Governance

UNCCD Submits Proposal on Carbon Sequestration in Soils to AWG-LCA 5 [viewed]

UNCCD Submits Proposal on Carbon Sequestration in Soils to AWG-LCA 513 February 2009: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has submitted to the fifth Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) a proposal stressing the need to include in the UNFCCC negotiation agenda practical approaches, such as biochar-related (charcoal) mitigation, focusing on increased land productivity.

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UNFCCC Releases Information Note on Pre-sessional Meetings and Workshop of AWG-KP 7 and AWG-LCA 5 [viewed]

Negotiations in 2009 leading to Copenhagen

12 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has prepared an information note on pre-sessional meetings and workshops of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) that will take place in Bonn, Germany (CAS/INF/FEB/09).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Review of Belgium's GHG Inventory [viewed]

February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories of Belgium submitted in 2007 and 2008 (FCCC/ARR/2008/BEL).

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New Chair of the CDM Executive Board Stresses Role of International Emissions Offsetting in Response to Climate Change [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat11 February 2009: The first meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB) in 2009 is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 11-13 February 2009. At the meeting, in assuming the Chair of the CDM EB, Lex de Jonge underlined the need to scale up and enhance the CDM to release its full potential, underlining that it stimulates investment in green growth in developing countries, engages the private sector in climate change action, and provides countries with some flexibility in meeting their emission reduction targets.

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UN Secretary-General Reviews Travels, Confirms High-Level Meeting on Climate Change in September 2009 [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

10 February 2009: In a press conference given at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon provided an overview of his recent travels. He recalled that in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, he spoke on climate change and stressed the need for “global leadership of the highest order” to complete the negotiations in December in Copenhagen. He also mentioned that in Delhi, India, at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, he argued for “green growth” or a Green New Deal that stimulates economic growth and fights climate change by investing in renewable energy. He indicated that he would carry this theme forward at the upcoming G-20 summit meeting in London, UK, on 2 April.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Advance Reports from Poznan [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

4 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two reports from sessions held in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008: the Report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol on its resumed sixth session and the Report of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation on its 29th session. 

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Party Submissions [viewed]

6 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released submissions by the Republic of Korea, detailing the proposals to: establish a Registry of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) of developing countries at the UNFCCC Secretariat as part of the agreed outcome to be adopted at COP 15 in Copenhagen in December 2009; and recognize carbon credit for the verifiable mitigation arising from certain NAMAs as is agreed and contained in paragraph 1(b)(ii) of the Bali Action Plan.

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German Chancellor, OECD, WTO, ILO, IMF and World Bank Issue Joint Statement on the Global Economic Situation: Climate Change to Remain a Top Priority [viewed]

Joint statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of five international organizations, including the OECD, ILO, IMF, WTO and the World Bank

5 February 2009: After a meeting held on 5 February 2009, in Berlin, Germany,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Heads of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank issued a joint statement on the global economic situation, in which they stress the need for the worldwide fight against climate change to remain “a top priority.”

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UNEP Report Highlights Climate Change's Threat to Water Sources [viewed]

 Hundreds of Millions of South Asians Face Increasing Water Stress

6 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Asian Institute of Technology have produced a report titled “Freshwater Under Threat: South Asia,” which highlights, inter alia, the threat climate change poses to the freshwater supply of hundreds of millions of people.

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Informal Consultations on Draft UNGA Resolution on Security and Climate Change Held [viewed]

6 February 2009: In a closed meeting convened by the Permanent Mission of Tonga and the Pacific Small Island Developing States, informal consultations were held on 6 February 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on the UN General Assembly (UNGA) draft resolution on “Security and climate change” (A/63/L.8).

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