International Negotiations

Bangkok Informal Sessions Address Outstanding Issues Ahead of Doha [viewed]

ADP Co-Chairs Harald Dovland, Norway, and Jayant Moreshwar Mauskar, India, being congratulated by Haldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat at the close of AWG-ADP.7 September 2012: The informal additional sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), which convened in Bangkok, Thailand, constituted the last official negotiating sessions before the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place at the end of 2012, in Doha, Qatar.

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Guest Article #83: Climate Change and Wetlands: Implications for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands [viewed]

Following intensive deliberations in Bucharest, Romania, in July 2012, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands adopted Resolution XI.14 on Climate Change and Wetlands, acknowledging the significance of climate change for the ecosystem services that wetlands can deliver to human societies. This is the third Ramsar Resolution that affirms the potential implications of climate change for the conservation and wise use of wetlands, and it reiterates the commitment of Contracting Parties to addressing all issues affecting the maintenance and wise use of the values that wetlands provide to people.

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Nordic Council of Ministers Paper Calls for Increasing Efficiency of UNFCCC Negotiations [viewed]

16 August 2012: A paper released by the Nordic Council of Ministers assesses the “state-of-play” of ongoing negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and identifies proposals for improved efficiency in the process. The paper explores the organization of work and strategic oversight of the UNFCCC, decision making processes and processes outside of the UNFCCC.

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Additional Sessions of the AWGs Open in Bangkok [viewed]

30 August 2012: The informal additional sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) opened on 30 August 2012. The aim of the sessions is to enable the bodies to continue work from the Climate Change Talks held in May 2012, in Bonn, Germany, and to advance preparations for the resumed sessions of the ad hoc working groups to be convened in Doha, Qatar, at the end of the year.

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UNFCCC Releases Paper on Quantified Economy-wide Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

23 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a technical paper, titled "Quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets by developed parties to the Convention: assumptions, conditions, commonalities and differences in approaches and comparison of the level of emission reduction efforts" (FCCC/TP/2012/5).

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on Various Approaches [viewed]

24 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a technical paper on various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, bearing in mind different circumstances of developed and developing countries (FCCC/TP/2012/4). The document may assist Parties in their elaboration of modalities and procedures under this agenda item with a view to recommending decisions for adoption by the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18). 

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Cartagena Dialogue Discusses Expectations Ahead of Bangkok and Doha [viewed]

20 July 2012: The Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action (Cartagena Dialogue) met in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to discuss key questions ahead of the upcoming informal additional sessions of the Ad Hoc working groups (AWGs) to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 30 August to 5 September 2012, and the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to be held in Doha, Qatar, at the end of 2012.

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Event: Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe [viewed]

The Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests 2) is scheduled to take place from 3-7 September, in Bonn, Germany.  

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Montreal Protocol OEWG 32 Concludes Without Agreement on HFCs [viewed]

27 July 2012: The 32nd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 32) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) considered two proposals to amend the Montreal Protocol related to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs): the first by the Federated States of Micronesia; and the second by the US, Canada and Mexico. Parties were unable to reach consensus on establishing a contact group on the proposals.

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshop Report on Increasing the Level of Ambition [viewed]

20 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ADP/2012/INF.1) of the in-session workshop on increasing the level of ambition, carried out in accordance with Durban Decision 1/CP.17 (AWG-LCA Outcome).

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