Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

CBD Executive Secretary Underlines Effect of Climate Change on Biodiversity Loss [viewed]

14 September 2008: Speaking at the Sixteenth Environment

Congress for Asia and the Pacific, which took place in Nagoya, Japan, from

13-14 September 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD), underscored the unprecedented rate of biodiversity

loss due to the pressures on the planet's natural functions caused by human

activity.

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CBD to Nominate Experts for Ad hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

11 September 2008: Ahmed Djoghlaf, Convention on Biological

Diversity (CBD) Executive Secretary, has announced that the first meeting of

the CBD Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Biodiversity and Climate

Change will convene from 17-21 November 2008, in London, UK.

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Event: Biosafety Protocol COP/MOP 5 [viewed]

The fifth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is organized by the CBD Secretariat. The meeting is expected to adopt rules and procedures on liability and redress in the context of Article 27 of the Protocol.  

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Third Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board Convenes [viewed]

Adaptation Fund Board Convenes 15 September 2008: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) is

holding its third meeting from 15-18 September 2008, at the United Nations

Campus in Bonn, Germany. At its second meeting in June, the Board adopted a

Work Plan for 2008, Legal Arrangements for the Adaptation Fund (AF)

Secretariat, an outline for Operational Policies and Guidelines for Parties to

Access Resources from the AF, and Roles and Responsibilities of Implementing

and Executing Entities.

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Lecture by Yvo de Boer: “The need for global low-emissions economic development” at Korea Green Foundation [viewed]

Lecture by Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary<br /> United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “The need for global low-emissions economic development”

9 September 2008: In a lecture given at the Korea Green

Foundation, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, provided an overview of climate change science and the state-of-play of negotiations under the Bali

Road Map. Noting that the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol will

end in 2012 and that science predicts warming will happen faster than

previously thought, he called for international action to combat climate change

to be “stepped up significantly.”

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Senegal Signs First CDM Agreement with World Bank [viewed]

L-R: Samuel Amet Sarr, Minister of Energy, Senegal; Meskerem Mulatu, World Bank; and Modibo Diop, Director General, Senegalese Rural Electrification Agency (ASER)4 September 2008: The Senegalese Agency for Rural

Electrification (ASER) and the World Bank have entered into an agreement for

the provision of 1.5 million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to Senegal's

rural areas. The project will be carried out as a Clean Development Mechanism

(CDM) programme of activities, and is Senegal's first CDM project.

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New World Bank Report Highlights Africa's CDM Potential [viewed]

World Bank Carbon Finance Unit (CFU) 3 September 2008: A new World Bank report estimates that Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in sub-Saharan Africa could potentially amount to 740 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls on Africa to Express its Views on the Copenhagen Deal [viewed]

Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary 3 September 2008: In an address to the Africa Carbon Forum, currently taking place in Dakar, Senegal, until 5 September 2008, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary noted that, despite being the hardest hit by climate change, Africa is the continent that has benefited the least from the current international climate change regime, including the Clean Development Mechanism

(CDM).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Stresses the Role of Public Understanding of Climate Change in Reaching Strong Outcome in Copenhagen [viewed]

31 August 2008: Speaking on the occasion of the twentieth

anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the

opening of its twenty-ninth Plenary session, Roberto Acosta, Coordinator, UN

Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), on behalf of Yvo de Boer,

UNFCCC Executive Secretary, underlined the IPCC's role in global climate change

policies and the need for public understanding of climate change to

significantly strengthen international action to tackle this challenge and reach

an ambitious response in Copenhagen at the UN climate change meeting in

December 2009.

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Encouraging Debates Conclude in Accra [viewed]

Closing press conference 27 August 2008: The third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term

Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) and the first part of the

sixth session of the Ad Hoc Working

Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol to

the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place from 21-27

August 2008, in Accra, Ghana.

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