Governance

UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Copenhagen Offers “Window of Opportunity” We Cannot Afford to Miss [viewed]

Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

17 March 2009: Speaking at “Carbon Market Insights 2009,” which is taking place from 17-19 March 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, noted that, although carbon prices are projected to decrease in 2009 due to the financial crisis, the carbon market has not collapsed. He added that its future depends on “the level of ambition of industrialized countries.” Recognizing that the Poznan Climate Change Conference of December 2008 had not been marked by any major political outcomes, he noted that it made progress in a number of specific areas of work, including the operationalization of the Adaptation Fund, the streamlining and speeding up of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and the full endorsement of an intensified negotiating schedule for 2009.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Information Note on Potential Consequences of Implementing Tools, Policies, Measures and Methodologies [viewed]

16 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an information note (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/INF. 3) to facilitate deliberations on potential environmental, economic and social consequences, including spillover effects, of implementing tools, policies, measures and methodologies available to Annex I parties, taking into account the submissions and views received.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Party Submissions on Potential Consequences of Implementing Tools, Policies, Measures and Methodologies [viewed]

13 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.4) containing countries' submissions of views on the potential environmental, economic and social consequences, including spillover effects, of tools, policies, measures and methodologies, available to Annex I parties.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases New AWG-KP Document on Possible Improvements to Emission Trading and Project-Based Mechanisms [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

12 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/INF. 2) on a further elaboration by the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) of possible improvements to emission trading and the project-based mechanisms, namely the clean development mechanism (CDM) and joint implementation (JI) under the Kyoto Protocol.  

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Parties' Submissions on Consideration of the Scale of Emission Reductions to be Achieved by Annex I Parties [viewed]

12 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released submissions by parties on “Consideration of the scale of emission reductions to be achieved by Annex I Parties in aggregate, of the contribution of Annex I Parties individually or jointly, consistent with Article 4 of the Kyoto Protocol, to the scale of emission reductions to be achieved by Annex I Parties in aggregate, and of other relevant issues arising from the implementation of the work programme of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol as contained in document FCCC/KP/AWG/2008/8, paragraph 49 (c)” (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/MISC.1).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Information for Participants to Bonn March/April Meetings [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

16 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an information document for participants attending the upcoming seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP7) and the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA5), which will be held from 29 March-8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNFCCC Workshop Formulates Recommendations Regarding Climate-Related Hazards, Sectoral and National Level Planning [viewed]

16 March 2009: The Workshop on Integrating Practices, Tools and Systems for Climate Risk Assessment and Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies into National Policies and Programmes convened from 10-12 March 2009, in Havana, Cuba. The workshop took place under the aegis of the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change, which was established in 2006 under the UNFCCC. The event was held in collaboration with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and brought together approximately 80 participants, representing governments, UN agencies and constituted bodies, academia, and non-governmental organizations.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Wealthy Nations to Adopt “Green” Stimulus Packages [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

13 March 2009: On the occasion of the 31st annual Lions Day at the UN, celebrated in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained that he will attend the G20 Summit in April in London, UK, where he would remind leaders of the developed world of the need to fulfill their promises to the most vulnerable people and for their stimulus packages to be “green” in order to help combat climate change by including investments in clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases LULUCF Document [viewed]

12 March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a document (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/INF.1) that elaborates on how to address, where applicable, the definitions, modalities, rules and guidelines for the treatment of land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) under the Kyoto Protocol. The elaboration builds on annex III to the report of the AWG-KP on the first part of its sixth session, annex IV to the report of the AWG-KP on its resumed fifth session, and relevant information submitted by parties.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for “Climate-Proofing” the MDGs [viewed]

UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro

11 March 2009: In a speech titled “Navigating the Shifting Sands of Globalization,” delivered at a conference convened jointly by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, in Dar es Salaam, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro underlined the need to acknowledge the gravity of the current challenges facing Africa, including climate change and the food and energy crises.

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