International Negotiations

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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EU Adopts Negotiating Position for Durban [viewed]

10 October 2011: The Council of environment ministers of the EU adopted conclusions establishing the EU position for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, in which they stress the need to agree on a global and comprehensive legally-binding framework as soon as possible to keep the increase of global temperature below 2°C compared to the pre-industrial level, guaranteeing legal certainty, predictability, reciprocity and comparability.

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Event: UNITAR Workshop on Environmental Negotiations and Climate Change Diplomacy [viewed]

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is organizing this workshop as part of its 2011 Negotiation Training Series. It is designed to equip delegates, particularly those from developing countries, least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), with the skills and knowledge they need to perform efficiently in environmental sustainability and climate change-related negotiations at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD), negotiation processes under the UNFCCC, and other fora.  

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