Northern America

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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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Support to National Adaptation Plan Process [viewed]

12 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Parties, relevant organizations, and bilateral and multilateral agencies (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.2) containing information on support to the national adaptation plan process in the least developed countries (LDCs).

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UNFCCC Releases US Submission on REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

12 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a submission from the US containing its views on potential additional guidance on informing on how all safeguards are being addressed and respected in relation to 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 Releases Views on the New Market-based Mechanism [viewed]

11 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 12 submission from Parties containing their views on the various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, bearing in mind different circumstances of developed and developing countries (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.6).

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Financing Results-based Actions on REDD+ [viewed]

11 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 18 submissions from Parties containing their views on modalities and procedures for financing results-based actions and considering activities related to decision 1/CP.16 (The Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA)) paragraphs 68-70 and 72 (relating to policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+))(FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.3).

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