International Negotiations

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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Event: AWG-KP and AWG-LCA [viewed]

The Bureau of UNFCCC COP 15 decided, on 22 February 2010, that the next round of AWG-KP and AWG-LCA meetings should take place from 9-11 April 2010, with preparatory regional group meetings on 8 April.  

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EU Prepares for Resuming Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

18 February 2010: European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has written to EU Heads of State and Government outlining next steps in the Commission's work on climate change.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Report of SBSTA 31 [viewed]

12 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) on its 31st session, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 8-12 December 2009 (FCCC/SBSTA/2009/8).

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FAO Publishes Information Note on Agriculture in the Post-Copenhagen Process [viewed]

18 January 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released an information note on the potential role for agriculture in the post-Copenhagen process.

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Report of 52nd Meeting of CDM Executive Board Published [viewed]

12 February 2010: The Report of the 52nd meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which took place from 8-12 February 2010, and considered matters relating to the operation of the CDM, is now available.

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-LCA Draft Decisions to Facilitate Work of the Group [viewed]

11 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published work (FCCC/CP/2010/2) undertaken by the Conference of the Parties at its 15th session (COP 15) on the basis of the report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).

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EU Parliament Calls for New Climate Diplomacy [viewed]

10 February 2010: Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) adopted a resolution on 10 February 2010, calling on the EU to create a "new climate diplomacy," whereby the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and the Commissioner on Climate Action should work together with the more progressive developing and emerging countries.

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