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Ozone Meeting Begins Discussion on HFC Phase-Down [viewed]

Launch of the “Transition to CFC-free inhalers Awareness Package for National Ozone Units in developing countries.” L-R: Patrick McInerney, (Australia); Maqsood Akhtar, (Pakistan); Marco González, Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary; Rajendra Shende, UNEP OzoneAction; and Helen Tope, Co-Chair Medical Options Committee, Australia.20 July 2009: The 29th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 29) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 15-18 July 2009. Discussions at OEWG 29 were dominated by consideration of a proposal submitted jointly by the Federated States of Micronesia and Mauritius (UNEP/OzL.Pro.WG.1/29/8) to amend the Montreal Protocol to include destruction of ozone depleting substance (ODS) banks and phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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CDM Executive Board Report Published [viewed]

© UNFCCC18 July 2009: The report of the 48th meeting of the Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which was held from 14-17 July 2009, in St. Georges, Grenada, is now available. Participants considered, inter alia: matters relating to the registration of CDM projects; accreditation of operational entities; and methodologies for baselines and monitoring plans.

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IMO Circulates Interim Measures to Reduce GHG from International Shipping [viewed]

© IMO17 July 2009: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held its 59th session from 13-17 July 2009, in London, UK, and agreed to circulate interim voluntary measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping. The MEPC also issued a work plan of market-based instruments to offset growing emissions in other sectors and to serve as an incentive for the industry to invest in more fuel-efficient technologies.

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CBD Report on Impacts of Ocean Fertilization on Marine Biodiversity Open for Peer-Review [viewed]

© CBD16 July 2009: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), has prepared a report on the potential impacts of direct human-induced ocean fertilization on marine biodiversity.

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Final Determination Regarding a JI Project Design Document (PDD) and Publication of a JI PDD [viewed]

© UNFCCC15 July 2009: The project design document (PDD) for the Joint Implementation (JI) project “Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Project at GP Nitric Acid Plant in AB Achema Fertiliser Factory” has been deemed final, pursuant to decision 9/CMP.1 (JI guidelines), which provides that a PDD determination shall be deemed final 45 days after the date on which it is made public, unless a request for its review is submitted. The period for requesting a review of the determination regarding this PDD has ended, and the determination is therefore deemed final.

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WMO and WFP Sign MoU [viewed]

© WMO16 July 2009: On 8 July 2009, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which reflects shared concerns about climate change issues and the relation between climate and meteorological aspects on the one hand, and hunger, nutrition and food security on the other.

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Ozone Secretariat Convenes Two Climate Change-Related Workshops [viewed]

© The dais during the openening of OEWG-2916 July 2009: The Ozone Secretariat convened a workshop on the management and destruction of ozone-depleting substance (ODS) banks and the implications for climate change on 13 July 2009, followed by a workshop for a dialogue on high global warming potential alternatives to ODS on 14 July 2009. Both meetings were held in Geneva, Switzerland, in advance of the 29th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG-29) to the Montreal Protocol, which is taking place from 15-18 July 2009.

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GEF Replenishment Meeting Addresses Climate Change Programming Strategy [viewed]

© GEF16 July 2009: The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) second meeting for the fifth replenishment of resources (GEF 5) addressed several issues that will guide GEF 5, including a strategy to enhance engagement with the private sector, a corporate programmes strategy, and a results-based management framework.

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Press Conference on Climate Talks at G8 Summit Held at UN Headquarters [viewed]

15 July 2009: At a press conference on the results of the recent meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) and the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which took place in Italy, Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, underscored that countries still had some “formidable differences” to bridge in order to “seal a deal” in Copenhagen in December. Among the key outcomes of these meetings, he referred to: the two degrees Celsius target endorsed by the leaders attending; the agreement to establish a global partnership to drive transformational low-carbon, climate-friendly technologies; the promise to increase dramatically the necessary investments in research and development; and the consideration of establishing a “Green Fund.”

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UN Secretary-General Calls for the Non-Aligned Movement's Support to Move Toward a Greener Economy [viewed]

© NAM15 July 2009: In a speech to the High-Level Segment of the 15th Non-Aligned Movement Summit, which took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 15-16 July 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that, just as when the Non-Aligned Movement was founded, the world today faces complex crises threatening development and security. He pointed to the severe economic and financial crisis, and the effort to “Seal the Deal” on climate change in Copenhagen later this year.

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