Intergovernmental Process

Four Arctic Council Working Groups Address Cross-Cutting Issues at "Historic" Joint Meetings [viewed]

Arctic Council18 September 2015: Four of the six Arctic Council Working Groups met in parallel from 14-18 September 2015, in Tromsø, Norway. According to the Arctic Council Secretariat, the meeting was unprecedented, allowing the four Working Groups to meet in a joint session mid-week to discuss cross-cutting issues. Arctic State and indigenous Permanent Participant organization delegates to the Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP), Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Groups were joined by accredited intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and non-Arctic State observers for the meetings.

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US, Chinese Subnational Leaders Issue Climate Declaration [viewed]

climate_leaders_summit16 September 2015: A number US and Chinese subnational leaders issued the US-China Climate Leaders Declaration stressing their determination to lead climate actions in their respective countries, municipalities and regions. The declaration was issued at the US-China Climate Leaders Summit, an outcome of the US and Chinese Presidents' Joint Announcement on Climate Change of November 2014.

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Clean Energy Ministerial Roundtables Summary Released [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial11 September 2015: A summary report of the six public-private roundtables held at the 6th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6) has been published, highlighting outcomes from dialogues on topics ranging from accelerating energy productivity to sustainable urban energy transitions. The publication compiles key messages and recommendations shared by private-sector and government leaders during the roundtables.

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New Climate Economy Explores Low-Carbon Development in Cities [viewed]

the_new_climate_economy8 September 2015: A report published by the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low-emission transport, building efficiency and waste management could save US$17 trillion by 2050 and reduce emissions by 3.7 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) per year by 2030, or more than the current annual emissions of India. The report, titled ‘Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World's Cities,' states that with complementary national policies, including low-carbon innovation, reduced fossil fuel subsidies and carbon pricing, savings could top US$22 trillion.

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G20 Finance Ministers Discuss Sustainable Development, Climate Change [viewed]

g20-turkey5 September 2015: Finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of 20 (G20) released a communiqué from their third meeting under the Turkish G20 presidency, welcoming the outcomes of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) and looking forward to successful and positive outcomes at the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda and the UN Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Event: G20 Energy Ministers Meeting [viewed]

Organized by the Turkish Presidency of the Group of 20 (G20), the G20 Energy Ministers Meeting will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October. Among other things, G20 energy ministers are expected to endorse an Energy Access Action Plan as a voluntary collaboration mechanism. Other priorities of the Turkish G20 presidency in the area of energy include: energy efficiency; the G20 Principles on Energy Collaboration; rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies; and the Joint Organisations Data Initiative.  

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Second Informal Climate Ministerial Discusses MOI, Loss and Damage, Adaptation [viewed]

frenchflag8 September 2015: Approximately 60 delegations and more than 40 ministers convened in Paris, France, for the second informal ministerial consultation in preparation for the Paris Climate Change Conference. Hosted by Laurent Fabius, incoming President of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, the consultations focused on means of implementation (MOI) and adaptation and loss and damage.

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France Hosts Preparatory COP 21 Event During Ambassadors' Week [viewed]

france-diplomacie26 August 2015: The UN Secretary-General urged climate negotiators to accelerate the pace of negotiations and outlined key features of the expected outcome of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) during Ambassadors' Week in Paris. The one-day event dedicated to preparing for COP 21 included a joint press stakeout with Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and incoming COP 21 President.

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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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