Intergovernmental Process

Global Climate Change Alliance Regional Conference for Asia Held [viewed]

31 May 2010: Representatives of the EU, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar and Nepal participated in Asia's regional conference of the Global Climate Change Alliance on 30-31 May 2010, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The regional conference took stock of challenges posed by climate change in Asia, focusing on vulnerable countries' specific problems, strategies and response actions, existing financial mechanisms and prospects for reaching an effective global agreement on climate change.

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WorldFish Center Publishes Papers on Adaptation and Vulnerability of Inland Fisheries in Africa [viewed]

May 2010: The WorldFish Center has released papers on adaptation of floodplain fishing communities to climate change in the Niger basin and on vulnerability in inland fishing communities in Africa.

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ICRAF Releases Paper on Tenure Insecurity in Indonesia [viewed]

May 2010: The World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) has released a working paper looking at land tenure issues and reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) in the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership initiative in Indonesia.

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Oslo Meeting Reaches Agreement on Financing and Quick-Start Measures for REDD [viewed]

27 May 2010: Representatives of 50 countries met in Oslo, Norway, on 27 May 2010, to conclude an agreement on financing and a framework to rapidly operationalize measures for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Countries also pledged almost US$4 billion to quick-start implementation between 2010-2012.

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Arctic Biodiversity Assessment Highlights Rapid Changes for Arctic Flora and Fauna [viewed]

27 May 2010: A new report synthesizing scientific findings on the status and trends for selected biodiversity in the Arctic indicates that unique Arctic habitats for flora and fauna, including sea ice, tundra, lakes and peatlands, have been disappearing over recent decades, and some characteristic Arctic species have shown a decline. Changes in Arctic biodiversity have global repercussions and are further creating challenges for people living in the Arctic.

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Africa Progress Panel Report 2010 Released [viewed]

25 May 2010: Africa Progress Panel members Kofi Annan, Peter Eigen, Linah Mohohlo and Olusegun Obasanjo launched the Africa Progress Report 2010 on 25 May 2010, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The publication analyzes the continent's progress and issues recommendations regarding climate change, among other issues, to African leaders and the continent's international partners. 

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UN-REDD Newsletter Outlines Recent REDD+ Activities [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter- 7th issue26 May 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has released its May 2010 Newsletter, which highlights many recent activities and publications on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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ASEAN-EU Summit Discusses Energy and Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

L-R: Mohamed Bolkiah & Miguel Moratinos26 May 2010: The 18th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting, held in Madrid, Spain, on 26 May 2010, under the theme “Partners in Regional Integration,” addressed climate change and energy cooperation, among other issues.

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Second US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Tackles Climate and Energy [viewed]

US Department of State25 May 2010: The Strategic Track under the framework of the Second Round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue addressed, inter alia, energy security and climate change, and produced 26 specific outcomes.

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Guest Article #41: A Way Forward from the Current Impasse in Climate Negotiation [viewed]

Our climate negotiation is now fragmented and we are pulled in three directions: three separate forums (AWG-LCA, AWG-KP and the Copenhagen Accord group) and three draft texts (two AWG reports plus the Accord). Worse still, there are suggestions of negotiation outside the UN or of waiting until 2012 in South Africa. We seem to have lost the drive. Confusion and inaction have set in. These circumstances are totally unconducive to reaching an agreement. We must analyze the current positions and find a way forward to produce an agreement that protects the interest of all stakeholders.

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