Governance

UNFCCC Publishes Report of Expert Workshop on Technology Mechanism [viewed]

26 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/INF.2) by the Chair of the expert workshop on the Technology Mechanism, held in conjunction with the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14).

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World Meteorological Congress Reappoints WMO Secretary-General [viewed]

25 May 2011: The World Meteorological Congress reappointed Michel Jarraud for a four-year term as the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Congress also elected David Grimes (Canada) as President, Antonio Divino Moura (Brazil) as First Vice-President, Mieczyslaw Ostojski (Poland) as Second Vice-President, and Abdalah Mokssit (Morroco) as Third Vice-President.

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UNESCO's Executive Board Calls for Developing a Biodiversity Initiative [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has confirmed its call for UNESCO to develop a coherent Biodiversity Initiative encompassing all areas of competence and work of UNESCO – natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. The Initiative will focus on the underlying drivers of biodiversity erosion and loss, and will encompass actions aimed at providing assistance to UNESCO member States underpinning the implementation of the UN system-wide Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

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Ramsar Signs Cooperation Agreement with Partner Organizations [viewed]

20 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) for 2011-2017 with its five International Organization Partners (IOPs).

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UNFCCC Publishes Paper on Appeals Against CDM Board Decisions [viewed]

17 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a technical paper (FCCC/TP/2011/3) on procedures, mechanisms and institutional arrangements for appeals against the decisions of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which takes into account the proposals on the matter contained in the 2010 annual report of the Executive Board of the CDM (FCCC/KP/CMP/2010/10), the statutes and rules of procedure of a number of international tribunals, and relevant technical literature.

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CBD April Bulletin Highlights Meetings of Joint Liaison Group, Biodiversity Conventions Group [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has published its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for April 2011, which indicates that the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions has formalized the terms of reference of modus operandi of the group, identified joint high-level activities for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the 20th anniversary of the Conventions in 2012, and agreed on new and revised joint publications on climate change adaptation, forests and gender.

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New UNEP Deputy Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

13 May 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Amina Mohamed (Kenya) as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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IPCC's 33rd Session Establishes Executive Committee, Accepts Summary for Policy Makers of SRREN [viewed]

13 May 2011: The 33rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has decided to establish an Executive Committee, adopted a Conflict of Interest Policy, and introduced several changes to its rules of procedure. IPCC 33 also accepted the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) of the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) approved by Working Group III.

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Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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UNEP Announces Opening of Regional Office of Global Green Growth Institute [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) announced the opening of a regional office of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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