Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

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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IFAD Governing Council Considers Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture [viewed]

22 February 2011: The 34th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) met from 19-20 February 2011, at IFAD headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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UNEP Convenes Green Customs Partners Meeting [viewed]

17 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the 7th Green Customs Partners Meeting, from 8-9 February 2011, at INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Calls for Experts [viewed]

20 February 2011: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched four calls for experts for members of the CDM Methodologies Panel, Accreditation Panel, Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group, and Small-Scale Working Group, with a view to replacing the outgoing members at its 60th meeting.

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Report of the 59th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board Released [viewed]

18 February 2011: The report of the 59th Meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which was held from 14-18 February 2011, in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the CDM website.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Four Calls for Public Inputs [viewed]

18 February 2011: As agreed at its 59th meeting, held from 14-18 February 2011, in Bonn, Germany, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched four calls for public inputs.

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CBD Selects Experts for Asia-Pacific Workshop on REDD+ [viewed]

17 February 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated the list of sponsored experts for the Asia-Pacific regional consultation and capacity building workshop on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+), including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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EMG Presents Progress Report on UN system-wide Response and Action Report on Drylands [viewed]

February 2011: The Environment Management Group (EMG) has presented a progress report on its work to prepare a UN system-wide rapid response and action report on drylands, with proposed options for a coherent UN-wide contribution to drylands challenges, including the implementation of the 10-year Strategic Plan of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) across the work of the UN system.

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UNCCD Science Committee Discusses Indicators, Knowledge Management Systems [viewed]

18 February 2011: The Second Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has concluded in Bonn, Germany, following three days of discussions on topics including: progress made on studies and activities requested by previous Conferences of the Parties (COP); the establishment of a knowledge management system; the strengthening of national, regional and global networks of experts; the refinement of impact indicators; and ways to improve the organization of the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference.

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