Intergovernmental Organization

IWC Discusses Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling, Environmental and Health Matters [viewed]

6 July 2012: The 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups took place in Panama City, Panama, from 11 June - 6 July 2012. The Commission addressed administrative and substantive matters, including aboriginal subsistence whaling, animal welfare, and climate change and cetaceans.

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IOC Discusses Regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy [viewed]

5 July 2012: As part of its Acclimate Project, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) convened a high-level workshop to discuss a draft regional strategy for climate change adaptation for the western Indian Ocean islands. The event brought together representatives from Comoros, Madagascar, Reunion (France), Mauritius and Seychelles. 

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Event: Workshop on NAMAs: National Mitigation Planning and Implementation in Agriculture [viewed]

This meeting will focus on supporting the development of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) as a tool for national mitigation planning and climate smart agriculture. The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are sponsoring the workshop. It will support advancing understanding and practice on: decision making on national mitigation priorities; what role NAMAs can play and establishing NAMAs as a policy instrument; the kind of support is needed in terms of investments and finance, policy, and MRV. Proposed outputs include: a publication on lessons learned from NAMA implementation and commonalities and contrasts of NAMA experiences; the elaboration of examples of NAMAs and related measuring reporting and verification (MRV)/infrastructure/ institutional mechanisms to share; minimum requirements for effective implementation of NAMAs – institutions and capacities; decision trees/templates showing how countries can establish priorities and advance implementation; enhanced knowledge on associated tools and resources for NAMA decision making and implementation; identification of research and capacity development needs for effective planning around agriculture; and ways forward for effective NAMA planning. The meeting is by invitation only. CCAFS is a program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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CCAFS Documents its First Year of Operation [viewed]

5 July 2012: The annual report of the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) research program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) documents its efforts in initiating work across numerous sites, establishing baseline surveys, and developing regional partnerships and learning platforms for climate-smart agriculture.

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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CAN Indigenous Peoples Council Demands International Climate and Environment Court [viewed]

22 June 2012: In a formal declaration sent to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Consultative Council of Indigenous Peoples of the Andean Community (CCPICAN) demanded the creation of an International Court of Climate and Environmental Justice.

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OAS Endorses Inter‐American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response [viewed]

OAS6 June 2012:  The Organization of American States' (OAS) General Assembly has endorsed the Inter‐American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance. The Plan is a management tool for coordinating governments' efforts in dealing with disaster prevention, preparedness, response and mitigation.

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SICA Sends Declaration on Climate Change, Disasters to Rio+20 [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Central American Integration System (SICA) sent a "special communiqué" regarding climate change and natural disasters to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) held from 20-22 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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IEA Reviews Swiss Energy Policy [viewed]

IEA3 July 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report titled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries- Switzerland 2012 Review,” which lauds Swiss electricity market reforms and high levels of oil and gas security, however the report envisions difficulties for the planned stabilization of electricity demand.

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ECOWAS Agrees on Principles of Regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policies [viewed]

27 June 2012: The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held a regional workshop at the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) from 25-27 June in Dakar, Senegal, during which the main aims and components of a regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policy of ECOWAS were agreed by directors of the region's Ministries of Energy.

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