International Negotiations

Discussions Begin on Modalities, Substance of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga694 November 2014: Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, convened the first informal meeting of the plenary on the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. After a second informal meeting on 10 November, the co-facilitators will be able to plan next steps in the process, Kamau said.

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IRENA Council Holds Eighth Meeting [viewed]

IRENA4 November 2014: The 8th meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Council convened from 3-4 November, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to provide guidance to the Agency's programmes and activities, and to decide on the agenda for the IRENA Assembly in 2015. The Council also discussed strategies to increase the Agency's engagement in global climate action, and received three new permanent representatives.

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SE4ALL Global Facilitation Office Launched in Vienna [viewed]

SE4ALL3 November 2014: The Global Facilitation Office of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative was launched on 3 November, in Vienna, Austria, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The establishment of the office represents a key step in the institutionalization of SE4ALL, which seeks to ensure universal energy access, a doubling of the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, and a doubling of the rate of energy efficiency improvements globally, by 2030.

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Event: Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-8) [viewed]

The 8th part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) of the UNFCCC will convene from 8-13 February 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

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COP 20 Presidency Holds Stakeholder Dialogues in Lima [viewed]

limacop2030 October 2014: A three-day dialogue event was organized by the Presidency of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, which brought together leaders from Peruvian civil society organizations and their international counterparts in preparation for COP 20.

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UNDP Updates Iberoamerican Climate Negotiators Manual [viewed]

manual del negociador10 October 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Spanish Government, has published the second edition of its manual for Ibero-American climate change negotiators, titled‘Manual del Negociador de Cambio Climático Iberoamericano,' which provides up-to-date information on a number of essential issues for Spanish-speaking negotiators from Latin America and the Caribbean.

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UNFCCC Reports on Gender Composition [viewed]

UNFCCC28 October 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the gender composition of constituted bodies established under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol. The report (FCCC/CP/2014/7) was mandated by the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC.

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IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Approves Polar Code Provisions [viewed]

IMO20 October 2014: The 67th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved provisions of the draft International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and adopted draft amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The meeting also adopted resolutions supporting the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), and considered a greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions study, energy efficiency in ships, and issues relating to fuel consumption and quality.

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ADP Prepares for Lima [viewed]

adp625 october 2014: The sixth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-6) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) focused on preparing key documents for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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IPCC-40 Begins its Work on the SYR [viewed]

IPCC27 October 2014: The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) opened at the Tivoli Conference Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates and synthesizes the findings from the three working group reports that comprise the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The Panel is expected to approve, line by line, the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) and adopt the longer SYR section by section. More than 800 authors and review editors from 85 countries have participated in the preparation of AR5 over the past six years.

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