International Negotiations

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Highlights the Role of Progressive Business in Climate Change [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary9 November 2011: Delivering the Robert Schuman Lecture at the Eco-Innovation Summit in Brussels, Belgium, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres stressed the need for the "full transformation of the global economy onto a low emissions pathway," noting that it can be achieved on a step-by-step basis and needs to be driven by international policy.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Launch of Green Climate Fund in Durban [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General8 November 2011: In a speech delivered to a “Friends on Climate Change” group breakfast, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his expectations ahead of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year, stressing the need for Durban to "at least" complete what was agreed in Cancun.

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G20 Cannes Summit Calls for Fossil Fuel Subsidy Phase-out and Successful Climate Negotiations [viewed]

G204 November 2011: The Group of 20 (G20) Leader's Summit in Cannes concluded with the adoption of a declaration that addresses energy markets, green growth, and climate change, among other issues. Leaders called for rationalizing and phasing-out perverse fossil fuel subsidies, and reiterated their committment to a successful outcome at the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year.

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Policy Update #10: Insanity, Death and Climate Change [viewed]

Insanity has famously been described as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Does this maxim apply to the UN climate negotiations? If so, are those of us flying to Durban later this month about to join an exercise in mass madness?

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BASIC Ministers Outline Expectations Ahead of Durban [viewed]

1 November 2011: The ninth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with a joint statement in which ministers agreed that the Durban Climate Change Conference should achieve a comprehensive, fair and balanced outcome to enable the full, effective and sustained implementation of the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol.

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WRI, UNEP Release Paper on Climate Regime Design [viewed]

24 October 2011: The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with the support of the Government of Ireland, have released a working paper titled “Building the Climate Regime: Survey and Analysis of Approaches.” The paper outlines various options put forward by governments, NGOs and academics for designing a climate regime capable of delivering adequate mitigation action.

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UNCCD COP 10 Adopts Decisions on GM Governance, Scientific Advice and Indicators [viewed]

21 October 2011: Delegates at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10), which convened from 10-21 October 2011, in Changwon City, Republic of Korea, adopted 40 decisions, including on addressing the governance of the Convention's Global Mechanism (GM), scientific advice, and performance and impact indicators.  

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Draft Green Climate Fund Governing Instrument Forwarded to Durban [viewed]

UNFCCC18 October 2011: The fourth meeting of the Transitional Committee (TC 4) for the design of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) aimed to conclude discussions for the design of the GCF ahead of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Sustainable Development and Climate Change in Switzerland [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General17 October 2011: During an official visit to Switzerland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed climate change and sustainable development issues with government officials, highlighting crucial upcoming meetings in each area.

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POPs Review Committee Adopts 12 Decisions, Sets Up Working Groups for Emerging Issues [viewed]

14 October 2011: The seventh meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 7) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) addressed a number of emerging concerns, in addition to reviewing substances nominated for listing in the Stockholm Convention's annexes, and established intersessional working groups to address the emerging issues that go beyond the Committee's usual scope.

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