Announcement / Statement

UN High Commissioner Identifies Climate Change as Contributing to Crisis in Mali [viewed]

10 December 2012: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres addressed the UN Security Council on the Mali crisis, citing climate change as one of the factors precipitating the situation.

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Montreal Protocol Recognizes UNDP's Contribution to ODS Phase Out [viewed]

10 December 2012: Marco Gonzalez, Executive Secretary of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, presented an award to Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, in recognition of UNDP's “exceptional contribution to the success of the Montreal Protocol.”

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EC Launches Public Consultation on Emissions Trading System [viewed]

7 December 2012: The European Commission has launched an online public consultation, calling for comments from all stakeholders or experts in the field of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The Commission is seeking feedback on structural options and views reflected in the report, titled “The state of the European carbon market in 2012,” which was published in November 2012. The consultation is open until 28 February 2013.

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Kampala Convention on Internally Displaced Persons Enters into Force [viewed]

6 December 2012: The African Union (AU) Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Africa (also known as the Kampala Convention) entered into force on 6 December 2012. The treaty aims to protect those displaced within their own countries through violence, natural disaster and other forces.

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Adaptation Fund Partners with UN Foundation to Accept Private Donations [viewed]

Adaptation Fund30 November 2012: The Adaptation Fund and the UN Foundation have announced a partnership to allow donations from the private sector and individuals for the Adaptation Fund. The partnership was announced at a side event held on the margins of the Doha Climate Change Conference.

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IEA Stresses Inadequacy of Current Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA3 December 2012: International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven has issued a statement to the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in which she stresses the need to rapidly transition to a more secure, sustainable global energy system, cautioning that policies announced to date may lead to climate change of a great enough magnitude to negatively affect the world's energy infrastructure, supply and demand.

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African Group Outlines Issues to be Addressed in Doha [viewed]

30 November 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) released a press release from the African Group to address issues with negotiations at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the 8th session of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP).

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Women Leaders Call for Increasing Women's Participation in the UNFCCC [viewed]

27 November 2012: A joint opinion piece by two women leaders, titled “Say Yes to Women's Participation in the UNFCCC,” highlights women's essential role in the global response to climate change, and champions the tabling of a gender decision at the ongoing climate negotiations in Doha, Qatar.

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PD-Forum Offsets Emissions from Doha Conference, Making it the First "Climate Positive" COP [viewed]

20 November 2012: The Project Developer Forum (PD-Forum), a group representing companies developing international emissions reduction projects, has offered to use Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs), carbon credits registered with the UN's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), to offset the estimated emissions from travel and accommodation from all attendees of the Doha Climate Change Conference.  

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CDM Calls for Input on Draft Methodology for Residential Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2012: The Executive Board of the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched a call for public input on the draft methodology SSC-II.R "Energy Efficiency Space Heating Measures for Residential Buildings."

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