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(Lima, 3 December 2014) - The first developing country mitigation measures report has been submitted by Namibia.

The report, called ‘biennial update report’ (BUR) provides a summary of Namibia’s actions to implement the Convention, including actions taken to mitigate climate change, as well as their effects. It also includes information on greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the report spells out financial, technological and capacity-building needs and support received.

Biennial update reports are an integral step towards the implementation of the framework for developing countries’ measurement, reporting and verification to enhance the transparency of of mitigation actions, their effects and the support received.

Namibia is the first developing country to submit a BUR. Further BURs are expected soon in line with agreed timelines, which is the result of a mandate from the UN Climate Change Conference held in Cancun in 2011.

This is clear testimony to the fact that developing countries are acting to mitigate climate change and are transparently contributing to fully implementing the climate change convention. It is also clear testimony to increasing cooperation among nations.

For the report and more information, please consult www.unfccc.int/8722.php or contact Jigme@unfccc.int

Nick Nuttall, UNFCCC Spokesperson:  +49 228 815 1400 (phone), +49 152 0168 4831 (mobile), nnuttall(at)unfccc.int

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With 196 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. For the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. In Doha in 2012, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol adopted an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes the second commitment period under the Protocol. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

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