Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

CMS Executive Secretary Appointed UNEP DEPI Deputy Director [viewed]

5 January 2012: Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), was appointed Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as of 9 January 2012. Mrema announced her decision to step down as Executive Secretary at the 38th meeting of the CMS Standing Committee and the most recent Conference of the Parties to the CMS (COP 10).

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UNCCD News Issue Reviews COP 10 Outcomes [viewed]

UNCCDJanuary 2012: The latest issue of UNCCD News reviews the outcomes from the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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Event: Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer and South-to-South Cooperation [viewed]

The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD are jointly organizing an international workshop on technology transfer between Sahel and Maghreb countries and local stakeholders, in the context of the GM's South-to-South Cooperation programme, SolArid, from 25-26 January in Tunis, Tunisia. The workshop will seek to capitalize on existing initiatives and lessons learned at sub-regional and national levels, in order to upscale potential technology transfer initiatives to combat desertification between North and West Africa, and within the sub-regions themselves. The workshop will cover: the strategic thrusts and priority actions for combating desertification and enhancing natural resource management and rural development; opportunities for sub-regional collaboration based on an analysis of the stakeholders' strengths and requirements in terms of knowledge and/or technical skills; capacity-building on resource mobilization for technology transfer; and identification of potential partners to support the identified initiatives. The event will bring together representatives of sub-regional institutions including the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), specialized organizations such as the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control (CILSS), and representatives from national ministries and development agencies.  

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Deadline for Submissions to CDM Policy Dialogue Extended [viewed]

17 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has extended the deadline for submissions to the CDM policy dialogue. The new deadline is 21 January 2012.

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UNFCCC Calls for Proposals for Hosting the Climate Technology Centre [viewed]

16 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a call for proposals (CFP 2012-S1) for hosting the Climate Technology Centre (CTN). The call is issued in response to a decision of the Conference of the Parties at its 17th session (COP 17) to launch the selection process for the host of the CTN, in order to make the Technology Mechanism fully operational in 2012.

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CSOs to Nominate Observer on UNCCD's Strategy Mid-term Evaluation Working Group [viewed]

UNCCD13 January 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) accredited to the UNCCD to nominate a representative to serve on the Intersessional Working Group (IWG) for the mid-term evaluation of the Strategy.

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UNFCCC Publishes Ukraine's GHG Inventory Submission Report [viewed]

13 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published (FCCC/ARR/2011/UKR) the report of the individual review of the annual submission of Ukraine submitted in 2011.

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UNCCD, GEF Prepare Answers to FAQs on GEF Funding [viewed]

UNCCD12 January 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in consultation with the Secretariat of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has compiled answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) with regard to GEF funding under the land degradation focal area, in particular in relation to enabling activities funding for UNCCD reporting and alignment of action programmes.

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UNFCCC Launches CDM Policy Dialogue Website [viewed]

16 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a new website for information and materials related to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) policy dialogue. The CDM policy dialogue, which was initiated by the CDM Executive Board, aims to examine lessons learned thus far in the implementation of the CDM, and recommend how to improve the CDM for the future. 

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Landfill Fuels Electricity in Peru [viewed]

World Bank6 January 2012: The World Bank has inaugurated an energy plant in Peru, fueled by a landfill in the Peruvian desert, which will supply energy to the national grid and generate carbon credits.

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