International Negotiations

UNITAR Organizes South African Workshop in Preparation for COP 17 [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in partnership with South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation, held a training workshop on climate change diplomacy for officials from various government ministries.

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UNFCCC Publishes Adaptation Committee Submissions [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published 34 submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.1) from parties on views on the composition of, and modalities and procedures for, the Adaptation Committee, including linkages with other relevant institutional arrangements.

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UNECE Holds Workshop on Participation in International Forums [viewed]

7 March 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has reported on a two-day workshop, which convened from 23-24 February 2011, on public participation in international forums (PPIF), including at the latest session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and in the Rio 2012 process.

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Event: Fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention [viewed]

This meeting is the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). It will seek to provide an opportunity to discuss public participation in international forums, the procedure for accession to the Convention by States from outside the UNECE region, and the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development. The latter is the theme of the high-level segment on 1 July 2011. The meeting is expected to adopt the draft Chisinau Declaration on the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development, as a contribution to the UNCSD process.  

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CSD Preparatory Meeting Addresses Climate, SIDS and Transport Issues [viewed]

4 March 2011: The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 19) took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 28 February-4 March 2011.

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BASIC Ministers Discuss Cancun Outcome [viewed]

28 February 2011: The Sixth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change was held from 26-27 February 2011, in New Delhi, India. In line with the "BASIC-plus" approach, representatives from Argentina (as Chair of G-77/China), Algeria and Maldives were also in attendance.

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Event: Climate Change Legal Negotiations: Implications for Forest Governance, Equity and Livelihoods [viewed]

The UN University (UNU) is organizing this event focused on legal negotiations in climate change. During the event, a panel will discuss mechanisms for access and benefit sharing related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including lessons for climate change legal negotiations from access and benefit sharing agreements. The panel will also discuss the implementation of global environmental agreements within local realities and highlight experiences of communities from different tropical regions in addressing the challenge of ensuring development objectives in an equitable and just manner.  

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UNFCCC Releases April Meeting Documents [viewed]

4 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional agendas (AS/AGEN/PART/FEB/11) for the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16) and the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), scheduled to take place from 5-8 April 2011, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Cancun Agreements Form a "Solid Foundation" [viewed]

2 March 2011: Addressing a climate change symposium organized by the Japan Institute of International Affairs, in Tokyo, Japan, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, highlighted the outcomes of the Cancun Climate Change Conference and shared her views on the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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UNFCCC Releases SBI and SBSTA Cancun Reports [viewed]

1 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the 33rd sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 33) (FCCC/SBI/2010/2) and of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 33) (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/13), held in Cancun, Mexico, from 30 November to 4 December 2010.

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