International Negotiations

UNGA General Debate Closes with Focus on Climate Change, SIDS and Rio+20 [viewed]

27 September 2011: The general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) closed on 27 September, with a number of speakers addressing the challenges posed by climate change, preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-LCA Submissions from India and the Philippines [viewed]

UNFCCC28 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published five submissions from India and one from the Philippines, which will be issued as conference room papers (CRP) to be considered by the third part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), which will take place in Panama City, Panama, from 1-7 October 2011.

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions to AWG-LCA 14 [viewed]

UNFCCC23 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published 12 submissions from parties, which will be considered by the third part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), which will be held in Panama City, Panama, from 1-7 October 2011. 

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West African Mayors Call for Increased Climate Action at the Local Level [viewed]

23 September 2011: The African Mayoral Conference on Climate Change-West African pre-COP 17 Congress concluded with the signing by over 80 mayors and chairmen of local governments of the African Mayors Climate Declaration. The event also served as a preparatory platform for West Africa's local authorities and their partners to prepare for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC).

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UNFCCC Publishes Agendas for Durban [viewed]

UNFCCC19 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional annotated agendas for 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17), the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7), and the 35th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA).

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AMCEN Special Session Endorses African Common Climate Position [viewed]

19 September 2011: African Ministers for the Environment met for the Fourth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and concluded with the adoption of the Bamako Declaration, which endorsed the African Common Position as the basis for negotiations at the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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UNGA High Level Event on Desertification Provides Input to COP 10 and UNCSD [viewed]

20 September 2011: Prior to the opening of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UNGA convened a High-level Meeting on addressing desertification, land degradation and drought in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. The outcome of the deliberations will feed into the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNFCCC Publishes Scenario Note for AWG-KP 16 Panama Session [viewed]

UNFCCC15 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a scenario note (FCCC/KP/AWG/2011/5) for the third part of the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), which will be held in Panama City, Panama, from 1-7 October 2011.

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UNFCCC Publishes List of Organizations Applying for Observer Status [viewed]

UNFCCC13 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a list (FCCC/CP/2011/2) of new intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non governmental organizations  (NGOs) that have expressed a wish to be represented at sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and its subsidiary bodies as observers.

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Green Climate Fund Transitional Committee Considers Role of Private Sector [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary13 September 2011: The third meeting of the Transitional Committee tasked with designing the UNFCCC's new Green Climate Fund made progress on concrete aspects of the functioning of the Green Climate Fund, including broad agreement on the importance of private sector engagement. 

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