Governance

UN Deputy Secretary-General Urges EU to Step up Climate Change Investments [viewed]

© UN15 April 2009: Addressing the “High-Level Meeting on the UN and the EU: Building an Effective Multilateralism,” which took place on 14 April 2009, in Barcelona, Spain, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro underlined that the economic, food and energy crises, as well as climate change, are exacerbating the problems faced by developing countries.

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Capacity-Building for SBI 30 [viewed]

14 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two documents on capacity-building that will be examined by its Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) at its 30th session, scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany, from 1-10 June 2009.

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Adaptation Planning and Action for SBSTA 30 [viewed]

9 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released submissions by parties and relevant organizations on approaches to and experiences in integrating and expanding adaptation planning and action at national, subnational, community and local levels, and lessons learned, good practices, gaps, needs, and barriers and constraints to adaptation (FCCC/SBSTA/2009/MISC.4).

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Green Growth in Korean Herald Op-Ed [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon13 April 2009: In an op-ed column published in the Korean Herald, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that this year presents the opportunity to address “the two most vexing challenges of our time,” namely climate change and the economic crisis, at the same time. He explained that solutions to address climate change can catalyze green growth, the foundation for long-term economic prosperity.

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Event: 20th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO)/2nd World Forest Week [viewed]

COFO 2010 will focus on, inter alia: the Global Forest Resources Assessment; forest biodiversity, fire and water in the context of climate change; emerging opportunities and challenges in forest finance and forest governance; programme priorities for FAO's forestry activities; and the International Year of Forests 2011.  

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UNFCCC Bonn Talks Conclude [viewed]

© Chair Zammit Cutajar gavels the meeting to a close8 April 2009: The fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) and the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) concluded on 8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany. Among other decisions, parties decided to convene two additional meetings in 2009 and they mandated the new AWG-KP Chair John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) to prepare a proposal for amendments to the Kyoto Protocol under Article 3.9 (Annex I further commitments) and a text on other issues, such as LULUCF and the flexibility mechanisms.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Workshop Report on Opportunities and Challenges for Mitigation in the Agricultural Sector [viewed]

© UNFCCC7 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the workshop report on opportunities and challenges for mitigation in the agricultural sector (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/CRP.2), which was held in Bonn, Germany, on 4 April 2009, during the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Addendum on Ideas and Proposals on the Elements Contained in Paragraphs 1 of the Bali Action Plan [viewed]

7 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/MISC.1/Add.4) to document FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/MISC.1 and Add.1.3, comprising two further submissions on ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraphs 1 of the Bali Action Plan.

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UN PFII to Consider Climate Change Policies' Compliance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples' Standards [viewed]

© UN PFIIApril 2009: The seventh session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UN PFII), which took place from 21 April-2 May 2008, on the theme of “Climate change, biocultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role report of indigenous peoples and new challenges,” recommended the preparation of a report on whether climate change policies and projects adhere to the standards set forth in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The nominated UN PFII special rapporteurs, Hassan Id Balkassm and Paimaneh Hasteh, have prepared a concept note for this study, which seeks to capture the concerns expressed by indigenous peoples at being excluded from the development of national policies and programmes on climate change and from participating in the international dialogue under the UNFCCC (E/C.19/2009/5). The concept note, which recommends a set of issues to be addressed in the report, will be considered by the eighth session of the UN PFII to be held at UN Headquarters, New York, US, from 18-29 May 2009.

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UN Secretary-General to IPU Assembly: Parliamentarians Play Crucial Role in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

© IPU5 April 2009: In a message delivered to the 120th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), held from 5-10 April 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help maintain the momentum to address climate change in face of the current economic crisis.

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