International Negotiations

UNFCCC Reports on Long-term Climate Finance Workshop [viewed]

UNFCCC22 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a summary report on the discussions held during an in-session workshop on long-term finance, which took place from 11-12 June 2014, in Bonn, Germany. The report (FCCC/CP/2014/3) contains information on the workshop proceedings, and summaries of its sessions on scaling up climate finance, and enabling environments and support needs.

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UNFCCC Releases COP 20 and CMP 10 Provisional Annotated Agendas [viewed]

UNFCCC22 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released provisional annotated agendas for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 10) to be held in Lima, Peru, from 1-12 December 2014.

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EU Climate Action Commissioner Hosts Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change [viewed]

European Union 21 September 2014: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change, focusing on progress on the UN climate change negotiations, was hosted by EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. The roundtable was held in the lead-up to other major climate events held in New York, including the 20th meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) and the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit.

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Climate Week NYC Opens with Focus on Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

climate-week-nyc22 September 2014: Convened by the Climate Week NYC organizer The Climate Group, jointly with CDP, the opening day of the major, week-long event in New York, US, attracted the participation of global leaders from policy and business, and heard announcements of new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments from business and subnational governments. The event also marked the launch of a renewable energy campaign, a pro-mitigation business coalition, and a report on innovative climate and energy policies.

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Major Economies Forum Convenes Foreign Ministers [viewed]

MEF21 September 2014: The 20th Meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF) convened on the side lines of the 2014 Climate Summit in New York, US, and marked the Forum's first-ever foreign minister's meeting. The meeting was hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, together with Foreign Minister of Peru Gonzalo Gutierrez and Foreign Minister of France Laurent Fabius.

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UNFCCC Outlines Options on Meeting Frequency [viewed]

UNFCCC19 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note on the various options relating to the frequency and organization of the sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP), the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and their subsidiary bodies. The preparation of the note (FCCC/SBI/2014/11) was mandated by the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40).

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UNGA 68 Takes Stock of Input to Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

UNGA12 September 2014: The UN General Assembly conducted a stock-taking on the post-2015 development agenda, with a high-level meeting to gather contributions to the forthcoming synthesis report of the UN Secretary-General.

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Event: 2015 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

This Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting will bring together ministers of the Arctic States and high-level representatives of the indigenous Permanent Participant organizations to set the Council's objectives for the next two years. The 2015 Ministerial Meeting will mark the conclusion of Canada's and the beginning of the United States' chairmanship, which will last from 2015-2017. The April 2015 meeting will be preceded by an event in Ottawa, Canada, on 23 April 2015 to showcase the Council's accomplishments during Canada's chairmanship.  

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Event: 20th Meeting of the Major Economies Forum [viewed]

The 20th Meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) will take place on 21 September in New York, US. The event, which will mark the first-ever MEF foreign ministers' meeting, will be hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry. It will seek to build political will and a sense of common cause to address climate change as a foreign policy priority. Secretary Kerry will seek to encourage participating countries to explore fresh ideas to capture climate co-benefits, and come forward with robust climate targets in 2015 in order to help reach an ambitious international agreement.  

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Habitat III PrepCom Recognizes Urbanization as Key to Sustainable Development [viewed]

UN-HABITAT18 September 2014: Participants called for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements at the first Preparatory Committee for the 2016 UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). They recognized Habitat III as an opportunity to create a coherent, integrated urban agenda and ensure urbanization's contribution to sustainable development, particularly within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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