Public Comments on CDM Project Methodologies Available [viewed]

26 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the public comments received on the two calls for public inputs relating to methodologies for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.

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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]


UNFCCC Releases Conclusions from April Talks [viewed]

13 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the conclusions adopted at the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 9) and the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 11), which took place from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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Human Rights Council Includes Climate Change in Agenda for 2010 Social Forum [viewed]

25 March 2010: The 13th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which met from 1-26 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, concluded with the adoption of 28 resolutions, including one on the organization of the Social Forum (A/HRC/13/L.16).

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CDM Executive Board Releases Report of 53rd Meeting [viewed]

26 March 2010: The Report of the 53rd Meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which took place from 22-26 March 2010, in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the CDM website.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Calls for Public Inputs [viewed]

26 March 2010: Four calls for public inputs have been launched by the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), as agreed at its 53rd meeting.

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Adaptation Fund Board Holds Ninth Meeting [viewed]

25 March 2010: The Adaptation Fund Board held its ninth meeting from 23-25 March 2010, in Bonn, Germany, during which it decided to start financing concrete climate change adaptation projects and issued a call to parties to submit project proposals.

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Indonesia Receives CTF Funding [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Trust Fund Committee of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), which  met on 15 March 2009, in Manila, the Philippines, endorsed US$400 million in funding for Indonesia's geothermal power sector to meet the Government's goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26% by 2020.

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EU Adopts Report with Non-Binding Sustainability Criteria for Biomass [viewed]

25 February 2010: The European Commission has adopted a report on sustainability criteria for solid and gaseous biomass used in electricity, heating and cooling, which offers non-binding recommendations for sustainability criteria and monitoring methodologies for EU member States that wish to voluntarily adopt national biomass schemes.

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OECD Agricultural Ministers' Communiqué Stresses Links Between Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

26 February 2010: The Agriculture Ministers of member States of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) met in Paris, France, and adopted a Communiqué that, among other issues, emphasizes the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change for the agricultural sector.

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