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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Quantified Economywide Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

24 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released nine submissions from parties containing additional information relating to the quantified economywide emission reduction targets contained in document FCCC/SB/2011/INF.1/Rev.1 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.1).

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on the Team of Experts for the International Consultation and Analysis [viewed]

20 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 12 submissions from Parties containing their views on the composition, modalities and procedures of the team of technical experts referred to in decision 2/CP.17, annex IV, paragraph 1 (on modalities and guidelines for international consultation and analysis) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.8).

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Event: International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference [viewed]

The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference draws international attention to the polar regions, global change, and related environmental, social and economic issues. Organized around the theme "From Knowledge to Action," the event brings together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, NGO, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples. The conference seeks to build on the momentum of IPY 2007-2008, which increased understanding of how indigenous knowledge could be combined with instrumented data in monitoring the changes in polar ice, snow and vegetation cover, marine and terrestrial animal migrations, and behavioral patterns of polar animals, birds, fish and cetacean species.  

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UN Releases Third Annual Carbon Neutrality Report [viewed]

23 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in its capacity as secretariat of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has released the UN's third annual “Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN” report, which details the UN's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2010, as well as ongoing efforts to reduce them.

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North American Leaders Commit to Cooperation on Energy, Chemicals and Climate [viewed]

2 April 2012: The North American Leaders Summit met in Washington DC, US, on 2 April, with the aim of advancing the economic well-being, safety and security of the US, Mexico, and Canada. The key outcome of the Summit was the Joint Statement by North American Leaders, which detailed North American cooperation on issues including energy, chemicals and climate change.

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UNECE Launches Green Economy Seminar Series With Discussion of Green Homes [viewed]

UNECE16 April 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) discussed residential energy efficiency at the first seminar in a series launched to promote actions towards a regional green economy. The Green Economy seminars will provide a forum for discussing the integration of social and environmental considerations in the lead-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

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VI Summit of the Americas Expresses Support for Rio+20 [viewed]

15 April 2012: Meeting at the VI Summit of the Americas, the Heads of State and Government of Western Hemisphere countries declared their support for participation at the High-Level Segment (HLS) of the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

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OzonetoClimate Industry Roundtable Discusses Climate Friendly Alternatives to HCFCs [viewed]

UNEP13 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction Programme and the China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association (CRAA) convened the OzonetoClimate Industry Roundtable, which focused on chemical and technology options to replace the ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) that are to be phased out under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) from 1 January 2013.

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Horn of Africa Meeting Launches Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience [viewed]

4 April 2012: A joint meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministers responsible for Agriculture, Livestock, Water Resource, Environment, Arid Lands and Drought Disaster Management with High Level Development Partners has committed to establish the Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience and Growth to improve coordination and harmonization of investments and policy.

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UNISDR, Columbia University Convene Dialogue on Disaster-Resilient Society [viewed]

12 April 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), Columbia University, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN, and the Urban Climate Change Research Network convened a dialogue titled “From Sendai to Rio - Cultivating a Disaster-Resilient Society for Sustainable Development,” which addressed the significance of building climate and disaster resilience in coastal cities.  

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