UNCCD and UNDP Discuss Support for Aligning National Action Plans with UNCCD Strategy [viewed]

16 April 2010: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and representatives of the Drylands Development Center of the UN Development Programme (UNDP-DDC) have agreed on a two-year collaborative approach to support the Convention's stakeholders to align their national action plans with the UNCCD 10-year strategy adopted in 2008.

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JISC 21 Report Published [viewed]

16 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the 21st meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 21), which was held from 13-14 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

At the meeting, the JISC considered issues relating to the operation of JI, including: collaboration of JISC with others; consideration of the means to enhance outreach activities to improve the overall understanding of JI; consideration of experiences with the JI verification procedure under the JISC, with a view to making improvements for the future operation of JI; and matters relating determination and verification reports.

With regard to the accreditation of independent entities, the JISC considered the second draft JI accreditation standard recommended by the JI Accreditation Panel (JI-AP), which took into account the inputs received from the call for public inputs on the first draft. The JISC adopted the draft as recommended by the JI-AP, effective 15 April 2010, and a grace period of three months for compliance. In this context, it also adopted the JI-AP's recommendation regarding the verification of compliance by independent entities with the JI accreditation standard after the grace period. In addition, the JISC considered the draft JI accreditation procedure, and adopted it as recommended by the JI-AP, effective 15 April 2010. The JISC also considered an information note recommended by the JI-AP and presented by the Secretariat, containing an analysis of the current situation and options for changes of the procedures on witnessing activities in the JI accreditation process. It agreed with the JI-AP's recommendation to maintain one successful witnessing activity before granting accreditation and replace ex-post witnessing activities with performance assessments after accreditation.

On areas for further guidance to be considered by the JISC regarding materiality and revisions of JI documents during project implementation, the JISC took note of the results of, and summary of findings from, the public call for inputs on these two areas conducted by the Secretariat at the JISC's request. It agreed that five JISC members would prepare a first draft text regarding materiality, and that six members would prepare a first draft text regarding changes during project implementation from a determined project design and/or monitoring plan, both drafts to be considered at its next meeting. [JISC 21 Report]

Event: First High-Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) [viewed]

This high-level portion of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) meeting will bring together Commissioners of the European and African Unions, ministers responsible for energy issues, and others, to reinforce and promote energy cooperation and interconnectedness of Africa and Europe. A roadmap is expected to be endorsed at the meeting, which will outline implementation of future AEEP action and concrete political goals.  

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Event: JISC 22 [viewed]

The 22nd meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 22) will take place in Bonn, Germany.


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Event: FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

This Regional Conference is held every two years and provides a regional forum to evaluate activities of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and formulate recommendations for the coming biannual period. The Conference also analyzes the main challenges that both FAO and governments face, and represents an opportunity to establish a high level dialogue on rural development, fisheries, forestry, and food security and agriculture. Climate change and its impact on agricultural, forestry and fisheries production in Latin America and the Caribbean is a key item on the agenda.  

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ICAO President Addresses High Level Conference on Safety and Environment [viewed]

7 April 2010: Roberto Kobeh González, President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), addressed the first High Level Conference on Safety and Environment, held in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

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Event: Seminar on Climate Change and the Carbon Market for Angolan Officers [viewed]

This UNCTAD TrainForTrade workshop for officers in the Angolan Government will provide an overview on climate change issues. The objective is to transmit relevant knowledge for the implementation of the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, thereby strengthening capacity to capture and develop Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects at national and international levels. Contact:  

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Event: Second Africa Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the African Union Commission, the Government of Kenya and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), in collaboration with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank. This conference will be held parallel to the First Conference of Ministers responsible for meteorology in Africa, organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in conjunction with the African Union Commission.

The conference on disaster risk reduction and its technical segment will aim to: discuss and adopt the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015); define a regional mechanism and the resources to coordinate, support and monitor the implementation of the Africa Strategy and Programme of Action for disaster risk reduction (2006-2010); and link the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 15 to the extended Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015).  

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Event: Petersberg Climate Dialogue [viewed]

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel will open this informal meeting, which she announced during the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Around 45 countries are expected to participate in the Dialogue.  

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Event: First Meeting of the Parties to the 2003 Kiev Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers [viewed]

The Protocol is the first legally binding international instrument on pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs), which help to identify the biggest sources of pollution, including those emitting greenhouse gases (GHGs). The Protocol is expected to contribute to climate change mitigation efforts in the region of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).


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