International Negotiations

IEA and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Warn Against Risk of Failing to Reach the 2º Target [viewed]

30 May 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released estimates showing that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from world energy generation reached record levels in 2010, and that 80% of projected 2020 emissions from the power sector are already locked in, in the form of existing power plants or those under construction.

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EU-Japan Summit Focuses on Climate Change, Green Growth and Energy [viewed]

28 May 2011: President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, and Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan reaffirmed the close partnership between the EU and Japan and discussed climate change, green growth and energy at the 20th EU-Japan Summit.

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UNPFII Focuses on Free, Prior and Informed Consent [viewed]

27 May 2011: The 10th Session of the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 16-27 May 2011, focused on reviewing progress made on issues ranging from economic and social development to the environment, and whether indigenous peoples have given free, prior and informed consent to decisions affecting their communities, and human rights issues. 

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G8 Summit Adopts Deauville Declaration [viewed]

27 May 2011: The Leaders of the G8 met in Deauville, France, from 26-27 May 2011, to discuss, inter alia, green growth, climate change and biodiversity. The Summit concluded with the adoption of the G8 Declaration titled "Renewed Commitment for Freedom and Democracy."

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Expert Workshop on Technology Mechanism [viewed]

26 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/INF.2) by the Chair of the expert workshop on the Technology Mechanism, held in conjunction with the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14).

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World Health Assembly Considers Progress on Climate Change, MDGs [viewed]

24 May 2011: The 64th World Health Assembly, which met from 16-24 May 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland, considered progress on the World Health Organization's (WHO) work on climate change and health and adopted, among other decisions, several resolutions and reports in support of health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UNFCCC Publishes Scenario Note for AWG-LCA 14 [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the scenario note (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/6) on the second 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 from 7-17 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany.

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UNFCCC Announces Proposed COP 17 President-Designate [viewed]

24 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, will be proposed as President-Designate of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) and the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 7).

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GEF Marks 20th Anniversary [viewed]

23 May 2011: To mark the 20th anniversary of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the GEF organized a gala reception on the eve of the 40th meeting of the GEF Council.

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UNFCCC Publishes Scenario Note for the Second Part of AWG-KP 16 [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the scenario note (FCCC/KP/AWG/2011/3) for the second part of the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16), which aims to share with delegations reflections on the first part of the 16th session and to inform them of the proposed organization of work for the second part.

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