Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

CBD Holds Pacific Region Workshop on Protected Areas, Addresses Climate Change Considerations [viewed]

CbdlogozConvention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

9 February 2009: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is organizing a capacity-building workshop for the Pacific region for implementation of the programme of work on protected areas, from 9-12 February 2009, in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop is scheduled to consider: the inclusion of climate change considerations in the ecological gap-analysis of protected areas; and coordination of technical and financial support to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Party Submissions [viewed]

6 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released submissions by the Republic of Korea, detailing the proposals to: establish a Registry of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) of developing countries at the UNFCCC Secretariat as part of the agreed outcome to be adopted at COP 15 in Copenhagen in December 2009; and recognize carbon credit for the verifiable mitigation arising from certain NAMAs as is agreed and contained in paragraph 1(b)(ii) of the Bali Action Plan.

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UNCCD Announces Conference to Discuss Monitoring and Assessment of Desertification and Land Degradation [viewed]

Organized by the Dryland Science for Development Consortium (DSD) with the assistance of the UNCCD Secretariat.

6 February 2009: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has released information concerning the scientific conference to be held in conjunction with the next meeting of its Committee on Science and Technology. The conference will consider “Bio-physical and socio-economic monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation, to support decision-making in land and water management.”

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Submissions by Parties on Fulfillment of the Bali Action Plan [viewed]

6 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has posted reports by a number of parties on fulfillment of the Bali Action Plan and the components of the agreed outcome to be adopted by the Conference of Parties at its 15th session: Sri Lanka (6 February); Cuba (5 February); Lebanon (4 February) and Saudi Arabia (2 February).

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UNFCCC Notifies of AWG-KP 7 and AWG-LCA 5 [viewed]

UNFCCC Notifies of AWG-KP 7 and AWG-LCA 5

5 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has notified parties and observer States to the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol, UN specialized agencies, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of the forthcoming seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 29 March-8 April 2009. 

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UN Secretary-General and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Emphasize Accelerating Action on Climate Change in Statements at Delhi Sustainable Development Summit [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received the Sustainable Development Leadership Award from H.E. Mr. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

5 February 2009: During the 2009 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, which is organized around the theme “Towards Copenhagen: an equitable and ethical approach” and is taking place from 5-7 February 2009, in New Delhi, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that ignoring or underestimating the threat of climate change would lead to increased poverty and hardship. Ban, who received the Sustainable Development Leadership Award at the Summit, underlined that tackling this challenge requires “all our leadership, all our commitment, all our ingenuity,” but that it also provides an “opportunity to make progress on a wide range of sustainable development issues.”

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Date and Venue for the Ninth Session of the AWG-KP and Seventh Session of the AWG-LCA Set [viewed]

February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that, following consultations with the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), Harald Dovland (Norway), and the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), Michael Zammit Cutajar (Malta), and taking into account guidance provided by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation, the ninth session of the AWG-KP and the seventh session of the AWG-LCA will take place at the UN Conference Centre of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand, from 28 September-9 October 2009.

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UNFCCC Executive-Secretary and UNEP Executive Director Call for Broad Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

 Davos Climate Focus: Ban Urges Leaders to Think Green & Steiner Promotes Design for Good

30 January 2009: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner participated in a panel on “Rising to the Challenge of Copenhagen,” at the World Economic Forum on 29 January 2009, in Davos, Switzerland. The panel was moderated by Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times, and included Jacques Aigrain, Swiss Re CEO, Al Gore, former US Vice-President and Nobel Laureate, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, and Jeroen van der Veer, Royal Dutch Shell CEO.

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CBD Executive Secretary on World Wetlands Day: Climate Change Impacts the Water Cycle [viewed]

Poster of World Wetlands Day

2 February 2009: On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, celebrated on 2 February 2009, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Ahmed Djoghlaf, delivered a message stressing the need for integrated management of land and water.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Notifies Agenda, Requests Nominations for March-April Bonn Talks [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

29 January 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a notification to parties and observer States to the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol on the upcoming seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7), and fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 29 March to 8 April 2009.

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