International Negotiations

Brazil Convenes IBSA and BRIC Meetings [viewed]

15 April 2010: Government representatives from Brazil met with their counterparts from India and South Africa (IBSA), and with Russia, India and China (BRIC), in Brasilia, Brazil, on 15 April 2010, to discuss climate change among other issues.

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People's World Conference on Climate Change Adopts Declaration [viewed]

23 April 2010:The People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth convened in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 19-22 April 2010. An initiative of Bolivian President Evo Morales, the Conference provided a forum to discuss the structural and systemic causes of climate change and propose substantive measures that facilitate the well-being of mankind in harmony with nature.

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Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol Launched [viewed]

22 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the creation of the Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol (CSMP) by a coalition of seven organizations. The CSMP was inspired by the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15), which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009, and aims to increase the sustainability of future COPs and other large international meetings. 

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Bolivia Hosts People's World Conference on Climate Change [viewed]

The People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth convened in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 19-22 April 2010.

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ASEAN Leaders Issue Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

9 April 2010: The 16th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) took place from the 8-9 April 2010, in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The session was themed “Towards the ASEAN community: from vision to action.”

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UNFCCC Releases SBI 32 Documents [viewed]

16 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the draft terms of reference (TOR) for the review of the Adaptation Fund (FCCC/SBI/2010/7), based on submissions received from parties.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA 32 Documents [viewed]

16 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a synthesis report (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/5) on efforts undertaken to monitor and evaluate the implementation of adaptation projects, policies and programmes, the costs and effectiveness of completed projects, policies and programmes, and views on lessons learned, good practices, gaps and needs.

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CARICOM-Japan Consultations Held [viewed]

15 April 2010: The 14th Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Japan Consultations were held at CARICOM Secretariat headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana, on 15 April 2010, in preparation for the Second CARICOM-Japan Ministerial Meeting, which will convene in Tokyo, Japan, in September 2010. Participants discussed bilateral cooperation as well as regional and global issues such as the financial and economic crisis, security, climate change and disaster management.

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JISC 21 Report Published [viewed]

16 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the 21st meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 21), which was held from 13-14 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

At the meeting, the JISC considered issues relating to the operation of JI, including: collaboration of JISC with others; consideration of the means to enhance outreach activities to improve the overall understanding of JI; consideration of experiences with the JI verification procedure under the JISC, with a view to making improvements for the future operation of JI; and matters relating determination and verification reports.

With regard to the accreditation of independent entities, the JISC considered the second draft JI accreditation standard recommended by the JI Accreditation Panel (JI-AP), which took into account the inputs received from the call for public inputs on the first draft. The JISC adopted the draft as recommended by the JI-AP, effective 15 April 2010, and a grace period of three months for compliance. In this context, it also adopted the JI-AP's recommendation regarding the verification of compliance by independent entities with the JI accreditation standard after the grace period. In addition, the JISC considered the draft JI accreditation procedure, and adopted it as recommended by the JI-AP, effective 15 April 2010. The JISC also considered an information note recommended by the JI-AP and presented by the Secretariat, containing an analysis of the current situation and options for changes of the procedures on witnessing activities in the JI accreditation process. It agreed with the JI-AP's recommendation to maintain one successful witnessing activity before granting accreditation and replace ex-post witnessing activities with performance assessments after accreditation.

On areas for further guidance to be considered by the JISC regarding materiality and revisions of JI documents during project implementation, the JISC took note of the results of, and summary of findings from, the public call for inputs on these two areas conducted by the Secretariat at the JISC's request. It agreed that five JISC members would prepare a first draft text regarding materiality, and that six members would prepare a first draft text regarding changes during project implementation from a determined project design and/or monitoring plan, both drafts to be considered at its next meeting. [JISC 21 Report]

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Public Climate Change Hearing [viewed]

14 April 10: At a public hearing on Climate Change in Brussels, Belgium, held on 14 April 2010, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, stated that the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference constituted an important event because it: raised the profile of climate change policy to the highest political level; significantly advanced the negotiations on the infrastructure needed for well-functioning, global climate change cooperation, including improvements to the Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism (CDM); and produced the Copenhagen Accord, "a clear letter of political intent to constrain carbon and respond to climate change, both in the short and in the long term."

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