International Negotiations

UN Security Council Debates Security Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 July 2011: The UN Security Council held its second thematic debate on “Maintenance of international peace and security: the impact of climate change,” on 20 July 2011, in New York, US. Many delegates expressed concern that adverse effects of climate change could aggravate existing threats to international peace and security. While noting that the loss of territory in some States due to sea-level rise, particularly in small, low-lying island States, could have security implications, the Security Council could not agree that it had a role to play in this regard.

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Event: Pre-UNFCCC COP 17 African Energy Ministers Conference [viewed]

Hosted by the Government of South Africa and endorsed by the African Union (AU), this conference seeks to provide input into the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The meeting will also work towards, inter alia, the development of a Sustainable Energy Access Road Map and a Joint Communique. Participants are also expected to address: mitigation; adaptation; regional interconnectivity; the scaling up of renewables; energy efficiency; and financing possibilities for sustainable options for increasing clean energy access in Africa.  

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-KP 16 Report [viewed]

UNFCCC19 July 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ KP/AWG/2011/4) of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) on the first and second parts of its 16th session, respectively held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 5-8 April 2011, and Bonn, Germany, from 7-17 June 2011.

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UNFCCC Publishes Written Inputs to AWG-LCA 14 [viewed]

18 July 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published 66 written inputs (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.8) from parties at the second part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14).

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Green Climate Fund Transitional Committee Agrees on Work Plan [viewed]

UNFCCC14 July 2011: The second meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) discussed the main objectives for the Fund, how it should be governed and how it could most effectively raise and deliver climate finance to developing countries.

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Youth Employment, Climate Change and UNCSD [viewed]

1 July 2011: The 17th session of the African Union (AU) Summit has adopted a decision on youth employment and other measures to support the Summit's theme "Youth empowerment for sustainable development," as well as decisions to prepare for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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CCCCC Update Takes Stock of Bonn Climate Change Conference [viewed]

CCCCC28 June 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the 10th issue of its monthly Climate Change News Update, which compiles international and regional climate change-related news. The issue features an article on the lack of agreement on key areas at the Bonn climate change talks, held from 6-17 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany.

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Policy Update #9: What Can a Deal in Durban Deliver? [viewed]

The recent negotiations in Bonn, Germany, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) offer clues about what might be achieved at the end-of-year conference in Durban, South Africa.

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Event: Second Informal Informal Consultations on the UNCSD Outcome Document [viewed]

This event was originally scheduled as the third of three "informal informal" consultations to negotiate the draft Outcome Document. The decision taken by the Bureau on 22 December 2011 canceled the February consultations, rendering this meeting the second informal informal consultation. The Bureau subsequently decided to schedule this event for two weeks, from 23 April-4 May.  

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