Intergovernmental Process

African Policy-Makers Discuss Options to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

22 September 2012: As part of the work of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), African policy-makers, environmental experts, and industry stakeholders met to discuss options for reducing emissions from SLCPs.

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Caribbean Ministers Sign Regional Water Security Declaration [viewed]

10 October 2012: Ministers responsible for water resources management in nine Caribbean countries have signed a declaration on water security at the 8th Annual High-Level Session (HLS) Ministerial Forum, a joint initiative of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) and the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA).

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BASIC Countries Call for Strengthened Commitments Ahead of Doha [viewed]

21 September 2012: The 12th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a joint statement in which the leaders reiterate their commitment to a successful outcome of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to take place at the end of 2012, in Doha, Qatar.

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UNEP Executive Director Commits to Increased Assistance to Africa at AMCEN [viewed]

UNEP12 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner addressed African ministers attending the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference for the Environment (AMCEN), convening from 7-14 September 2012, in Arusha, Tanzania. Steiner underscored UNEP's commitment to assist African States in making the transition to a Green Economy, negotiating a new climate treaty, building awareness on chemicals and hazardous wastes, and improving the management of drylands.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Highlights Africa's Renewable Energy Potential at AMCEN [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary13 September 2012: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres addressed Ministers at the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), which is convening in Arusha, Tanzania, and emphasized that a strong COP 18 outcome could help Africa adapt to climate change and speed up its low-carbon development.

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Canada and US Amend Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement [viewed]

7 September 2012: Lisa Jackson, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Peter Kent, Minister of Environment, Canada, have signed an amendment to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, originally signed in 1972. The amendments strengthen US and Canadian cooperative action to address water quality threats and prevent harm.

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Event: INC-Forests3 [viewed]

The third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) will continue negotiations for a legally binding instrument on forests.  

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Event: Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

The fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) will bring together ministers from more than 20 participating countries under the theme of "Technology and Business Innovation". Topics to be discussed include: progress by the 13 clean energy initiatives of CEM; enhancing cooperation between CEM governments; and the development of public-private partnerships to support clean energy development. Six high-level public-private roundtables will be held to discuss: solar photovoltaics; clean vehicles; power markets in emerging economies; renewable policy and finance; energy management systems; and mini-grid development. CEM4 will also hold an Innovation Showcase Pavilion that will be open to the public to highlight 40 groundbreaking clean technologies from 16-18 April. Following the opening of the Pavilion, a Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy event will be held, which will include: opening remarks by representatives from India and South Africa; a short film introducing C3E; and a panel discussion on “Women and Clean Energy Innovation.” The Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative will also present the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Awards for the most energy-efficient commercially available flat-panel televisions on 17 April.  

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43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique [viewed]

PIFS30 August 2012: The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum convened in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, from 28-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Large Oceans Island States – the Pacific Challenge.” Issues discussed at the meeting included the outcomes of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Oceanscape initiative, climate change, and radioactive contaminants in the Marshall Islands. The 43rd PIF Communique includes the key commitments of Pacific Leaders.

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Cartagena Dialogue Discusses Expectations Ahead of Bangkok and Doha [viewed]

20 July 2012: The Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action (Cartagena Dialogue) met in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to discuss key questions ahead of the upcoming informal additional sessions of the Ad Hoc working groups (AWGs) to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 30 August to 5 September 2012, and the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to be held in Doha, Qatar, at the end of 2012.

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