Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Proposed Agenda for 56th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board Released [viewed]

August 2010: The proposed agenda for the 56th meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which will be held from 13-17 September 2010, in Brasília, Brazil, is now available on the CDM website.

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July-August 2010 Issue of UNCCD News Focuses on Decade for Deserts [viewed]

16 August 2010: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released the July-August 2010 issue of UNCCD News, which focuses on the launch of the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification (UNDDD). This special issue contains statements from 15 leaders, pledging their commitment and the backing of their organizations to the Decade.

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Event: Workshop on Improving the Regional Distribution of CDM Projects in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat. It aims to increase the number of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in countries currently hosting fewer than ten registered CDM projects. The workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge on recent developments on CDM modalities, identifying and overcoming barriers for the promotion of CDM projects in their countries and related technical, financial and policy issues. The workshop also offers one-on-one discussion with the ADB team of experts to discuss project structuring and options to move forward. The workshop is a first of a series targeting participation from seven countries with less than ten registered CDM projects, namely: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal and Sri Lanka.  

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UN Launches Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification [viewed]

16 August 2010: The UN has launched the Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification, which will run from 2010-2020 and will seek to raise awareness and action to improve the protection and management of the world's drylands. 

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UNFCCC Releases AWG-LCA Negotiating Text [viewed]

13 August 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/14) containing the results of the work of the drafting groups at the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 11).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Climate Change and Business Conference [viewed]

10 August 2010: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, addressed, via video link, the sixth Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference, which convened in Sydney, Australia, from 10-12 August 2010.

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Event: 62nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The Executive Committee is expected to continue its consideration of matters related to the phase-out of HCFCs and other remaining ozone depleting substances (ODS), as well as financial planning and consideration of the three-year business plans of the bilateral and implementing agencies, and agencies' work programmes.  

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Event: Least Developed Countries Training Workshop on Implementing National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) [viewed]

This is the fourth of a series of five training workshops organized by the Least Developed Countries Group (LEG) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and its agencies. The workshop is targeting Lusophone LDCs and one recently graduated Lusophone LDCs, comprising in total five parties to the UNFCCC. The workshop and materials will be entirely in Portuguese. The training aims to: provide technical support to Least Developed Country (LDC) teams in the design of an implementation strategy for the NAPAs, and to build capacity of these teams in the preparation and submission of project documents to the GEF under the LDF Fund (LDCF); and, where needed, to provide technical support to those LDC parties that are still preparing their NAPAs.  

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August Bonn Climate Change Talks Consider Gap Between Commitment Periods, Forward Drafts to October Talks [viewed]

6 August 2010: The 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 11) and the 13th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 13) took place from 2-6 August 2010, in Bonn, Germany, bringing together over 1650 participants.

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Background Paper for High-Level UNGA Meeting on Biodiversity Released [viewed]

August 2010: The Secretary-General has transmitted to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) a background paper for the UNGA's high-level meeting as a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity, to be held on 22 September 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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