International Negotiations

UNFCCC Publishes Report on Response Measures Forum [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SB/2011/INF. 5) on the special event held in the context of the forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures at the 34th sessions of the subsidiary bodies. The event was held on 13 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany, following a decision of the Conference of the Parties (COP) (1/CP.16) that parties should cooperate fully to enhance understanding of the economic and social consequences of response measures, taking into account the need for information from those affected and evidence of actual impacts and of both positive and negative effects. 

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Event: Thirteenth Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate [viewed]

The thirteenth meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will convene in Crystal City, Virginia, US (just outside Washington, DC), from 17-18 November 2011. US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman will serve as chair. The meeting will take place at the level of leaders' representatives. Members of the Major Economies Forum include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the UK, and the United States. In addition, representatives will attend from Argentina, Ecuador, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and the United Nations. The session will provide an opportunity to exchange views in preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  

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

14 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the scenario note (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/13) for the fourth part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group for Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14). In the note, the AWG-LCA Chair calls on parties to produce concise text in each of the informal groups that can form the basis of a comprehensive AWG-LCA decision.

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GEF Council Evaluates Reducing Fees, Discusses Private Sector Engagement [viewed]

10 November 2011: During its 41st meeting, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved its work programme for the next year and initiated the search for a new CEO. The work programme includes 40 project concepts and nine programmatic approaches, including 11 for the biodiversity focal area, eight on climate change, two on international waters, 23 on land degradation, and five on persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Highlights the Role of Progressive Business in Climate Change [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary9 November 2011: Delivering the Robert Schuman Lecture at the Eco-Innovation Summit in Brussels, Belgium, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres stressed the need for the "full transformation of the global economy onto a low emissions pathway," noting that it can be achieved on a step-by-step basis and needs to be driven by international policy.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Launch of Green Climate Fund in Durban [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General8 November 2011: In a speech delivered to a “Friends on Climate Change” group breakfast, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his expectations ahead of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year, stressing the need for Durban to "at least" complete what was agreed in Cancun.

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G20 Cannes Summit Calls for Fossil Fuel Subsidy Phase-out and Successful Climate Negotiations [viewed]

G204 November 2011: The Group of 20 (G20) Leader's Summit in Cannes concluded with the adoption of a declaration that addresses energy markets, green growth, and climate change, among other issues. Leaders called for rationalizing and phasing-out perverse fossil fuel subsidies, and reiterated their committment to a successful outcome at the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year.

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Policy Update #10: Insanity, Death and Climate Change [viewed]

Insanity has famously been described as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Does this maxim apply to the UN climate negotiations? If so, are those of us flying to Durban later this month about to join an exercise in mass madness?

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BASIC Ministers Outline Expectations Ahead of Durban [viewed]

1 November 2011: The ninth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with a joint statement in which ministers agreed that the Durban Climate Change Conference should achieve a comprehensive, fair and balanced outcome to enable the full, effective and sustained implementation of the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol.

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WRI, UNEP Release Paper on Climate Regime Design [viewed]

24 October 2011: The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with the support of the Government of Ireland, have released a working paper titled “Building the Climate Regime: Survey and Analysis of Approaches.” The paper outlines various options put forward by governments, NGOs and academics for designing a climate regime capable of delivering adequate mitigation action.

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