International Negotiations

Event: Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system. The Rio+20 conference agreed in June 2012 to strengthen and upgrade UNEP through measures including universal membership of its Governing Council and ensuring the active participation of all relevant stakeholders. In March 2013, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly changed the designation of the Governing Council of UNEP to become UNEA, reflecting the intention to elevate its status.  

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G-77/China, Others Hold Side Events at First UNEA [viewed]

unea27 June 2014: The 50th Anniversary of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) was commemorated during the first meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 June 2014. The commemoration was one of over 40 UNEA side events, which also included discussions on air quality in African cities, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), sound management of chemicals and waste, illegal trade in wildlife, and green and decent jobs.

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Event: Bonn Climate Change Conference October 2014: ADP 2-6 [viewed]

The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) of the UNFCCC will convene the sixth part of its second session (ADP 2-6) from 20-25 October 2014. The ADP will continue its work along two workstreams, the 2015 agreement and pre-2020 ambition.  

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Event: Resumed Initial Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage [viewed]

The Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (Excom) will resume its work developing a draft initial two-year workplan during a continuation of its initial meeting, which was held 25-28 March 2014. The primary objective of the meeting will be to complete the draft workplan for consideration by Parties at the 41st sessions of the subsidiary bodies (SB 41) in December 2014. The Excom was mandated by the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC to guide the implementation of the functions of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. The composition and procedures of the Executive Committee will be decided at COP 20 in December 2014. The resumed initial meeting scheduled to take place on 31 July and 1 August has been postponed to a later date, exact dates to be confirmed.  

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UN-REDD Highlights UNEA Events and Outcomes [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme1 July 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the July 2014 edition of its newsletter, which highlights a number of REDD+ related outcomes from the first UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA). In particular, the newsletter notes that during discussions on financing a green economy, REDD+ emerged as an opportunity for the promotion of sustainable development pathways.

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UN Secretary-General Climate Team Holds Summit 2014 Briefing [viewed]

climate-summit201427 June 2014: Selwin Hart, Director of the UN Secretary General's Climate Change Support Team, briefed Member States on the preparations for the Climate Summit 2014. He outlined the Summit's agenda, as well as the main focus areas for governments, the private sector and civil society organizations.

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First UNEA Session Adopts Resolutions and Decisions [viewed]

Outgoing GC-27/GMEF President Hassan Abdel Hilal congratulates incoming UNEA President Oyun Sanjaasuren27 June 2014: The first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) concluded with delegates from 160 countries adopting a decision and resolutions on, inter alia: strengthening the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) role in promoting air quality; the science-policy interface (SPI); ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA); implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development; illegal trade in wildlife; chemicals and waste; and marine debris and microplastics.

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Ministers at UNEA Adopt Outcome Document [viewed]

Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, poses for a photo with President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and ministers, heads of delegation and UN executive officers at UNEA's high level segment27 June 2014: The High-Level Segment of the first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) adopted a Ministerial Outcome Document pledging the promotion of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns and action against illegal trade in wildlife.

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International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV Discusses INDCs [viewed]

International Partnership for Mitigation27 June 2014: The 14th informal meeting of the International Partnership for Mitigation and MRV provided a forum for an exchange of views on the goal, purpose and process of a consideration or analysis phase for intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the 2015 agreement, as well as to obtain a common understanding of where things stand on the issue.

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UNEP's 'OurPlanet' Magazine Features UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

UNEPJune 2014: The theme of the June 2014 edition of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'OurPlanet' magazine is 'The First United Nations Environment Assembly' (UNEA), which is taking place from 23-27 June 2014. Touching on many of the key items of discussion at UNEA, the edition explores issues such as the role of cities in combating climate change, environmental planning in China and renewable energy opportunities in Africa.

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