Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

ITTO Supports REDD+ Feasibility Study in Brazil [viewed]

1 August 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has signed an agreement with the Japanese company Marubeni to conduct a feasibility study on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock (REDD+) in the Brazilian Amazon.

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UNFF Updates Timeline for Nominations to Forest Heroes Programme [viewed]

International Year of Forests 20111 August 2011: In July, the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat launched a "Forest Heroes" Programme and Awards to recognize and honor everyday people who are committed to sustaining forests and actively promoting forest values. The timeline for nominations to the programme has now been updated. 

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Multilateral Fund ExCom Supports China's Commitment to Cut HCFCs [viewed]

29 July 2011: During its 25-29 July 2011 meeting in Montreal, Canada, the 64th meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund agreed to grant US$265 million to China to cut hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) emissions by 2015. The agreement is expected to lead to dual ozone and climate benefits.

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Ramsar Publishes Framework for Assessing the Vulnerability of Wetlands to Climate Change [viewed]

July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released Ramsar Technical Report No. 5, titled "A Framework for assessing the vulnerability of wetlands to climate change."

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Adaptation Fund Board Adopts Decisions on Private Donations and Operational Policies Templates [viewed]

Adaptation Fund21 July 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board has adopted two intersessional decisions, on facilitating private donations and on templates for operational policies and guidelines.

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Event: Third Meeting of the Transitional Committee for the Design of the Green Climate Fund [viewed]

At its 16th session, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC decided to establish a Green Climate Fund, with arrangements to be concluded between the COP and the Green Climate Fund to ensure that it is accountable to and functions under the guidance of the COP. The Green Climate Fund will support projects, programmes, policies and other activities in developing country Parties using thematic funding windows. The COP also decided that the Green Climate Fund shall be designed by a Transitional Committee, which comprises 40 members, with 15 members from developed country parties and 25 members from developing country parties, with members having the necessary experience and skills, notably in the area of finance and climate change. The Transitional Committee is to develop and recommend for approval to the COP at its 17th session to be held in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November to 9 December 2011, a number of operational documents for the Green Climate Fund.  

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UNFCCC Newsletter Reviews Efforts to Deliver on the Cancun Agreements [viewed]

28 July 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the July 2011 edition of its newsletter, which features a video message from Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, in which she takes stock of progress to deliver on the Cancun Agreements.

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UNFCCC Publishes GHG Inventory Report Reviews of Norway and Turkey [viewed]

UNFCCC21 July 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the reports of the individual review of the annual submissions of Norway (FCCC/ARR/2010/NOR) and Turkey (FCCC/ARR/2010/TUR) submitted in 2010.

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CDM Executive Board Conducts Survey to Improve its Documentation [viewed]

UNFCCC25 July 2011: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board has launched a survey aimed at helping improve its documentation. The Board is inviting the public to participate in the survey and identify what improvements can be made to the Board, panel and working group documentation.

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ITTO Awards 25 Fellowships [viewed]

22 July 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has awarded 25 fellowships to promote human resource development and to strengthen professional expertise in ITTO member countries in tropical forestry and related disciplines.

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