International Negotiations

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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UNFCCC Releases Chair's Text to Facilitate Negotiations at AWG-LCA 10 [viewed]

17 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the Chair's text to facilitate negotiations among parties at the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 1-11 June 2010 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/6).

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UNFCCC Releases GEF Report on Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer [viewed]

14 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2010/4) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on progress made in carrying out the Poznan strategic programme on technology transfer.

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Event: Second PrepCom for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to be convened in Brazil in 2012 (also referred to as Rio+20). The resolution established the dates for the preparatory committees leading to the event, and indicates the event should be focused on: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.  

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Event: Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting for CSD 19 [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) will prepare for the policy-year session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which will negotiate policy options related to the thematic cluster for the CSD 18-19 cycle: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns. The IPM will include a SIDS Special Day, consisting of interactive discussions to outline innovative policy options to support the sustainable development of SIDS, and addressing viable solutions for reducing the vulnerabilities of SIDS and for strengthening the sustainable management of chemicals, waste (hazardous and solid), mining and transport, and implementing sustainable consumption and production (SCP).  

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Informal Briefing on the UNFCCC Process Held [viewed]

14 May 2010: The Permanent Missions of Denmark and Mexico and the Executive Office of the Secretary-General co-organized an informal briefing to delegations on the UNFCCC process on 14 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in NY, US.

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UNFCCC Publishes Technology Submissions [viewed]

11 May 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document synthesizing the views on the areas of focus set out in section IV of  the terms of reference for the review and assessment of the effectiveness of the implementation of Article 4, paragraphs 1(c) and 5, of the Convention (technology transfer)  specified in 11 submissions received from: Australia, Belarus, Belize, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic on behalf of the European Community (EC) and its member States, Grenada on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Kazakhstan, Japan, Panama on behalf of Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama, Saudi Arabia, and Uzbekistan (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.6).

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UN Secretary-General Addresses UN Association of Canada [viewed]

12 May 2010: UN Secretary-General addressed the UN Association of Canada in Ottawa on 12 May 2010, focusing on peacekeeping and climate change. On the latter, while underlining that "we are running out of time," Secretary-General Ban underlined that there is hope because climate change has become a top priority for world leaders.

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