Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

UNFCCC Publishes Copenhagen Accord Climate Pledges [viewed]

1 February 2010: Following the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, which took place in December 2009, the UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that it has received submissions of pledges to cut and limit greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 from 55 countries.

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ITTO Newsletter Examines the Competitiveness of REDD and Oil Palm [viewed]

1 February 2010:  The latest issue of the International Tropical Timber Organization's (ITTO) newsletter, Tropical Forest Update,  includes an article that questions whether payments for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) can make natural forests competitive with oil palm plantations.

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UNFCCC Publishes Clarification on Legal Character of the Copenhagen Accord [viewed]

25 January 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a notification to parties (DBO/drl) regarding an earlier notification dated 18 January 2010 (YDB/ DBO/drl) on communication of information relating to the Copenhagen Accord.

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General Assembly of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development Takes Stock of Agriculture's Role in Climate Change [viewed]

28 January 2010: The annual General Assembly of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, an organization of global donors, met in Rome, Italy, from 26-27 January 2010, to consider issues related to agriculture and rural development in working sessions addressing: agriculture and climate change; aid for trade and development; land and development; and lessons from the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme.

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CDM Methodologies Panel Releases Report of 42st Meeting [viewed]

27 January 2010: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel (Meth Panel) has published the report of its 42nd meeting, which was held from 18-22 January 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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CDM Executive Board Releases Proposed Agenda for 52nd Meeting [viewed]

25 January 2010: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has published the proposed agenda and annotations, as well as the draft work programme, for its 52nd meeting, which will take place at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany, from 8-12 February 2010.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reflects on Copenhagen Conference [viewed]

22 January 2009: The fifth issue of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter provides an overview of events surrounding the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). These events included the production by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of a draft decision on methodological issues, which was adopted by the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), and references to REDD being included in the Copenhagen Accord.

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IYB High-Level Event Draws Parallels Between Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

22 January 2010: At a high-level event organized at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France, from 21-22 January 2010, Davidson Hepburn, Chair of the UNESCO General Conference, stressed that “we are witnessing the loss of the very services on which livelihood systems depend,” in the case of many populations, particularly those of small island States.

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CBD Executive Secretary Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Marine Biodiversity [viewed]

20 January 2010: On the occasion of the XVI Consultative Group meeting and the XVI General Authority meeting of the Plan of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the Southeast Pacific (CPPS), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), highlighted the impacts of climate change on marine biodiversity.

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CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Interlinkages between Biodiversity, Desertification and Climate Change [viewed]

20 January 2010: In a statement on the occasion of the regional workshop on “Guidelines on practices for sustainable forest management in drylands of the Sub-Saharan Africa,” held from 20-22 January 2010, in Dakar, Senegal, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), stressed that biodiversity, desertification and climate change are interconnected.

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