International Negotiations

WTO Stocktaking Week Reviews EGS Negotiations [viewed]

26 March 2010: The World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Negotiations Committee meeting took place from 22-26 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland. This stocktaking week on the status of the Doha negotiations evaluated progress in negotiations on environmental goods and services (EGS).

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IMO Environment Committee Focuses on GHG [viewed]

26 March 2010: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) held its 60th session from 22-26 March 2010, in London, UK, and focused on the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from international shipping.

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European Council Endorses Post-Copenhagen Strategy [viewed]

26 March 2010: The European Council, gathering Heads of State and government of the EU, met in Brussels, Belgium, on 25-26 March 2010, to discuss the EU's strategy on the international climate change negotiations, among other things. In its conclusions, the European Council called for introducing a new dynamic to the international negotiation process, and proposed following a stepwise approach building on the Copenhagen Accord and its swift implementation.

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UNEP Collaborates on Report on Copenhagen Accord Targets [viewed]

25 March 2010: The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has released a report titled “What do the Appendices to the Copenhagen Accord tell us about global greenhouse gas emissions and the prospects for avoiding a rise in global average temperature of more than 2°C?”

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UNDP Releases Report on the Outcomes of Copenhagen [viewed]

25 March 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report it commissioned on "The Outcomes of Copenhagen: The Negotiations and the Accord." Author Alina Averchenkova recognizes that the Conference fell short of the high expectations to deliver a UN-level agreement on a future international framework on climate change, but underlines that the Copenhagen Accord reflects a political consensus on the main elements of the future framework among the major emitters and representatives of the main negotiating groups.

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Financing for Development Dialogue Discusses Monterrey Consensus and Doha Declaration [viewed]

24 March 2010: The Fourth UN High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development, which convened in New York, US, on 23-24 March 2010, focused on “The Monterrey Consensus and Doha Declaration on Financing for Development: Status of Implementation and Tasks Ahead.” The High-level Dialogue was organized in the lead up to the forthcoming high level review on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), scheduled to take place in September this year at the same venue.

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CARIFORUM-EU Political Dialogue Addresses Preparations for Cancun [viewed]

24 March 2010: The first CARIFORUM-EU Political Dialogue was held in Kingston, Jamaica, on 23 March 2010, to discuss issues of common interest. Among the challenges facing the Caribbean, delegates discussed the global financial crisis, regional food security, high dependence on energy and problems related to climate change and natural disasters.

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UNFCCC Publishes Kazakhstan Proposal [viewed]

18 March 2010: The UNFCCC has published a proposal  (FCCC/SBI/2010/6) by Kazakhstan to amend Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol. Kazakhstan proposes that the name of Kazakhstan be included in Annex B, with a quantified greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limitation or reduction commitment under Article 3 of the Kyoto Protocol of 100% of the 1992 level in the commitment period 2008 to 2012, and a footnote indicating that the country is undergoing the process of transition to a market economy.

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UNFCCC Publishes European Regional Workshop Report [viewed]

18 March 2010: The UNFCC  has published the report (FCCC/SBI/2010/2) on the European regional workshop on Article 6 of the Convention, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 18 -20 May 2009.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on Costs and Benefits of Adaptation Options [viewed]

22 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a Synthesis report (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/3) of information contained in submissions from parties and relevant organizations, and other relevant sources, on efforts undertaken to assess the costs and benefits of adaptation options.

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