International Negotiations

Event: Inaugural Meeting of High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development [viewed]

The inaugural meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will take place on 24 September 2013. This will be the first formal meeting of the HLPF since a decision was taken to establish the forum at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) in June 2012. The HLPF aims to follow up on the implementation of sustainable development, and to build on the strengths, experiences, resources and inclusive participation modalities of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), and to replace the Commission. The draft agenda is available online.  

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ADP Continues Discussing Elements for a 2015 Agreement and Pre-2020 Ambition [viewed]

world-conference-center-bonn6 May 2013: “Countries discussed concrete solutions to speed up and scale up action and they are committed to sticking to their own timetable,” said Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, reporting on discussions held during the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2).

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UNFCCC Publishes Corrigendum to COP/MOP 8 Report [viewed]

UNFCCC18 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat published a corrigendum to the report of the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 8) (FCCC/KP/CMP/2012/13/Add.2/Corr.1).  

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Event: UNCCD COP 11 [viewed]

UNCCD COP 11 will take place from 16-27 September 2013 in Windhoek, Namibia, under the theme “A stronger UNCCD for a Land-Degradation Neutral World”. Convened at the halfway point of the 10-Year Strategy of the UNCCD (2008-2018) the meeting will review progress made in the implementation of the Strategy. Delegates will also consider the outcome of the second and preparations for the third UNCCD Scientific Conferences and reports of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) and the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC). Other agenda items include, inter alia: follow-up to the outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) outcome on land degradation, desertification and drought; improving mechanisms to facilitate regional coordination of the implementation of the Convention; programme and budget for the biennium 2014-2015; progress in the implementation of the comprehensive communication Strategy; revised procedures for the accreditation of civil society organizations and private sector representatives in meetings and processes of the UNCCD; and maintenance of the roster of experts. Under institutional arrangements, delegates will discuss, among other issues, new housing arrangements for the Global Mechanism, including a revision of the Memorandum of Understanding with the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and collaboration with the Global Environment Facility.  

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LDCs to "Take the Lead" on Climate Change [viewed]

25 March 2013: Representatives from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group met from 22-23 March 2013, in Kathmandu, Nepal, to reflect on the outcome of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, in Doha, Qatar, as well as to define priorities, goals and a strategy for the challenges ahead.

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UNFCCC Adaptation Committee Kicks-off Work Plan Implementation [viewed]

UNFCCCApril 2013: At its second meeting, the Adaptation Committee (AC) elaborated next steps in the implementation of its three-year work plan agreed at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, held in Doha, Qatar, in 2012.

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Event: 25th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

MOP 25 is scheduled to consider a number of issues, including nominations for critical- and essential-use exemptions. On 3 May 2013, the Ozone Secretariat announced the change in venue from Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine to Bangkok, Thailand. The dates are unchanged.  

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UNFF10 Opens, Recognizes the Value of Forests [viewed]

8 April 2013: The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10) opened on 8 April 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey, with initial statements emphasizing the need to recognize the multiple values of forests, as well as the linkages of forests to sustainable development and poverty alleviation. The theme of UNFF10 is 'Forests and Economic Development.'

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ADP Co-Chairs Release Information Note for April Session [viewed]

UNFCCC4 April 2013: The Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), Jayant Moreshver Mauskar (India) and Harald Dovland (Norway), released an information note for the second ADP session to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 29 April-3 May 2013. The note aims to assist delegates in preparing for the session and includes suggested goals, ideas and proposals for organizing the work.

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Event: 33rd Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

This meeting will consider issues related to the implementation of the Montreal Protocol in preparation for the 25th Meeting of the Parties (MOP25) scheduled to convene in November 2013.  

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