Oslo Meeting Reaches Agreement on Financing and Quick-Start Measures for REDD [viewed]

27 May 2010: Representatives of 50 countries met in Oslo, Norway, on 27 May 2010, to conclude an agreement on financing and a framework to rapidly operationalize measures for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Countries also pledged almost US$4 billion to quick-start implementation between 2010-2012.

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CBD SBSTTA 14 Adopts Climate-Related Recommendations [viewed]

21 May 2010: The 14th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened from 10-21 May 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya. SBSTTA 14 adopted 18 recommendations to be considered by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD. Climate-related issues are addressed in the recommendations on: mountain biodiversity; inland waters; marine and coastal biodiversity, including ocean fertilization; protected areas; biodiversity and climate change; biofuels and biodiversity; and forest biodiversity.

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Report of 25th Meeting of CDM Small-Scale Working Group Released [viewed]

7 May 2010: The report and annexes of the 25th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Small Scale Working Group (SSC WG), which was held from 26-29 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany, are now available on the CDM website. At the meeting, the SSC WG considered issues relating to baseline and monitoring methodologies for small-scale CDM project activities.

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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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