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CBD Monthly Bulletin Highlights Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on REDD+ [viewed]

26 April 2011: In the March issue of its Monthly Bulletin of Activities, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) highlights several recent meetings and activities, including the opening for signature of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries, including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Appeals Against CDM Executive Board Decisions [viewed]

21 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.2) from parties, intergovernmental organizations and admitted observer organizations, regarding their views on procedures and institutional arrangements under the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP) to allow for appeals against the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) decisions based on decision 2/CMP.5, paragraph 42, taking into account the recommendations of the Executive Board contained in annex II to its annual report.

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UN Secretary-General Notes Role for Russian Federation in Addressing Global Challenges [viewed]

22 April 2011: At a meeting with the Russian Federation's President Dmitry Medvedev, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the strong partnership between the Russian Federation and the UN and called for even greater cooperation on global governance issues, including climate change and sustainable development.

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Nuclear Safety [viewed]

21 April 2011:  On the occasion of the “25 Years after the Chernobyl Catastrophe: Safety for the Future” Conference, in Kiev, Ukraine, on 2o April 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke on the role of the international community in ensuring that nuclear power is safe and sustainable.

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UNFCCC Publishes Iceland's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

20 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/ISL)  of the individual review of the annual submission of Iceland. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Loss and Damage Work Programme [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.1) on views and information on elements to be included in the work programme on loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Spain's Fifth National Communication Review Report [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/IDR.5/ESP) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5) of Spain.

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UNFCCC Publishes Sweden's Fifth National Communication Review Report [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/IDR.5/SWE) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5) of Sweden.

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Event: Stakeholder Meeting to Develop an Action Plan on Forests and the Green Economy [viewed]

The Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is organizing a meeting with stakeholders across the UNECE region (Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America) to discuss the development of an action plan on forests and the green economy. Discussion will focus on: Sustainable Wood Consumption and Production; Low-carbon Forest Sector; Valuation of and Payments for Ecosystem Services; Monitoring and Governance; and Green Jobs. The action plan, once finalized, will be reviewed by the UNECE Timber Committee and FAO European Forestry Commission at their joint session, scheduled from 10-14 October 2011 in Antalya, Turkey. It will then be presented as a regional sectoral example at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in June 2012.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Stresses the Role of EU Leadership in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

19 April 2011: Addressing the High-level Inter-parliamentary Debate on Climate Change at the European Parliament, in Brussels, Belgium, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observed that, in spite of all its encouraging outcomes, Cancun did not solve key political questions.

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