International Negotiations

UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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ADP Co-Chairs Outline March Session's Organization of Work [viewed]

UNFCCC21 February 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the scenario note for the fourth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 10-14 March 2014 (ADP.2014.2.InformalNote).

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GCF Makes Progress Towards Initial Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Green Climate Fund (GCF)22 February 2014: At its 6th meeting, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) adopted a number of key decisions that will shape the GCF's work streams and activities as it moves forward in its operations.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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US Outlines Views on 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

USA FlagFebruary 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the US submission on elements of the 2015 agreement, in which the US indicates its support for more ambitious efforts by a broad range of countries and the application of the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and capabilities (CBDR/RC), but not for a "bifurcated approach to the new agreement," in reference to groupings decided in 1992.

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Climate Change Programme in Eastern and Southern Africa Strengthens Capacity, Builds Resilience [viewed]

COMESA-EAC-SADC4 February 2014: The COMESA-EAC-SADC (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, East African Community, and the South African Development Community) Tripartite Programme Management Units of the Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa met to finalize its 2014 work plans and budgets and review progress for the last half of 2013.

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Event: Abu Dhabi Ascent [viewed]

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the Abu Dhabi Ascent, a high-level meeting to generate momentum for the 23 September Climate Summit being convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The two-day meeting will bring together ministers, as well as leaders from business, finance and civil society, to develop proposals for action and determine how their countries, businesses and organizations can increase their participation in initiatives that broaden and deepen partnerships, in order to deliver concrete action at the September Summit.  

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UNFCCC Releases ADP Summaries of Warsaw Workshops and Special Event [viewed]

UNFCCC6 February 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) released three documents summarizing two workshops and one special event organized under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference in November 2013.

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UNFCCC Releases COP 19 and CMP 9 Reports [viewed]

UNFCCC31 January 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the reports of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9). The reports contain the COP 19 and CMP 9 decisions taken at the Warsaw Conference and the proceedings from the sessions of COP 19 and CMP 9.

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Event: IRENA Africa Clean Energy Corridor High-Level Meeting [viewed]

This ministerial meeting is being convened to consider an Action Agenda for the Africa Clean Energy Corridor, an initiative launched at the third session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly in January 2013, with the objective of developing clean, indigenous, cost-effective renewable power to support Africa's economic development. The Ministerial Round Table will discuss: benefits of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor; countries' views on the opportunity to move to a renewable energy future; key challenges that countries will face in making the transition; whether countries are fully equipped to use their renewables resource potential; and whether the concept of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor provides the necessary elements to enable renewable energy transition.  

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