International Negotiations

Event: CSD 19 [viewed]

This policy-year session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) 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 (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Patterns.  

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases SBI 31 Report [viewed]

26 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) on its 31st session, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 8-12 December 2009 (FCCC/SBI/2009/15).   

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Rejecting Attempts by Climate Sceptics to Derail Negotiations [viewed]

24 February 2010: In a message to the 11th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), taking place in Bali, Indonesia, 24–26 February 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Ministers of Environment and environment experts to reject the recent attempts by climate sceptics to derail negotiations by exaggerating shortcomings in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Information Note on AWG-KP 11 and AWG-LCA 9 [viewed]

24 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note informing parties, observer States and observer organizations that the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 11) and the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 9) will take place from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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Event: First 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: CSD 18 [viewed]

This review-year session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) will evaluate progress and identify constraints to implementing the issues on the thematic cluster for the CSD 18-19 cycle: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (SCP).  

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Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee Publishes Report of 20th Meeting [viewed]

24 February 2010: The report of the 20th meeting of the Joint Implementation (JI) Supervisory Committee (JISC) is now available on the JI website. This meeting took place from 23-24 February 2010, in Bonn, Germany, and considered matters relating to the operation of JI.

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

This meeting is also referred to as Rio+20. The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UNCSD to be convened in Brazil in 2012. This meeting will mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The General Assembly resolution specifies that a three-day PrepCom should convene in May 2010, a two-day PrepCom should convene in February-March 2011, and a three-day PrepCom should convene immediately before UNCSD. On 4 November 2011, Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, announced a proposal to change the dates to 13-15 June 2012 for PrepCom III and 20-22 June 2012 for the UNCSD, in order to allow for highest-level participation. The previously scheduled dates were 28-30 May 2012 for PrepCom III and 4-6 June 2012 for the UNCSD.  

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UNEP Information Note Urges More Ambitious Pledges to Keep Temperatures Below 2ºC by Mid-Century [viewed]

23 February 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a new greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling study it compiled, based on the estimates of researchers at nine leading centres. The study concludes that countries will have to make more ambitious GHG emission reduction pledges if global temperature rise is to be curbed at 2ºC or less.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Announces Additional Meeting Time in April [viewed]

23 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC has decided that the next round of formal UN climate change negotiations under the Convention will take place from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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