International Negotiations

First UNCSD PrepCom Discusses Substantive and Procedural Issues Related to Rio+20 Event [viewed]

19 May 2010: The first session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) convened from 17-19 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) took up both substantive and procedural matters.

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UN OHCHR Releases 2009 Annual Report on Activities [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) has released its annual report, which covers activities and major results achieved in 2009 concerning the implementation of the 2008-2009 Strategic Management Plan. The report notes that OHCHR's support contributed to increased recognition and acceptance of the human rights implications of climate change and the linkages between human rights and environment.

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UNFCCC Releases IGO Submissions [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from international governmental organizations (IGOs) containing views that the Chair may draw upon in the preparation of draft text for consideration by parties at the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) to be held from 1-11 June 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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EU-Latin America and Caribbean Summit Adopts Madrid Declaration and Action Plan [viewed]

18 May 2010: The VI EU-Latin America and Carribean (LAC) Summit of Heads of State and Government took place on 18 May 2010, in Madrid, Spain, and concluded with the adoption of a Madrid Declaration and Action Plan for 2010-2012.

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Event: Oslo Climate and Forest Conference [viewed]

This conference will seek to establish an interim partnership arrangement for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+). This partnership would aim to ensure rapid implementation of a global coordinated effort to preserve the world's tropical forests, in line with UNFCCC decisions.  

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Event: AWG-LCA 11 and AWG-KP 13 [viewed]

The 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) will be held in conjunction with the 13th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP).  

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Second 2010 Newsletter [viewed]

18 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published its second newsletter for 2010, which includes a video address from Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, in which he notes the need for “firmer, fast achievable action across the whole spectrum of climate responses,” emphasizing that negotiations must produce a clear common understanding of what Cancun can deliver.

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New UNFCCC Executive Secretary Appointed [viewed]

17 May 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Christiana Figueres, a Costa Rican diplomat, as Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, to replace Yvo de Boer on 1 July 2010.

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UNCSD PrepCom Begins Discussion of Green Economy and Sustainable Development Governance [viewed]

17 May 2010: The first Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) began its deliberations on the green economy and the institutional framework for sustainable development on 17 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Submissions for AWG-LCA 10 [viewed]

17 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two documents containing submissions from parties in preparation for the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 10) to be held in Bonn, Germany from 1-11 June 2010.

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