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UNFCCC Releases Report on Review Guidelines for Developed Countries' Biennial Reports, National Communications [viewed]

UNFCCC13 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a synthesis report on the parties' submissions on the work programme and on the revision of the guidelines for the review of biennial reports (BR) from developed countries and national communications (NC), including national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.11).

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Domestic Action by Annex I Parties [viewed]

UNFCCC9 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report on the implementation of domestic action by Parties included in Annex I to the Convention that are also Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, based on the information reported in their national communications (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.9). The report is based on information contained in national communications from Parties and other sources for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice at its 37th session (SBSTA 37).

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UNGA Convenes Informal Session on Hurricane Sandy [viewed]

9 November 2012: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Vuk Jeremić convened an informal meeting of the Assembly to address issues arising from Hurricane Sandy. The session detailed the monies allocated for affected countries from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNFCCC Releases US' Views on Annex I Parties' National Communications Guidelines [viewed]

9 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the US' submission on views from Parties on the elements of the work programme and on the timeline of proposed activities, as well as on key elements of the revision of guidelines for the review of the biennial reports from developed countries and national communications, including national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.17/Add.1). 

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Addressing Climate Change for Development [viewed]

UNDP8 November 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark discussed the potential of climate change to stall and reverse development in a lecture titled “Why Tackling Climate Change Matters for Development,” delivered at Stanford University in California, US. 

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London Convention Parties Express Concern over Ocean Fertilization [viewed]

IMO2 November 2012: The 34th Consultative Meeting of States parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Convention), and to its 1996 Protocol (London Protocol), concluded with the release of an unanimous statement of concern regarding a reported incident of deliberate ocean fertilization activity off the west coast of Canada.

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CEC Presents Guidelines for Designing Climate-Resilient MPAs [viewed]

23 October 2012: The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has presented a set of scientific guidelines for designing marine protected areas (MPAs) that are resilient to climate change. The Guidelines were developed by the CEC in collaboration with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea's (ICES) Study Group on Designing Marine Protected Area Networks in a Changing Climate (SGMPAN).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Presents an Overview of Global and Domestic Action on Climate Change [viewed]

24 October 2012: As part of the Lowy Lecture Series in Sydney, Australia, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), delivered a speech titled “Global Action on climate change: How the world is responding to the challenge,” in which she sought to correct misconceptions about international and domestic actions to address climate change.

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Event: REEEP/NREL Open Data Workshop [viewed]

This workshop, co-organized by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the US Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will bring together 30 leading providers of clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate data to discuss "linked open data" in the field of clean energy. The goals of the workshop are: to introduce participants to the concept of linked open data, which is a growing movement focused on using up-to-date technologies to share relevant information from a wide variety of online sources, and to make data free for use and re-use; and assess how the concept can be used to promote cooperation among organizations in the field of clean energy.  

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UNESCO IOC Executive Secretary Issues Statement on Risks of Geo-Engineering [viewed]

UNESCO IOC23 October 2012: Following the recent communication to the general public of a large-scale climate engineering experiment carried out in July 2012, Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General and Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has issued a response.

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