International Negotiations

BRICS Launch Development Bank [viewed]

vi-brics-summit16 July 2014: The Sixth BRICS Summit resulted in the establishment of the New Development Bank, which is to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies. The Summit also launched a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), and issued a declaration outlining the five countries' common position on a number of global issues, including climate change and sustainable energy.

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WTO Members Launch Talks on Environmental Goods [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)8 July 2014: Thirteen States and the EU, which together account for 86% of global trade in environmental goods, have announced the launch of plurilateral negotiations for an Environmental Goods Agreement under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Special Envoy on Climate Change [viewed]

mary-robinson14 July 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as his Special Envoy for Climate Change. Robinson was brought on to engage Heads of State and Government, help mobilize political will and action, and raise ambition in advance of the 2014 Climate Summit.

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Event: Sixth BRICS Summit [viewed]

The sixth Summit of the BRICS, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, will convene in Fortaleza and Brasília, Brazil, from 15-16 July, under the theme 'Inclusive Growth, Sustainable Solutions'. The Summit will discuss the establishment of the BRICS Development Bank, aimed at financing infrastructure and sustainable development projects, and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement for assisting countries of the bloc. Discussions will also be held on social inclusion and development. The Summit is expected to result in the signing of two primary financial agreements, an action plan for common social indicators methodologies, and the Fortaleza Declaration containing views of the group on matters on the international agenda and of cooperation within the BRICS. Preceding the Summit, meetings of the BRICS finance ministers, central bank governors and ministers of trade, the BRICS Business Forum and Business Council, and the BRICS Financal Forum will be held on 14 July in Fortaleza.  

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ADP Co-Chairs Reflect on June Session [viewed]

UNFCCC7 July 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a reflections note prepared by the Co-Chairs of the the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) on progress made at the fifth part of the second session of the ADP, as well as on the way forward.

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Event: 19th Meeting of the Major Economies Forum [viewed]

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will co-chair this meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. The MEF provides a platform for dialogue and political impetus bringing together the main greenhouse gas emitting countries. The 19th meeting will be co-hosted by the United States. Discussions will focus on issues related to the new global climate change agreement which is set to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 21) and 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) to be held in 2015 in Paris. The MEF meeting will be followed immediately by the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, which will gather Ministers from about 35 countries, co-hosted by Germany and Peru, and will serve as a preparatory meeting for COP 20 and CMP 10, which are to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.  

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

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system. The Rio+20 conference agreed in June 2012 to strengthen and upgrade UNEP through measures including universal membership of its Governing Council and ensuring the active participation of all relevant stakeholders. In March 2013, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly changed the designation of the Governing Council of UNEP to become UNEA, reflecting the intention to elevate its status.  

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G-77/China, Others Hold Side Events at First UNEA [viewed]

unea27 June 2014: The 50th Anniversary of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) was commemorated during the first meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 June 2014. The commemoration was one of over 40 UNEA side events, which also included discussions on air quality in African cities, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), sound management of chemicals and waste, illegal trade in wildlife, and green and decent jobs.

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Event: Bonn Climate Change Conference October 2014: ADP 2-6 [viewed]

The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) of the UNFCCC will convene the sixth part of its second session (ADP 2-6) from 20-25 October 2014. The ADP will continue its work along two workstreams, the 2015 agreement and pre-2020 ambition.  

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Event: Resumed Initial Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage [viewed]

The Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (Excom) will resume its work developing a draft initial two-year workplan during a continuation of its initial meeting, which was held 25-28 March 2014. The primary objective of the meeting will be to complete the draft workplan for consideration by Parties at the 41st sessions of the subsidiary bodies (SB 41) in December 2014. The Excom was mandated by the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC to guide the implementation of the functions of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. The composition and procedures of the Executive Committee will be decided at COP 20 in December 2014. The resumed initial meeting scheduled to take place on 31 July and 1 August has been postponed to a later date, exact dates to be confirmed.  

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