International Negotiations

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Turning Cancun Agreements into Action [viewed]

1 March 2011: Addressing the media in Tokyo, Japan, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on governments to transform the Cancun Agreements into tangible action on the ground, and provide clarity on the future of the Kyoto Protocol.

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CPF Calls for Greater Role for Women in Forest Management [viewed]

1 March 2011: In advance of International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a press release highlighting that women are the main users of forests in developing countries, but that they are often not included in management decisions.

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CARICOM Leaders Identify Climate Change Priorities [viewed]

26 February 2011: The 22nd Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in St. George's, Grenada, on 25-26 February 2011. The Communiqué issued at the conclusion of the meeting includes a section on climate change priorities for the region.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Tokyo Symposium [viewed]

28 February 2011: Speaking at a symposium organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), in Tokyo, Japan, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, emphasized that all parties have to be "on-board" in order for greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations to be stabilized.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Assesses Significance of the Cancun Agreements [viewed]

26 February 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has posted online  an assessment of the Cancun Agreements by Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary.

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UNEP GC 26/GMEF Discusses Green Economy, International Environmental Governance [viewed]

27 February 2011: The 26th session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC 26/GMEF) convened from 21-24 February 2011, at the UN Office in Nairobi, Kenya.

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UNCCD Subsidiary Bodies Review Monitoring and Assessment Indicators [viewed]

25 February 2011: The second special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) and the ninth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 9) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have concluded their reviews of intersessional work to follow-up on decisions related to impact and performance indicators.

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UNFCCC Receives Submissions from Parties [viewed]

February 2011: Parties to the UNFCCC have responded to a call for submissions of information and views reflecting  the outcomes of the recent sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP), the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP), the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long- term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP).

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Event: From Local to Rio: Linking Women's Low-Carbon Initiatives with Sustainable Development Policy [viewed]

This side event at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, is being organized by the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA). The event aims to highlight key issues of gender and technology and build support from the women's community for work at the next negotiating sessions of the UNFCCC, Rio 2012 and beyond. This event will draw attention to the roles of women as inventors, managers and distributors of low-emission technologies in the context of promoting sustainable development and effective climate change responses. Panelists will present successful projects on the ground and connect to women's leadership in a green economy, and highlight UN Women's goals in the context of Rio 2012. Panelists include: H. Elizabeth Thompson, UN Assistant Secretary General and Executive Coordinator of Rio 2012; Nereidge Segala, Farmer and President of Ser do Sertao, Pintadas, Brazil; Lucy Wanjiru, Programme Specialist, Gender and Environment, UNDP Gender Team; and Gail Karlsson, Senior Policy Advisor, ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy.  

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Event: 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum [viewed]

The Governing Council of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) decided in February 2011 to hold the 12th special session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS 12/GMEF) from 20-22 February 2012. During the meeting, UNEP will launch the GEO-5 Summary for Policy Makers, on 20 February.  

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