Governance

Indonesia Places Moratorium on Forest and Peatland Conversion [viewed]

15 June 2010: The Government of Indonesia has announced that it will place a two-year moratorium on the conversion of natural forests and peatlands. Beginning in 2011, no new conversion permits will be issued, although permits issued before 2011 will not be affected.

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CBD Launches Survey on Joint Activities Among Rio Conventions [viewed]

18 June 2010: The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched a survey to initiate consultations on possible joint activities among the three Rio Conventions, following a request by the 14th meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 14), held from 10-21 May 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Report of the 22nd Meeting of the JI Supervisory Committee Released [viewed]

17 June 2010: The Report of the 22nd Meeting of the Joint Implementation (JI) Supervisory Committee (JISC), which was held from 15-16 June 2010, in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the JI website. 

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IRENA Statute to Enter Into Force on 8 July 2010 [viewed]

11 June 2010: As of 8 June 2010, 25 countries had ratified the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Statute. IRENA's Statute enters into force one month after the 25th Signatory has ratified the Statute and deposited its instrument of ratification with the Depository. Accordingly, IRENA will become a fully-fledged international organisation on 8 July 2010.

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International Conference Carries Out Mid-Term Review of International Water Decade [viewed]

10 June 2010: Organized by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the UN, the High Level International Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005-2015, took place from 8-10 June 2010, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

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IEA Releases Brief on Benefits of Reducing Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

8 June 2010: Following the G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Governors' Meeting on 4-5 June 2010, in Busan, Republic of Korea, on the implementation of the G-20 Pittsburgh mandate to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a brief on fossil fuel subsidies based on data from 37 countries representing over 95% of global fossil fuel subsidization.

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UNECE Publishes Analysis for Policy Reforms to Promote Energy Efficiency [viewed]

June 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report titled "Regional Analysis for Policy Reforms to Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments."

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Event: UNEP Consultative Group of Ministers and High-Level Representatives on IEG [viewed]

This meeting will consider broader reform of international environmental governance. A second meeting is expected to take place in November 2010, possibly in Helsinki, Finland. The purpose of these meetings is to prepare a report to inform the next meeting of the UNEP Governing Council in February 2011 and provide input to the UNCSD (also called Rio+20) process.  

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UN-REDD Activities Support Safeguarding Multiple Forest Benefits [viewed]

7 June 2010: The UN-REDD Programme is supporting countries in their efforts to ensure that biodiversity and social safeguards are being met when implementing mechanisms for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+).

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New Co-Chair Appointed for UN Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

6 June 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, has accepted his invitation to become, with immediate effect, the Co-Chair of the UN High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing.

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