International Negotiations

Event: 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly [viewed]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly establishes ICAO's policy for the upcoming triennium, and reviews ICAO's work programme in the technical, economic, legal and technical cooperation fields. The Assembly is expected to establish an Executive Committee, as well as Technical, Economic and Legal Commissions. The Executive Committee will address, inter alia: technical assistance; aviation security; implementation support and development; facilitation and the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme; environmental protection; ICAO civil aviation training policy and capacity building in aviation; increasing ICAO efficiency and effectiveness; and ICAO's work programmes and activities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Technical Commission is expected to address, inter alia, aviation safety and air navigation monitoring and analysis, standardization and implementation support. The Economic Commission will discuss, among other things, economic regulation of international air transport, aviation data, economics of airports and air navigation services, and economic development of air transport. The Economic Commission will discuss a consolidated statement of continuing ICAO policies in the legal field. The Assembly meets at least once every three years and is convened by ICAO's governing body, the Council. Assembly outcomes are then provided to the other ICAO bodies and to its Member.  

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Event: 69th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considers any matter within the IMO's scope that is concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships.  

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UNGA Agrees on Inclusive Participation at Habitat III [viewed]

hiii23 December 2015: The Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be “the most inclusive [Conference] ever organized by the UN,” according to the Conference secretariat, following the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) adoption of the modalities of work for Habitat III. The text approves rules of procedure for the Conference and arrangements for accreditation and participation of major groups and other stakeholders, including recognition of the participation of local authorities. The Assembly also encourages Member States to conclude negotiations on the Conference outcome by July 2016, at the Preparatory Committee's third session.

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IGOs, Development Banks and UN Agencies React to Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris_agreementDecember 2015: Upon adoption of the Paris Agreement by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, a broad array of stakeholders, including UN agencies, development banks and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), responded to the outcome reached by the 196 UNFCCC Parties. The Agreement, which will be opened for signature in April 2016, aims to strengthen the global response to climate change, hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

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UN Expert Group Urges Inclusion of People of African Descent in Climate Process [viewed]

OHCHR29 December 2015: People of African descent will be among those most adversely affected by climate change, notes the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, in a statement calling for international climate change efforts to be more inclusive. The Working Group requests that the needs and views of those most at risk be taken into account at future climate talks.

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Event: Resumed OEWG 37, OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3 to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The resumed 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will be held from 15-16 July 2016, followed by OEWG 38 from 18-21 July 2016, followed by the Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties (ExMOP 3) from 22-23 July. These meetings are expected to focus on efforts to conclude a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Amendment to the Protocol in 2016.  

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Event: 37th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 37) will focus on the Dubai Pathway on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which is intended to lead to adoption of an HFC Amendment to the Protocol at the 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) in October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  

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Event: 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to consider, inter alia, negotiations on a hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) amendment, nominations for critical-use and essential-use exemptions, and other draft decisions forwarded from the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG). The meeting will be preceded by the resumed OEWG-38 session, which will take place on 8 October.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage [viewed]

The Second Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change Impacts. The meeting is expected to discuss, inter alia: engagement of Executive Committee members in external activities; the Committee's two-year workplan and the delivery of activities; progress and intersessional e-brainstroming related to the Warsaw Mechanism's various action areas and related activities; specific work to be undertaken in the first half of 2016; any relevant requests arising from the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC; and arrangements for the Mechanism's operationalization.

The Warsaw Mechanism, which was established at COP 19 in November 2013, aims to address loss and damage associated with the impacts of climate change, including extreme events and slow onset events in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The Mechanism's Executive Committee aims to guide the implementation of the functions of Mechanism, and is guided by and accountable to, and reports annually to, the COP.  

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Guest Article #137: Mobilising 100 Financial Institutions for Energy Efficiency [viewed]

This month's COP 21 in Paris concluded with a universal agreement to keep the global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to aim to further reduce it to below 1.5 degrees. To achieve this, the world needs to shift to carbon neutral economies within this century – with a downward carbon trend required well before 2050.

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