Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

ITTO Calls for Proposals on Reducing Deforestation and Enhancing Environmental Services [viewed]

24 February 2011:  The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a call for proposals for its Thematic Programme on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services (REDDES).

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Stockholm Convention Releases Climate Change and POPs Study [viewed]

21 February 2011: The Stockholm Convention Secretariat, in conjunction with the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, has released a report titled "Climate Change and POPs: Predicting the Impacts."

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Tokyo Symposium [viewed]

28 February 2011: Speaking at a symposium organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), in Tokyo, Japan, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, emphasized that all parties have to be "on-board" in order for greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations to be stabilized.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Assesses Significance of the Cancun Agreements [viewed]

26 February 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has posted online  an assessment of the Cancun Agreements by Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary.

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UNCCD Subsidiary Bodies Review Monitoring and Assessment Indicators [viewed]

25 February 2011: The second special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) and the ninth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 9) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have concluded their reviews of intersessional work to follow-up on decisions related to impact and performance indicators.

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US, India to Convene Joint Task Force on Hydrofluorocarbons [viewed]

23 February 2011: During a workshop on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) convened by the US and India on 18 February 2011, the two countries agreed to convene a joint task force to examine approaches to reduce the use of climate-damaging HFCs.

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UNFCCC Publishes Finland's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

22 February 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/FIN) of the review of the annual inventory submission of Finland. 

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UNFCCC Receives Submissions from Parties [viewed]

February 2011: Parties to the UNFCCC have responded to a call for submissions of information and views reflecting  the outcomes of the recent sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP), the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long- term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP).

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UNFCCC Publishes New Zealand's Fifth National Communication Review Report [viewed]

18 February 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report presenting the results of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5)  of New Zealand conducted by the expert review team (ERT).

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Guest Article #55: Turning Wastes into Resources While Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Contribution to a Green Economy [viewed]

Environmentally sound management of wastes – including hazardous wastes – is not among the measures that spontaneously come to mind in the context of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Basel Convention - the sole global treaty on waste management, aiming to protect human health and the environment through control of transboundary movements and environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes – is not widely seen as an instrument towards this end. If at all, the role of waste management in combating climate change is seen primarily in the reduction of methane emissions resulting from landfills. Hazardous wastes rarely enter the picture.

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