International Negotiations

ACT 2015 Outlines Legal Suggestions for Paris Agreement [viewed]

act_201512 May 2015: The Agreement on Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015) has released a working paper on legal suggestions for UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiators to secure a successful outcome in Paris. The paper, titled ‘Getting Specific on the 2015 Climate Change Agreement: Suggestions for the Legal Text with an Explanatory Memorandum,' was prepared by a consortium that comprises leading research institutions and universities that have come together to catalyze discussion and build momentum ahead of Paris.

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Caribbean Countries Call for Effective 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

Declaration_of_Fort_de_France9 May 2015: Emphasizing the interdependence of the planet's ecosystems and its inhabitants, 13 Caribbean Heads of State and Government have issued a call for an effective global agreement to be agreed at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The leaders state that climate change, with its consequences already being felt, is a strong illustration of the world's interdependence and a reminder of the need to take on collective responsibility to solve the problem together, in solidarity.

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Co-Facilitators Identify 21 SDG Targets for Revision [viewed]

post20157 May 2015: The Co-Facilitators of the intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda have issued a revised proposal on targets for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The revised proposal, which addresses 21 targets, under 11 SDGs, is expected to be discussed at the fifth intergovernmental negotiation session, convening on 18-22 May 2015.

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ADP Co-Chairs Release June Session Scenario Note [viewed]

UNFCCC5 May 2015: The Co-Chairs of the UNFCCC's Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) have released their scenario note for the ninth part of the Group's second session (ADP 2-9), to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 1-11 June 2015. In the note (ADP.2015.3.InformalNote), Co-Chairs Ahmed Djoghlaf and Daniel Reifsnyder describe the objective of the meeting as "constructive negotiations" on the basis of the positions contained in the negotiating text agreed at ADP 2-8 in Geneva, Switzerland, in February 2015.

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ASEAN Summit Adopts Declaration on Climate Change and Resilience [viewed]

Asean27 April 2015: The Heads of State and Government of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have signed a declaration committing to economic, social, cultural, physical and environmental measures that will reduce vulnerability to disaster and climate-related risks. The signatories pledge their intention to systematically mainstream disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation into policy making at the local, national and regional levels through multistakeholder engagement.

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Event: Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 PCCR, a bi-annual meeting of regional and national governments, organizations and donors involved in climate change activities in the Pacific, aims to: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review implementation of the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against its agreed monitoring and evaluation indicators; strengthen networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) and their partners on climate change and sustainable development; and discuss the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP). Following the meeting, Pacific Island countries will hold a closed preparatory meeting on 15 May 2015 for the June 2015 UNFCCC negotiations.  

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IEA Flagship Report Calls for Clean Energy Innovation [viewed]

energy_technology_perspectives4 May 2015: The latest edition of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Energy Technology Perspectives stresses that concerted action on innovation in clean energy is the only way for the world to meet its climate goals. The report, which examines long-term trends in the energy sector globally also finds significant, untapped potential for accelerating research and development in clean technologies, and describes supportive policy and market frameworks and increased investor confidence as priority deliverables.

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Expectations Ahead of Paris Conference [viewed]

MEF21 April 2015: The 21st meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) brought together ministers and officials from 15 major economies, as well as from Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Marshall Islands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the UNFCCC Secretariat and the UN Secretary-General's office, as well as the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

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Montreal Protocol OEWG 35 Agrees to Work Intersessionally on HFC Management [viewed]

iisdrrs_owg3524 April 2015: The 35th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 35) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer concluded with Parties' agreement to continue to work intersessionally in an informal manner to study the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This work will aim to initiate contact group discussions on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, at OEWG 36.

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FfD-Post-2015 Joint Session Debates Synergies, Technology, Ambition [viewed]

iisdrs_in424 April 2015: Delegates to the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which convened as a joint meeting with the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) process, debated how the two processes should relate to each other. Some said the FfD3 process should comprise the means of implementation (MOI) section of the post-2015 development agenda, while others viewed them as warranting distinct outcomes.

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