International Negotiations

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Speeding Up Global Action to a Low-emission Future [viewed]

UNFCCC21 November 2012: Prior to its opening, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, must deliver on objectives to speed up global action towards a low-emission future where everyone has the chance of a sustainable life.

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IICA Calls for Priority Attention to Agriculture in Climate Talks [viewed]

20 November 2012: The Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Victor Villalobos, circulated a "technical note" to Agriculture Ministers throughout the Americas regarding the place of agriculture in the climate change negotiations during the 18th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

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COP 18 Opens in Doha [viewed]

26 November 2012: The 2012 UN Climate Change Conference has opened in Doha, Qatar. The meeting will include the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 8). The Conference will run from 26 November-7 December 2012.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Developed Countries' Reporting Guidelines [viewed]

UNFCCC19 November 2012: The UNFCCC published a workshop report on a common tabular format (CTF) for the UNFCCC biennial reporting guidelines for developed country Parties (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.13), which was developed during a workshop organized by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

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UNFCCC AWG-LCA Chair Releases Scenario Note for Doha Session [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2012: The Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA), under the UNFCCC, released a scenario note for the second part of the 15th session to be held in Doha, Qatar, from 27 November-7 December 2012 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/4). 

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ICAO Council Forms High-Level Group on Market-Based Measures, EU ETS "Stops the Clock" on Aviation [viewed]

15 November 2012: At the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council meeting on 9 November 2012, Council members agreed to form a High-level Group to provide recommendations related to the feasibility of a global market-based measure (MBM) scheme for greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and to develop a policy Framework to guide the general application of any proposed MBM for air transport activity.

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MOP 24 Adopts 19 Substantive Decisions, Fails to Reach Agreement on HFC Amendment [viewed]

16 November 2012: The 24th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 24) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer adopted 19 substantive and 11 procedural decisions. Decisions addressed, inter alia: the review by the Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP) of RC-316c; procedural issues related to the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) and its subsidiary bodies; budget; and data and compliance issues.

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GEF Council Approves Work Program with Ten Climate Change Projects/Programs [viewed]

15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and benefits 63 countries. Ten of the projects and programs approved focus on climate change.

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AWG-KP Chair Releases Scenario Note for Doha [viewed]

UNFCCC12 November 2012: The Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) has released a scenario note for the second part of the 17th session of the AWG-KP that will resume in Doha, Qatar, on 27 November 2012 (FCCC/KP/AWG/2012/4).

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Policy Update #13: Scenarios and Sticking Points under the Durban Platform: The Long and Winding Road to 2020 [viewed]

Given the outcomes of COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, and subsequent negotiating sessions in Bonn and Bangkok in 2012, achieving “success” under the newly formed Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) is proving to be a formidable task. Nonetheless, Parties have begun to envision a future where all major emitters may be under the same “mitigation tent.”

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