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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 20:16

Ten years ago, well before the UNFCCC proposed that countries prepare National Adaptation Plans, (NAPs) Bangladesh developed its own Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP) with its own financial and intellectual resources. That led to the creation of the Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund (BCCTF) with annual contributions from the National Exchequer of around US$100 million a year to fund hundreds of projects over the years.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 20:14

ECO is sure that delegates remember the hot fires of dissent that the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) was forged in. At COP19, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Parties agreed that the WIM would enhance understanding, strengthen coordination, and enhance action and support — including finance.  In fact, so hot was the passion of COP19, that terms like ‘enhance’ and ‘mobilise’ were used no less than five times in relation to finance in 2/CP19.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 20:12

There is undoubtedly a great deal of interest in insurance right now – it seems to be the most dynamic discussion area within Loss and Damage. But is this enthusiasm well-founded?  Does insurance:

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 20:10

Last November, ECO left Bonn on a hopeful note: Parties had agreed to #MindtheGAP. The what? Governments adopted the first-ever UNFCCC Gender Action Plan (GAP), another key milestone in the history of slow but steady inclusion of gender equality in the climate negotiations’ arena. 2018 is about bridging the GAP. ECO counts on Parties to seize the multiple opportunities provided at SB48 to share their successes, challenges and lessons learnt in taking gender equality into account in their climate policies and actions.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 20:08

Let’s start at the beginning: Article 6 of the Convention focuses on education, training and public awareness on climate change.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 20:06

ECO is delighted that yesterday’s session on Common Timeframes showed progress. At the first meeting of SB 48, like at COP23 last year, a large number of parties again expressed their support for a 5 year NDC implementation period.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 20:04

The mandate of the two-day Suva Expert Dialogue starting today is “to explore … ways for facilitating the mobilization and securing of expertise, and enhancement of support, including finance, technology and capacity-building, for … loss and damage” However, it seems the gremlins got into the design phase and day one seems designed to distract us from clearly discussing finance. So, ECO has a few pointers on how to connect the structure with the mandate:

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 20:02

While engaging in the Suva Dialogue on a range of approaches to raise support and finance for loss and damage action in developing countries, ECO is sure Parties will already be thinking “What next?”

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, April 30, 2018 - 20:18

Adopting the Enhanced Transparency Framework is quite a task. ECO sees NDC guidelines, including features and accounting; cooperation and transfers of mitigation outcomes; and the transparency framework as all being intricately connected. Just as your headphones get tangled when thrown haphazardly into your backpack, before you can really use them again, it is important to take the time to untangle the wires.

 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, April 30, 2018 - 20:16

While trying to find its way around the new outfit of the UNFCCC website in vain, ECO found some comfort and encouragement to see so many “inputs” uploaded on the Talanoa Dialogue’s website (keep them coming!). ECO thinks this is a great opportunity for building trust and enhancing ambition in NDCs by 2020, and both the number and the content of inputs clearly show Parties’ and Non-Party Stakeholders’ (NPS) commitment to engage in the Dialogue.

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