Intergovernmental Process

PROFOR Brief Focuses on Benefit Sharing Arrangements for Forest-Dependent Communities [viewed]

April 2012: The multi-donor Program on Forests Partnership (PROFOR) has published a brief on benefits sharing arrangements in initiatives for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks). The brief focuses on how to identify beneficiaries when rights are unclear and how to transfer benefits.

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New Clean Energy Initiatives and Commitments Announced at CEM3 [viewed]

26 April 2012: Leaders from the governments of the 23 Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) participant countries, together with the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, have announced a variety of new commitments and initiatives to improve energy efficiency, increase the share of renewable energy, and enable energy access worldwide. These commitments and initiatives are the main outcomes of the two-day Third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3).

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IEA Report to CEM says Clean Energy Progress not Ambitious Enough to Remain within 2 Degree Scenario [viewed]

IEA25 April 2012: The International Energy Agency has launched a report, titled “Tracking Clean Energy Progress,” at the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). The report is an excerpt of the publication “Energy Technologies Perspectives 2012,” which is scheduled to be launched in June 2012.

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Event: International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference [viewed]

The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference draws international attention to the polar regions, global change, and related environmental, social and economic issues. Organized around the theme "From Knowledge to Action," the event brings together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, NGO, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples. The conference seeks to build on the momentum of IPY 2007-2008, which increased understanding of how indigenous knowledge could be combined with instrumented data in monitoring the changes in polar ice, snow and vegetation cover, marine and terrestrial animal migrations, and behavioral patterns of polar animals, birds, fish and cetacean species.  

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FOREST EUROPE, UNECE/FAO Launch Survey on the State of Forests Report [viewed]

19 April 2012: FOREST EUROPE (The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe) and the UN Economic Council for Europe/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNECE/FAO) are inviting the users of, and contributors to, the State of Europe's Forests 2011 Report (SoEF 2011) to complete a brief on-line survey about their experiences. 

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North American Leaders Commit to Cooperation on Energy, Chemicals and Climate [viewed]

2 April 2012: The North American Leaders Summit met in Washington DC, US, on 2 April, with the aim of advancing the economic well-being, safety and security of the US, Mexico, and Canada. The key outcome of the Summit was the Joint Statement by North American Leaders, which detailed North American cooperation on issues including energy, chemicals and climate change.

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VI Summit of the Americas Expresses Support for Rio+20 [viewed]

15 April 2012: Meeting at the VI Summit of the Americas, the Heads of State and Government of Western Hemisphere countries declared their support for participation at the High-Level Segment (HLS) of the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

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Horn of Africa Meeting Launches Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience [viewed]

4 April 2012: A joint meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministers responsible for Agriculture, Livestock, Water Resource, Environment, Arid Lands and Drought Disaster Management with High Level Development Partners has committed to establish the Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience and Growth to improve coordination and harmonization of investments and policy.

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G8 Foreign Ministers Recognize Climate Change as a Security Threat [viewed]

12 April 2012: The G8 Foreign Ministers, in a meeting leading up to the May 2012 meeting of the G8, addressed the issue of climate change and security, among other pressing international issues. In the issuing Chair's Statement, Ministers recognize climate change as a factor in increasing global security risks and underscore the intention of G8 member States to continue actions domestically and multilaterally to tackle climate change.

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International Conference on Wetland Forests Focuses on the Green Economy [viewed]

23 March 2012: The International Conference on Wetland Forests, which was co-hosted by Wetlands International and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources of Brunei Darussalam through the Forestry Department, considered the theme "forests biodiversity – towards green economy." The event aimed to promote sustainable management of Brunei's peat forests and mangrove forests.

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