Northern America

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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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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