Intergovernmental Process

Brazil, Germany Strengthen Cooperation Ahead of COP 21 [viewed]

germany-brazil20 August 2015: Brazil and Germany have expressed determination to work towards a successful 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. In a joint statement issued during Brazilian-German intergovernmental consultations, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the two countries would aim for “a fair, ambitious, long-term, comprehensive and legally binding agreement under the UNFCCC.”

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Event: Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) [viewed]

The US Department of State is hosting the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) to highlight the most urgent issues facing the Arctic, as well as innovative approaches at the local, national and international levels to addressing the region's challenges. Foreign ministers and other key stakeholders will gather at the conference to define the most crucial challenges and to raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic. Representatives from Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the EU have been invited to participate in GLACIER, alongside policymakers, indigenous leaders, and public and private sector representatives from Alaska and the Arctic region. US President Barack Obama is expected to address the conference. Along with plenaries, a social media blitz, and outside events leading up to, during and after GLACIER, parallel panel sessions during the conference will address: climate change in the Arctic and beyond; strengthening emergency response; preventing unregulated Arctic high seas fisheries; renewable energy; science cooperation; and household innovations that promote economic efficiency and community health.  

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French, Peruvian UNFCCC COP Presidencies Release Aide-Mémoire [viewed]

france-peru31 July 2015: During an informal ministerial meeting held in preparation for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, ministers discussed characteristics of the anticipated Paris agreement, differentiation and ambition, according to an aide-mémoire released by the Peruvian COP 20 Presidency and incoming French COP 21 Presidency. In addition, Parties discussed next steps in the lead-up to COP 21.

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Event: GEO-XII Plenary and Mexico City Ministerial Summit [viewed]

The twelfth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XII) will convene from 11-12 November 2015, followed by the GEO 2015 Mexico City Ministerial Summit, which will take place on 13 November. Side events will take place from 9-12 November. The GEO-XII Plenary Session will meet at the Hilton Reforma on 11 November and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores - SRE) on 12 November. Caucus Meetings and the Executive Committee Meeting and GEO Side Events will also take place throughout the week, and a GEO exhibit will be on display.  

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Elements of a Legally-Binding Climate Agreement [viewed]

mef19 July 2015: At its 22nd meeting, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) focused on issues related to the global climate change agreement that is expected to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The participating economies, mostly represented at the ministerial level, discussed their views on the legal form and contents of the agreement. Despite diverse positions on these aspects, the co-chairs called the meeting "productive" and "very constructive."

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France Hosts Informal Ministerial Consultations [viewed]

France-Flag21 July 2015: The French Government hosted the first of a series of informal ministerial consultations to prepare for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which will take place in November-December 2015. The consultations brought together approximately 40 delegations, including 30 ministers, who discussed: the overall balance of the draft climate change agreement; its level of ambition; and the degree of differentiation that should be retained in order to take into account the situation and levels of development of the different UN member States.

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IISD GSI Event: Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Reform Can Finance Development [viewed]

gsi-fffsr 14 July 2015: Reforming fossil-fuel subsidies can free up funds for investing in sustainable development and reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 10%, according to a high-level side event held at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Participants also underlined that current low international energy prices create a window of opportunity for fossil-fuel subsidy reform.

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Event: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) [viewed]

The second meeting of the MEF in 2015 is scheduled for 18-19 July 2015, in Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg. The meeting will be chaired by Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, and Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change. The MEF intends to convene four times in 2015. The Forum, launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, is aimed at facilitating candid dialogue among major emitting countries, both developed and developing, to garner the political leadership needed to advance efforts against climate change. The 17 major economies participating are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, South Africa, the UK and the US.  

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US-Brazil Intensify Collaboration on Climate Change [viewed]

us-brazil30 June 2015: During an official visit to Washington DC, US, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed with US President Barack Obama to intensify the collaboration between the two countries, both bilaterally and under the UNFCCC. They issued a Joint US-Brazil Statement on Climate Change that addresses: leadership on the road to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015; ambitious climate action; the launch of a Brazil-US Joint Initiative on Climate Change; cooperation on sustainable land use; and cooperation on clean energy and on climate change adaptation.

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EU, China Adopt Joint Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

eu-china29 June 2015: At the 17th bilateral summit between the EU and China, the two parties adopted a joint statement on climate change, recognizing it as "one of the greatest threats facing humanity" and agreeing to elevate climate change cooperation in their bilateral relations. The summit, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations, concluded with the adoption of a summit declaration that acknowledges the critical role the two sides must play in addressing climate change.

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