International Negotiations

Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification [viewed]

technologyupdate15 July 2016: The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer.

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Event: MedCOP Climate 2016 [viewed]

MedCOP Climate 2016 will be held in advance of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), and aims to: contribute to international efforts to fight climate change from a regional perspective; act as a platform for dialogue and consultation among stakeholders across the Mediterranean region; strengthen solidarity among stakeholders; and determine best practices and innovative mechanisms for changing individual and collective behaviors. The meeting will bring together approximately 2000 representatives from 22 Mediterranean countries, the private sector, civil society, and regional and international organizations to: highlight existing climate initiatives in the region; formulate innovative ideas through local, national and regional networks; enable stakeholders to present and discuss the development of their projects; and raise awareness regarding the benefits of and need for climate action in the Mediterranean region. MedCOP 2016 also aims to: monitor commitments approved during the first MedCOP, held in Marseille, France, in June 2015; affirm the relevance of the Mediterranean dimension in combating climate change; and prepare a Mediterranean action plan, enabling the implementation of a mitigation and adaptation roadmap. The conference is organized by the Government of Morocco, the Union for the Mediterranean, and the COP 21 and COP 22 Presidencies, among others. The MedCOP convenes every year in advance of the UNFCCC COP.  

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue VII Builds Momentum toward Paris Agreement Implementation [viewed]

germany_morocco5 July 2016: During the seventh Petersberg Climate Dialogue, themed 'Making the Paris Agreement a Reality,' the 35 countries in attendance focused on swift implementation of the Paris Agreement. The German hosts announced a global partnership to support the implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and indicated their intent to conclude the steps in the German ratification process before the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) in November 2016.

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Policy Update #34: July 2016 Monthly Forecast [viewed]

In July 2016, the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will hold its first meeting since governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All eyes will be on its discussions regarding follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the presentations of the first governments to volunteer for national reviews of their progress in implementing the SDGs.

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Event: Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.  

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Event: 7th Petersberg Climate Dialogue [viewed]

The Dialogue is hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Originally an initiative of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first Dialogue was held in May 2010 as a follow-up to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) and in preparation for COP 16. Representatives from all regions of the world gather at the Dialogue for informal discussions in support of the UNFCCC negotiating process. The Dialogues are chaired by Germany and the president of the upcoming COP, which will be Morocco in 2016.  

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Event: First Alliances and Coalitions Global Forum [viewed]

The Forum is being organized by the incoming Moroccan Presidency of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) in collaboration with the French Presidency of COP 21, the UN Secretary-General, the UNFCCC and Peru. The Forum's aim is to lay the groundwork for the organization of the high-level event on climate action, scheduled to take place during COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. It will also provide the opportunity for: the strengthening of coordination of climate action and encourage new voluntary initiatives; coalitions to discuss their implementation and plans for Marrakesh, and possible cooperation and synergies; the high-level champions to showcase their vision and expectations to maintain action and strengthen voluntary initiatives to accelerate the pathway from 2 °C to 1.5 °C. Parties and non-governmental stakeholders will also discuss ways to: strengthen the links between national action plans and voluntary initiatives, as well as the organization of the voluntary initiatives themselves; improve access to data; and share good practices. Key themes for discussion include: the strengthening of initiatives and means of implementation: the link between voluntary initiatives, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); credibility and a reporting system; the high-level event on climate action in Marrakesh; organizational support to maintain the dynamics of voluntary action. An aide-memoire capturing the discussions will be produced and published after the forum.  

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Event: 35th Meetings of the CCAMLR Commission and Scientific Committee [viewed]

The 35th Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) Scientific Committee will convene concurrently with the 35th Meeting of the CCAMLR Commission to discuss the conservation of Antarctic marine life. The Scientific Committee will convene from 17-21 October. The Commission meeting will take place from 17-28 October. The Scientific Committee and its subsidiary groups are the main avenue for scientific advice in CCAMLR, with the Convention requiring the Commission to take full account of the Scientific Committee's recommendations and advice. The Commission serves as CCAMLR's main decision-making body. Mark Belcher, United Kingdom, will serve as the Chair of the Scientific Committee Meeting and Dmitry Gonchar, the Russian Federation, will chair the Commission Meeting.  

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: SB 44 Outcomes Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement, GEF Establishes CBIT Trust Fund [viewed]

UNFCCC - GEF - UNITAR18 June 2016: The 44th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44) and the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1) were held in Bonn, Germany, from 16-26 May 2016. The sessions presented the first opportunity for Parties to consider Paris mandates on capacity building and technology development and transfer, including the terms of reference (ToR) for the Paris Committee on Capacity-building, the Paris Agreement's technology framework, and the scope and modalities for the periodic assessment of the Technology Mechanism in the context of how it serves the Paris Agreement.

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GEF Council Marks 25th Anniversary, Approves Work Program for US$398.68 Million, CBIT Trust Fund [viewed]

gef509 June 2016: The 50th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which marked the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the GEF, approved a Work Program comprising 38 project concepts and four programmatic frameworks, with total resources amounting to US$398.68 million. In addition, the GEF Council established a new trust fund for the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), which was created in response to a request by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, as reflected in the decision adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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