Northern America

UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Canada's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC10 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/IDR.5/CAN) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5) of Canada. The Expert Review Team (ERT) concludes that the NC5 generally provides a good overview of the national climate policy of Canada.

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Event: Thirteenth Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate [viewed]

The thirteenth meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will convene in Crystal City, Virginia, US (just outside Washington, DC), from 17-18 November 2011. US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman will serve as chair. The meeting will take place at the level of leaders' representatives. Members of the Major Economies Forum include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the UK, and the United States. In addition, representatives will attend from Argentina, Ecuador, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and the United Nations. The session will provide an opportunity to exchange views in preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  

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UNEP Risoe Centre Report Examines Perspectives on Post-2012 Carbon Markets [viewed]

15 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released its annual Perspectives Series, titled “Progressing Towards Post-2012 Carbon Markets.” The publication explores ways in which national, regional and global level carbon markets can be developed and up-scaled to sustain the involvement of the private sector in leveraging finance and innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNFCCC Publishes Revised Technical Paper on QELROs [viewed]

4 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a revised technical paper (FCCC/TP/2010/3/Rev.1) on issues relating to the transformation of pledges for emission reductions into quantified emission limitation and reduction objectives (QELROs). The paper provides a brief explanation of this transformation and illustrates the effect that different variables have on it.

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OECD Brief Analyzes Car Scrapping Schemes [viewed]

October 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a policy brief titled “Do car scrapping schemes help the environment and increase safety?”

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Kyoto Protocol Committee Considers Compliance of Ukraine, Lithuania, Canada and Italy [viewed]

20 October 2011: The reports of the ninth meeting of the plenary of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee, the fifteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee enforcement branch and the tenth meeting of the Compliance Committee facilitative branch are now available. The enforcement and facilitative branches held their fifteenth and tenth meetings, respectively, from 11-12 October 2011, and the plenary held its ninth meeting on 13th October 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

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Event: UNEP-SBCI Symposium on Sustainable Buildings [viewed]

The UN Environmental Programme Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) Fall Symposium on Sustainable Buildings is being hosted by T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies. The Symposium aims to provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and communicate strategies for championing sustainable buildings to policy-makers, in the context of the upcoming UNFCCC COP-17, and UNCSD (Rio+20) events.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on REDD+ Methodological Guidance [viewed]

19 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published views (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.7) on methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Individual Review of US GHG Inventory [viewed]

UNFCCC7 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory submission of the US submitted in 2010 (FCCC/ARR/2010/USA). The report covers the centralized review of the 2010 inventory submission of the US, coordinated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, in accordance with decision 19/CP.8 (Guidelines for the technical review of Annex I GHG inventories).

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing proposals by parties and relevant organizations for upcoming activities under the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.6).

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