International Negotiations

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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Ramsar Convention Releases Report of STRP 16 [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Secretariat) has released the report of the 16th meeting of the Convention's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP), which took place in Gland, Switzerland, from 14-18 February 2011.

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Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Discusses Prospects for Durban Climate Change Conference [viewed]

27 April 2011: The tenth meeting of the Leaders' Representative level of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate was hosted by the European Commission and took place in Brussels, Belgium, from 26-27 April 2011.

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IPCC Releases Documents Ahead of 33rd Session [viewed]

1 May 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold its 33rd session from 10-13 May 2011, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and will be preceded by the 11th session of the IPCC Working Group (WG) III, from 5-8 May.

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First Meeting of Green Climate Fund Transitional Committee Opens [viewed]

28 April 2011: Opening the first meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, highlighted the Committee's task "to propose a design that will make the Green Climate Fund the window into a new era of vastly greater financing for climate action in the developing world."

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA Agenda for Bonn [viewed]

28 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annotated provisional agenda (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/1) for the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

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UNFCCC Publishes Corrigendum to Cancun Report [viewed]

20 April 2011: The UNFCCC  Secretariat has published a corrigendum (FCCC/CP/ 2010/7/Corr.1) to the report of the Conference of the Parties on its 16th session (COP 16), which convened in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November-10 December 2010. The corrigendum, under proceedings, concerns lists of representatives who made statements at the high-level segment. 

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ASB and IISD Develop Platform for South-South Exchange on REDD+ [viewed]

April 2011: The Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins at the World Agroforestry Centre (ASB-ICRAF) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have developed a platform for building capacity for REDD+(reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) negotiators and stakeholders in Africa and Asia.

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Event: Major Economies Forum: Brussels April 2011 [viewed]

The Brussels meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) is co-hosted by Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, and Michael Froman, US Deputy National Security Adviser for international economic affairs. This is the first MEF session since the Cancún Climate Change Conference. The agenda includes implementation of the Cancún Agreements, climate finance, the legal form of a future global climate framework, the Kyoto Protocol, and goals for the Durban Climate Change Conference.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Stresses the Role of EU Leadership in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

19 April 2011: Addressing the High-level Inter-parliamentary Debate on Climate Change at the European Parliament, in Brussels, Belgium, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observed that, in spite of all its encouraging outcomes, Cancun did not solve key political questions.

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