International Negotiations

UNFCCC Releases Report on Developed Countries' Reporting Guidelines [viewed]

UNFCCC19 November 2012: The UNFCCC published a workshop report on a common tabular format (CTF) for the UNFCCC biennial reporting guidelines for developed country Parties (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.13), which was developed during a workshop organized by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

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UNFCCC AWG-LCA Chair Releases Scenario Note for Doha Session [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2012: The Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA), under the UNFCCC, released a scenario note for the second part of the 15th session to be held in Doha, Qatar, from 27 November-7 December 2012 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/4). 

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ICAO Council Forms High-Level Group on Market-Based Measures, EU ETS "Stops the Clock" on Aviation [viewed]

15 November 2012: At the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council meeting on 9 November 2012, Council members agreed to form a High-level Group to provide recommendations related to the feasibility of a global market-based measure (MBM) scheme for greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and to develop a policy Framework to guide the general application of any proposed MBM for air transport activity.

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MOP 24 Adopts 19 Substantive Decisions, Fails to Reach Agreement on HFC Amendment [viewed]

16 November 2012: The 24th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 24) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer adopted 19 substantive and 11 procedural decisions. Decisions addressed, inter alia: the review by the Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP) of RC-316c; procedural issues related to the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) and its subsidiary bodies; budget; and data and compliance issues.

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GEF Council Approves Work Program with Ten Climate Change Projects/Programs [viewed]

15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and benefits 63 countries. Ten of the projects and programs approved focus on climate change.

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AWG-KP Chair Releases Scenario Note for Doha [viewed]

UNFCCC12 November 2012: The Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) has released a scenario note for the second part of the 17th session of the AWG-KP that will resume in Doha, Qatar, on 27 November 2012 (FCCC/KP/AWG/2012/4).

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Policy Update #13: Scenarios and Sticking Points under the Durban Platform: The Long and Winding Road to 2020 [viewed]

Given the outcomes of COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, and subsequent negotiating sessions in Bonn and Bangkok in 2012, achieving “success” under the newly formed Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) is proving to be a formidable task. Nonetheless, Parties have begun to envision a future where all major emitters may be under the same “mitigation tent.”

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Australia Outlines Conditions for Joining Kyoto Protocol's Second Commitment Period [viewed]

9 November 2012: Australia's Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, has announced that Australia is ready to join a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon commended Australia for expressing readiness to join a second commitment period, and called on all governments to take decisive steps to address climate change at the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. 

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Event: CBD COP 12 [viewed]

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will engage in a mid-term review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Aichi targets. The theme of the meeting will be 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.' The Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 7) will take place immediately before COP 12.  

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ADP Co-Chairs Release Note on Doha Session [viewed]

UNFCCC5 November 2012: The Co-Chairs of the Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) have released an informal note aimed at assisting delegates in preparing for the upcoming second part of the first session of the ADP, which will convene in Doha, Qatar, in conjunction with the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, to be held from 27 November-7 December 2012. The note outlines suggested goals and ideas for the session.

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