Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

UNFCCC Publishes Carbon Capture and Storage Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC26 July 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published ten submissions (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.10) on views on carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) in geological formations as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities.

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Event: 26th Meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee [viewed]

The 26th meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 26) will take place in Bonn, Germany. The meeting is open to attendance, as observers, by all parties and UNFCCC accredited observers and stakeholders. The deadline for registration as an observer is two weeks before the meeting and only observers who have registered within the stipulated deadline of 30 August 2011 will be allowed to have access to the observer room. The meeting will also be webcast.  

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Event: International Symposium on Drought and National Drought Policies [viewed]

This symposium is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It will build on the WMO meeting on national drought policies held at George Mason University, Fairfax, US, from 14-15 July 2011, which outlined steps for countries to reduce drought risks and help coordinate the development of a "best-practices" compendium on developing drought policies. The collaboration between the WMO and UNCCD builds on recent partnerships, such as on the use of the Standard Precipitation Index as a universal drought index.  

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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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