International Negotiations

US, Canada and Mexico, and Federated States of Micronesia Propose HFCs Phase-down Under Montreal Protocol [viewed]

May 2011: The Ozone Secretariat has released documents in the lead up to the upcoming 31st Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) meeting, scheduled to convene in Bangkok, Thailand, in August 2011. The documents include a proposal from the US, Canada and Mexico, and one from the Federated States of Micronesia, to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol.

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Fourth LDC Conference Opens in Istanbul [viewed]

9 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government and international organizations' representatives, are gathering in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from 9-13 May 2011. The meeting aims to assess the implementation of the 2001 Brussels Programme of Action and reach a new agreement to continue supporting the 48 countries classified as LDCs.

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Caribbean Community's Climate Update Focuses on Green Climate Fund [viewed]

5 May 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the seventh issue of its Weekly News Update on Climate Change, featuring international and regional news on climate change-related issues.

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UNCCD Publishes Issue 3.1 of UNCCD News [viewed]

3 May 2011: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published the latest issue of its UNCCD News publication. Issue 3.1 reviews the outcomes of the second special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) and the ninth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 9), which took place in February 2011, in Bonn, Germany, and reviews China's anti-drought measures, among other topics.

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UNFCCC Publishes Interim Financial Statements for 2010-2011 [viewed]

2 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the interim financial statements (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.3) for the biennium 2010-2011, as at December 2010.

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UNFCCC Publishes Article 2.3 and Article 3.14 Synthesis Document [viewed]

2 May 201: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document (FCCC/SB/ 2011/1) synthesizing information and views on issues that could be addressed at the joint workshop on matters relating to Article 2, paragraph 3 (adverse effects of policies and measures) and Article 3, paragraph 14 (adverse effects) of the Kyoto Protocol.

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African Development Ministerial Discusses Climate Change, Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Follow-up Meeting, which convened in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-2 May 2011, addressed economic development, climate change and low-carbon growth, and sustainable development in Africa.

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BRICS Leaders Adopt Sanya Declaration [viewed]

14 April 2011: The Third BRICS (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) Leaders' meeting was held in Sanya, China, on 14 April 2011, under the theme "Broad Vision, Shared Prosperity.” Participants discussed growth and development, and energy and climate change, among other issues.

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UNFCCC Holds Expert Workshop on the Technology Mechanism [viewed]

5 April 2011: Further to the request of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC at its 16th session (COP 16) in December 2010, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) has organized an expert workshop on the new Technology Mechanism established by COP 16.

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CSD 19 Opens in New York [viewed]

2 May 2011: The 19th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 19) opened in New York, US, on 2 May 2011, and will run through 13 May 2011. This session will negotiate policy decisions related to the thematic cluster of transport, chemicals, hazardous waste, mining and the 10-year framework of programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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