Northern America

UN-HABITAT and Partners Recognize Local Governments for Green Building [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability have announced the winners of the Government Leadership Awards for excellence in green building and climate action at the local level. The awards promote best practices to be replicated across cities, and encourage the use of green buildings as a strategy to reduce carbon emissions.

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Ozone COP/MOP Does Not Address HFCs Phase-Down [viewed]

Indonesian Minister for Environment, Balthasar Kambuaya, banging a gong to officially open the high-level segment25 November 2011: Parties to the Montreal Protocol have agreed to a US$450 million replenishment of the Multilateral Fund to the Montreal Protocol (MLF), in order to phase-out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), ozone depleting substances (ODS) with high-global warming potential (GWP).

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CARICOM Secretary-General Calls for US to Embrace COP 16 Outcome [viewed]

CARICOM22 November 2011: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque has urged the United States to formally commit to the outcome of the 16th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 16) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which convened in December 2010, in Cancun, Mexico.

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IEA Publishes Papers on Policies for Renewables Deployment and Market Prospects [viewed]

IEA24 November 2011: Accompanying the publication of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) new book “Deploying Renewables 2011: Best and Future Policy,” the IEA has released three Information Papers on various aspects of renewables deployment.

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UNFCCC Publishes Ten Submissions under the Bali Action Plan [viewed]

UNFCCC22 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.9/ Add.1) from parties under ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan (decision 1/CP.13).

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on Developed Country Mitigation Actions [viewed]

UNFCCC22 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published and addendum (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.6/Add.5) consisting of 12 further submissions from parties on views on the items relating to a work programme for development of modalities and guidelines listed in decision 1/CP. 16 paragraph 46 (nationally appropriate mitigation commitments or actions by developed country parties).

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APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience [viewed]

APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience (photo courtesy of APEC)16 November 2011: The Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) has pledged to promote green growth and to increase public-private partnerships (PPPs) to improve disaster resilience in its member countries. The pledges were made at the APEC Ministerial Meetings held from 10-11 November 2011, in Honolulu, US.

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Event: 19th Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council [viewed]

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host the 19th Regular Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council. The Council will examine project and issues in three thematic clusters: healthy communities and ecosystems; climate change – low-carbon economy; and greening the economy in North America. The Council will also examine implementation of its new initiative to increase engagement with stakeholders and the public, the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA). Every year the Council, composed of the cabinet-level environment ministers from Canada, Mexico and the US, meet to discuss challenges and identify opportunities for enhancing environmental cooperation in North America, and provide guidance to the CEC. The CEC is an intergovernmental organization established to implement the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), the environmental side accord to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  

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UNFCCC Publishes Status of Submissions and Review of Fifth National Communications [viewed]

UNFCCC15 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.8) that provides information on the status of submission and review of fifth national communication (NC5s) under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (Annex I Parties) as of 14 November 2011.

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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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