The Open-Ended Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will consider policy matters and prepare draft decisions for the consideration of the UNEA when it meets in June 2014. The meeting will discuss, inter alia: new mechanisms to promote transparency and civil society engagement; critical gaps and recommendations on the science-policy interface;and recommendations to the Secretary-General on enhancing UNEP's role in key UN coordination bodies. The CPR will also discuss implementation of past UNEP Governing Council decisions, including a policy on access to information; international water quality guidelines for ecosystems; and outcomes of a consultative process on enhancing coordination within the chemicals and wastes cluster. The CPR is the subsidiary inter-session body of UNEP's governing body.
dates: 24-28 March 2014 venue: UNEP headquarters, United Nations Avenue, Gigiri location: Nairobi, Kenya
The first meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw international mechanism for loss and damage associated with climate change impacts is expected to develop its initial two-year workplan for implementing the mechanism, including the scheduling of meetings. The meeting will be open to observers. The Warsaw international mechanism aims to: enhance knowledge and understanding of comprehensive risk management approaches to address loss and damage, including slow onset impacts; strengthen dialogue, coordination, coherence and synergies among relevant stakeholders; and enhance action and support, including finance, technology and capacity building. It is further expected to: support actions to address loss and damage; improve work coordination under the UNFCCC's existing bodies; convene meetings; develop, compile, analyze and review information; provide technical guidance and support; and make suggestions on enhancing engagement, actions and coherence under and outside the Convention. The Executive Committee will include balanced representation between developed and developing countries, including two representatives from each of the following Convention bodies: the Adaptation Committee, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Expert Group, the Standing Committee on Finance, the Technology Executive Committee and the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention.
dates: 25-28 March 2014 venue: UN Campus, Hermann-Ehlers-Straße 10 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
The 10th session of Working Group II (WG II) and the 38th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 38) will convene in March 2014 to approve and accept the contribution of WG II to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). WG II focuses on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.
dates: 25-29 March 2014 location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan