Intergovernmental Process

ASEAN-US First Leaders' Meeting Addresses Climate Change and Energy [viewed]

Asean15 November 2009: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the US held their first Leaders' Meeting on 15 November 2009, in Singapore, addressing climate change and energy, among other issues.

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Climate Vulnerable Countries Issue Declaration for Copenhagen [viewed]

climatevulnerableforum10 November 2009: Maldives hosted a high-level climate change summit focusing on ‘climate vulnerable' States, from 9-10 November 2009, in Bandos Island Resort, with a view to drawing attention to the specific challenges, adaptation and green development needs of the States that are most vulnerable to global climate change.

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IRRI Publication Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Rice Production [viewed]

IRRINovember 2009: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), published the October to December issue of “Rice Today,” which features articles on climate change and rice harvests.

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ECOWAS and EU Discuss Climate Change [viewed]

logoeupresidency11 November 2009: Representatives of the EU and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) discussed climate change, among other issues, during the sixteenth EU-ECOWAS Ministerial Troika meeting, which convened in Abuja, Nigeria, on 11 November 2009, under the Co-Chairmanship of Frank Belfrage, Swedish State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and Amb. Bagudu M. Hirse, Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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G-20 Recognizes Need for Increased Climate Financing [viewed]

g20logo7 November 2009: The Group of Twenty (G-20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met in St. Andrews, UK, on 6-7 November 2009, to discuss climate financing, among other issues.

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UN General Assembly Panel Discussion Addresses Responses to Climate Change Through Water Management [viewed]

Unga6 November 2009: A special event titled “Enhancing Governance on Water” was held on 6 November 2009, as part of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial), during which experts discussed some of the key issues on the global water agenda, such as cooperating on transboundary water resources, strengthening the response to climate change through smart water management and reducing the impacts of water related disasters.

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India-EU Summit Tackles Climate Change, Solar and Nuclear Energy [viewed]

logoeupresidency6 November 2009: The Tenth India- EU Summit addressed international negotiations on climate change, energy cooperation and environment-related loans. The event took place in New Delhi, India, on 6 November 2009, between Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, representing the EU Swedish Presidency, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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Event: Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference [viewed]

The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE, or UNECE) Committee on Environmental Policy, is being prepared in accordance with the provisions of Reform Plan of the “Environment for Europe” process. This Conference will consider two main themes: “the sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems” and “greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.” Under the second theme, discussions will focus on the reduction of carbon emissions, energy efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, and the reconfiguration of financing and infrastructure to better accommodate environmental considerations. While the Astana Ministerial Conference is expected to address identified environmental issues of common concern in the UNECE region, the Conference provides an opportunity to address priority environmental issues in the Central Asian sub-region.  

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EU-US Summit Dominated by Climate Change [viewed]

climate-summit-at-the-white-house3 November 2009: Climate change featured in several outcomes of the first EU-US Summit since the Obama Administration took office.

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EU Agrees on Negotiating Position on Climate Financing for Copenhagen [viewed]

logoeupresidency30 October 2009: After several months of internal discussions, the EU Heads of State and government agreed on a negotiating position on climate financing for Copenhagen. EU leaders met in Brussels, Belgium, on 29-30 October 2009, as the European Council, to finalize the EU negotiating position on climate change, among other issues. They agreed that 100 million euro will be necessary in the next ten years to support developing countries' efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and that an additional 5 to 7 billion euro will be needed by developing countries annually between 2010 and 2012.

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