Intergovernmental Process

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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Event: International Conference on Climate, Water and Policy [viewed]

This Conference will bring together climate scientists, water resource managers and other specialists to discuss the impacts of climate change on water resources across four categories: climate variability impacts on water availability and floods at short term to seasonal time scales; climate change and variability impacts on water security and flood damage at decadal and inter decadal time scales; dissemination of probabilistic climate and water information for operational planning and decision making; and building international cooperation and policy coordination for adaptation to climate change.  

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Event: Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe [viewed]

The Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests 2) is scheduled to take place from 3-7 September, in Bonn, Germany.  

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WEF Report Summarizes CEM3 Public-Private Roundtables [viewed]

7 August 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has reported on the release of a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), which summarizes the discussions and outcomes of eight public-private roundtables that were organized in the context of the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3), held in London, UK, from 25-26 April 2012.

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Event: Cool Buildings and Communities Conference [viewed]

This conference, which is co-hosted by the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) and the Global Cool Cities Alliance, will bring together government officials, industry representatives, and green building and sustainability experts. The conference aims to launch a new non-profit organization focused on deploying cool, efficient policies and technologies, and launch a new network of global cities that are committed to reducing urban heat to promote sustainability. In conjunction with the conference the Cool Roofs and Pavements Working Group of GSEP is organizing a workshop during which member governments can update the Working Group on their initiatives, plan for the 4th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) meeting, and interact with other stakeholders to disucss supporting Working Group activities.  

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Colombia and Stanford University Partner on Forest Carbon Monitoring in the Amazon [viewed]

25 July 2012: The Government of Colombia and Stanford University's Carnegie Institution have demonstrated the ability to measure carbon stocks using a combination of airborne Light Detection and Ranging technology (LiDAR) and a satellite image analysis technology called CLASlite to produce carbon maps. The technology aims to contribute to operationalize REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock).

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