International Negotiations

UNFCCC Publishes SBI Notification for Bonn Session [viewed]

18 May 201: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a notification (CAS/AGEN/SBI/PART/MAY/11) concerning the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 34), containing the agenda for the meeting and information on the mandated in-session workshops and events to be held during the session.

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EU Ministers Discuss Next Steps in International Climate Finance [viewed]

17 May 2011: The European Council of Economic and Financial Affairs adopted conclusions on key issues and next steps in international climate finance, including the endorsement of an updated final report on fast-start finance provided in 2010, emphasizing that it confirms that the EU and its member States have mobilized EUR2.34 billion in 2010 as part of a broader commitment to provide EUR7.2 billion cumulatively over the period 2010-12.

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UNFCCC Issues Note on Bangkok Workshop Report [viewed]

17 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note (FCCC/KP/AWG/2011/INF.1) containing information on the report on the workshop on assumptions and conditions related to the attainment of economy-wide emission reduction targets by developed country parties.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBI Agenda for Bonn Session [viewed]

16 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annotated provisional agenda (FCCC/SBI/2011/1) for the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which reflects that decision 1/CP.16 (The Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the Work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention) provides direction for the implementation of the long-term cooperative action under the Convention that will require coordination among the various bodies undertaking related tasks.

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CSD 19 Concludes Without Agreement [viewed]

14 May 2011: The 19th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 19), which convened from 2-14 May 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, focused on developing policy recommendations related to transport, chemicals, hazardous waste, mining and the 10-year framework of programmes (10YFP) on sustainable consumption and production (SCP), but concluded without adopting these decisions. 

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IPCC's 33rd Session Establishes Executive Committee, Accepts Summary for Policy Makers of SRREN [viewed]

13 May 2011: The 33rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has decided to establish an Executive Committee, adopted a Conflict of Interest Policy, and introduced several changes to its rules of procedure. IPCC 33 also accepted the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) of the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) approved by Working Group III.

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UNFCCC Publishes Additional SBI Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

13 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published further documents that will be considered by the 34th session of the  Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls on Governments to "Pick up Speed and Focus on All Fronts" [viewed]

12 May 2011: During a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, noted that governments are "seriously examining" ways of avoiding a "regulatory void" if the Kyoto Protocol is "allowed to lapse without a replacement mechanism in place by December 2012."

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UNFCCC Publishes Further SB Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

9 May 2011: The UNFCCC has published documents for consideration by the 34th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA), which will take place from 6-16 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany.  

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US, Canada and Mexico, and Federated States of Micronesia Propose HFCs Phase-down Under Montreal Protocol [viewed]

May 2011: The Ozone Secretariat has released documents in the lead up to the upcoming 31st Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) meeting, scheduled to convene in Bangkok, Thailand, in August 2011. The documents include a proposal from the US, Canada and Mexico, and one from the Federated States of Micronesia, to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol.

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