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9 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional annotated agendas for the 30th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) (FCCC/SBSTA/2009/1) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) (FCCC/SBI/2009/1), which will convene from 1-12 June 2009, in Bonn, Germany.
6 March 2009: Speaking at the noon press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Yvo de Boer reported on his recent meetings with high-level US officials in Washington, DC, US. The Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC said he had been “very encouraged” by his meetings with representatives of both Houses of Congress on the prospects for the passage of climate change legislation, as well as with senior Cabinet members. He pointed to Congress' support to set up a US cap-and-trade scheme and to provide financial support to developing countries to make the transition to a low-carbon pathway.
UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Parties' Submissions on Legal Implications Arising from Work of AWG-KP [viewed]
March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released four submissions on views on the legal implications arising from the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) pursuant to Article 3, paragraph 9, of the Kyoto Protocol. It received the submissions from Belarus, the Czech Republic on behalf of the EU, Japan and New Zealand. Article 3.9 states that commitments for subsequent periods for parties included in Annex I shall be established in amendments to Annex B and the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties shall initiate consideration of such commitments at least seven years before the end of the first commitment period.
4 March 2009: In his address to the National Climate Change Response Policy Development Summit in South Africa, Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), expressed concern with the slow international response to mitigate climate change. The Summit is taking place from 3-6 March 2009, in Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa.
March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing a Technical Workshop on Integrating Practices, Tools and Systems for Climate Risk Assessment and Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies into National Policies and Programmes from 10-12 March 2009, in Havana, Cuba.
4 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note prepared in response to a request made by the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) at its sixth session, held in August 2008, containing possible elements for amendments to the Protocol pursuant to its Article 3, paragraph 9 (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/3). This Article relates to the consideration of commitments for subsequent periods for Annex I parties, which are to be established through amendments to Annex B. Annex B consists of a list of parties together with their respective quantified emission limitation or reduction commitments expressed as a percentage of base year or period.
4 March 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the International Alliance of Women, IUCN, the UN Environment Programme, the Gender and Climate Change Alliance, the Heinrich Boll Foundation and the Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics, held an event on “The Climate Change Negotiations: an Action Agenda” on 3 March 2009, at UN Headquarters, in New York, US. The event was held in parallel to the 53rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW53), which is convening from 2-13 March 2009.
March 2009: The UNFCCC has released the report of the individual review of the GHG inventory of Austria submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/AUT). The expert review team (ERT) finds that Austria has submitted a complete set of common reporting format tables for 1990-2006 and a national inventory report. The submission is complete in terms of geographical coverage, years and sectors, as well as in terms of categories and gases. The inventory is generally in line with Revised 1996 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, with the IPCC good practice guidance, with the IPCC good practice guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF), and is generally complete and of a high quality.
March 2009: At a special meeting held in Bonn, Germany, from 24-26 February, the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT) discussed and finalized three advanced reports on: performance indicators for technology development and transfer; identification and analysis of existing and new financing resources and relevant vehicles for the development and transfer of technologies; and long-term strategy to support the development and transfer of technologies.