International Negotiations

Guest Article #74: Adaptation After Durban [viewed]

The recently concluded 17th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 17) agreed on a number of seminal decisions to move forward the global agenda for climate change adaptation. However, a less visible yet equally impactful outcome is the subtle change in global orientation and outlook towards adaptation, an evolution which had already started at COP 16 in Cancun and was subsequently solidified by the Durban decisions. This change can be summed up as three major steps forward: towards a reinforced long-term commitment to adaptation action; towards consolidation and defragmentation; and towards predictability. 

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UNFCCC Releases Provisional Agenda for AWG-KP 17 [viewed]

2 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agenda for the 17th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 17), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 15-24 May 2012.

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UNFCCC Releases SBSTA 35 Report [viewed]

1 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the 35th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), which took place in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November - 3 December 2011 (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/5).

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IRENA Newsletter Details Results of Assembly, Pacific Leaders Meeting and WFES [viewed]

IRENAJanuary 2012: A Special Edition of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Newsletter highlights the results of three events related to the future of sustainable energy use – the Pacific Leader's Meeting, the Second Assembly of IRENA, and the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) – all of which focused on renewable energy strategies at regional and international levels.

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Businesses Gather for Summit on Sustainable Growth [viewed]

14 February 2012: KPMG International, in cooperation with the UN Global Compact, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), hosted a Summit on the Business Perspective for Sustainable Growth, at which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for business leaders' support in achieving “critical mass” for corporate sustainability.

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Quito Declaration Addresses Climate Issues [viewed]

6 February 2012: During the 18th Session of the Forum of Environment Ministers (FME18) of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries, in Quito, Ecuador, climate issues featured frequently in the FME's 31 January-1 February 2012 Preparatory Meeting of High-Level Experts and 2-3 February Ministerial Segment.

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-KP Report from Panama and Durban [viewed]

30 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/KP/AWG/2011/7) of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) on the third and fourth parts of its 16th session, held in Panama City, Panama, from 1-7 October 2011, and Durban, South Africa, from 29 November-10 December 2011.

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SPREP Issues First Fact Sheet on Building MEA Capacity in PICs [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)January 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has issued the first fact sheet in a series titled "Building MEA Capacity for Pacific Island Countries." The document is part of an EU project on “Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries”.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Action to Power Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary19 January 2012: Speaking on the final day of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres summed up the main outcomes of the Durban Climate Change Conference, describing the meeting as the “most encompassing and furthest reaching conference in the history of the climate change negotiations.”

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Event: G20 Summit 2012 [viewed]

The Group of 20 (G20) Summit of the world's twenty major economies will take place in Los Cabos, Mexico, and will be the first such summit to occur in Latin America. In its G20 Presidency role during 2012, Mexico has prioritized: economic stability and structural reform for growth and employment; strengthening of financial systems and procurement of financial inclusion for economic growth; improving international financial architecture in an interconnected global economy; mitigating negative effects on price level and volatility of commodities, in particular those affecting food security; and promoting sustainable development with a focus on infrastructure, energy efficiency, green growth and financing the fight against climate change.  

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