UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Australia's Submission on Privileges and Immunities [viewed]

© UNFCCC29 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum (FCCC/SBI/2009/MISC.5/Add.1) to a document on appropriate treaty arrangements relating to privileges and immunities for individuals serving on constituted bodies established under the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/SBI/2009/MISC.5). The document contains a submission from Australia stating that it shares other parties' concerns with the limited immunities accessible to persons serving on Kyoto Protocol bodies, particularly immunity from legal action.

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UNITAR Holds Workshop on Environmental Negotiations and Climate Change Diplomacy [viewed]

29 April 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) held a training workshop on environmental negotiations and climate change diplomacy in New York, US, from 29-30 April 2009. The workshop was organized as part of UNITAR's 2009 Negotiation Training Series, and was targeted mainly at delegates from developing countries, least developed countries and small island States (SIDS).

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Event: Informal Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change [viewed]

This informal ministerial consultation is being organized by the Poland's Minister of Environment, Maciej Nowicki, in his capacity as UNFCCC COP 14 President. The consultation will take place on the margins of the high-level segment of the 17th session of the Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD). The consultations will be held from 6:00-8:30 pm and will consist of two thematic panels followed by a political summary with key findings. The identified topics for the panels are: climate change and food security; and adaptation needs in land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF).  

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases EC's and Switzerland's GHG Inventory [viewed]

© UNFCCC29 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas inventory submissions of the European Community (EC) (FCCC/ARR/2008/EC) and Switzerland (FCCC/ARR/2008/CHE) submitted in 2007 and 2008.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Posts Party Submissions [viewed]

© UNFCCC28 April 2009: The UNFCC Secretariat has received a number of submissions from parties, dating from 7 April, on negotiating text for consideration at the sixth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the UNFCCC (AWG-LCA 6), which will convene from 1-12 June 2009, in Bonn, Germany, in conjunction with the 30th session of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies and the eighth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 8).

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UNEP, EPO and ICTSD to Examine Role of Patents in Development of ESTs [viewed]

© EPO27 April 2009: The European Patent Office (EPO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) have announced that they will undertake a joint project to examine the role of patents in the development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs), in particular in the field of energy generation.

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Event: Business for the Environment Global Summit [viewed]

The event, now in its third year, is the world's leading international conference for business-driven action for the environment. Business and civil society leaders, as well as international organization and government representatives will discuss ways of powering green growth around the globe.  

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Event: Thinking Outside the Box: Borderless Strategies to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

This conference will be hosted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and is organized by the UN Association UK. Efthimios Mitropoulos, IMO Secretary General will open the event. In addition to keynote speeches, the event will include breakout sessions on crucial topics such as aviation and tourism, energy, maritime emissions, local (UK) initiatives, influencing public opinion, and the business responses to climate change.  

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Event: Fifth Urban Research Symposium: Cities and Climate Change: Responding to the Urgent Agenda [viewed]

This symposium is supported by the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UN-HABITAT, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and other donors. Participants will address the impacts of city and urban growth on climate change; measuring and anticipating the consequences of climate change on urban quality of life, city assets, and local and national economies; and assessing alternatives to increase the resilience of cities and related costs and incentives required for successful implementation. The event will be structured around five broad research clusters that represent the most relevant issues faced by cities and peri-urban areas on climate change.  

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Event: 31st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [viewed]

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will hold its 31st session, prior to which the IPCC WGs I, II and III will approve respective outlines for the Fifth Assessment report.  

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