Governance

Event: 18th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

This biennial meeting of Environment Ministers is organized by the regional office of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Preparatory Meeting of High-Level Experts will take place from 31 January-1 February 2012, and will be followed by the Ministerial Segment on 2-3 February. Among other things, the Ministers are to review the implementation of the Rio 1992 commitments and agreements, and deliberate on new, emerging and priority issues for the region and other issues on the road to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Ministers are also expected to discuss cooperation on sustainable consumption and production, environmental indicators, and the way forward in negotiating a regional framework agreement on atmospheric pollution that includes emissions of short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) such as methane, black carbon, ozone precursors, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  

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Event: UNU Conference on Earth System Governance [viewed]

The Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference will be jointly hosted by the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), the International Environmental Governance Architecture Research Group and the Tokyo Institute of Technology on behalf of the Earth System Governance Project. It will focus on the following five thematic areas: architecture of Earth system governance in the 21st century; climate governance architecture; the nexus between architecture and the other “As”; political dynamics on emerging agencies and architecture; and nuclear safety and post-disaster governance.  

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New Latin America and Caribbean Forum Adopts Declaration of Caracas and Action Plan [viewed]

6 December 2011: The founding Summit of Heads of State and Government from 33 Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries has agreed that the newly formed Community of LAC States (CELAC) shall work together to take common positions and form regional strategies in a variety of policy areas, including energy.

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Event: UNFCCC COP 22 [viewed]

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is scheduled to take place from 7-18 November 2016. During COP 22, parties will, inter alia, begin preparations for entry into force of the Paris Agreement.  

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Canada Withdraws from Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

12 December 2011: The Government of Canada has announced its formal withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol. In a statement delivered in the Canadian House of Commons, Peter Kent, Canadian Minister for the Environment, stated that "we are invoking our legal right to formally withdraw from Kyoto. This decision formalizes what we have said since 2006 that we will not implement the Kyoto Protocol."

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ITTA, 2006 Enters into Force [viewed]

12 December 2011: The International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA), 2006 entered into force on 12 December 2011 with the ratification of the agreement by the Government of Benin. ITTA, 2006 takes the place of its predecessor agreement, ITTA, 1994.

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Durban Conference Sets Pathway to More Inclusive 21st Century Climate Regime [viewed]

11 December 2011: The UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, concluded with the adoption of a set of decisions covering a wide range of topics, notably the establishment of a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, a decision on long-term cooperative action under the Convention, the launch of a new process towards an agreed outcome with legal force applicable to all parties to the Convention, and the operationalization of the Green Climate Fund.

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Event: UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2015, in Paris, France.  

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Event: UNFCCC COP 20 [viewed]

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2014 in Peru. Venezuela has offered to host a pre-COP ministerial meeting,  

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UN/ISDR Announces Adoption of Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the adoption of the Durban Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government. The Charter was agreed during the three-day Durban Local Government Convention, which took place from 2-4 December 2011, in Durban, South Africa.  

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