn what governments can do to address climate change.Hosted at mission1point5learn.org, the website provides easy-to-understand explanations for 54 of the most important policies governments can enact to address global warming. These cover five different sectors - transportation, energy, farms & food, the green economy and nature. A sixth section focuses on how to protect people from extreme weather events.

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Launching UNDP’s NDC Revision Quality Assurance Checklist

As part of the Climate Promise, UNDP is producing a number of tools and resources to support countries in revising their NDCs. Among these, we have developed a Quality Assurance Checklist for Revising NDCs to support governments, UNDP country offices, and other stakeholders in reflecting on the NDC revision process and assessing opportunities for enhancement.

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Quality Assurance Checklist for Revising NDCs

The quality assurance checklist is designed to support governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to reflect on the revision processes and outcomes of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The guiding questions are derived from the Paris Agreement, the IPCC Special Report on Warming of 1.5C, and the WRI-UNDP Guidance on the NDC revision process, as well as UNDP’s experience supporting countries on NDC design, revision and implementation.

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Advancing the Paris Agreement through Cooperative Approaches - Case Study

The quality assurance checklist is designed to support governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to reflect on the revision processes and outcomes of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The guiding questions are derived from the Paris Agreement, the IPCC Special Report on Warming of 1.5C, and the WRI-UNDP Guidance on the NDC revision process, as well as UNDP’s experience supporting countries on NDC design, revision and implementation.

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News and ideas

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The Climate Business Index, which is a joint initiative by UNDP and the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) encouraging companies to take climate actions, has recently co-organized the regional webinar on ”Building Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future through Green Bonds” under its climate finance training with Asian Development Bank and Climate Bonds Initiative.

Posted on December 16, 2020

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The challenges are immense, magnified further by the devastating impacts of COVID-19. More than ever, the international community must work together. There are encouraging signs, from the world’s largest economies to Small Islands Developing States and Least Developed Countries, that remind us of our potential if we accept responsibility and embrace solutions.

Posted on December 11, 2020

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Nature-based solutions such as ecological infrastructure can help boost carbon sequestration and replenish water resources

Posted on December 8, 2020

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Monitoring climate adaptation in Guatemala’s marine coastal zones – for the benefit of people and planet

Posted on December 4, 2020

 

Resources

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In this report, the Republic of Vanuatu presents its enhanced NDCs for the period 2020-2030 and calls on all Parties to increase their ambitions in line with the best available and most recent science…

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This analysis of circular economy opportunities for Vanuatu seeks to help reduce the waste flow of imported materials, while also examining how to improve the resource efficiency of all material use,…

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Guatemala's strategy to incorporate gender considerations in its NDC.

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Since May 2019, UNDP, with the collaboration of the Viet Nam Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), has introduced the Climate Business Index – a national disclosure and assessment system for the…

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This report estimates the private sector investment potential for delivering NDC sectoral targets for the water sector in coastal areas in Tunisia through assessments of the NDC targets, the enabling…

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The document outlines the design and development of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting System (MER) for Marine-Coastal Zones for the Climate Change Adaptation Component of the National Climate…