Energy Ministers of the Americas Work on Energy and Climate Partnership [viewed]

16 April 2010: Energy Ministers of the Americas met in Washington, DC, US, on 15-16 April 2010, under the auspices of the US Department of Energy, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS) to work on a framework for an “Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas” (ECPA).

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New Adaptation Fund Website Launched [viewed]

15 April 2010: The Adaptation Fund has launched a new version of its website. The website can be accessed at the same URL and features several new user-specific sections.

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CARICOM-Japan Consultations Held [viewed]

15 April 2010: The 14th Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Japan Consultations were held at CARICOM Secretariat headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana, on 15 April 2010, in preparation for the Second CARICOM-Japan Ministerial Meeting, which will convene in Tokyo, Japan, in September 2010. Participants discussed bilateral cooperation as well as regional and global issues such as the financial and economic crisis, security, climate change and disaster management.

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Event: Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE-9) [viewed]

This event was postponed, due to travel disruptions. It was to take place back-to-back with the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), to continue energy integration and development discussions begun at the high-level events of the previous days, but with different participants. The GFSE-9 will bring together various stakeholders from science, industry, NGOs, UN organizations and development finance institutions to discuss common challenges and possible solutions for sustainable energy in Europe and Africa in an open format.  

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Event: 33rd Session of ECLAC [viewed]

The 33rd session of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will review ECLAC activities and adopt a programme for the next biennium, including on activities related to sustainable development and climate change.  

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Event: CIF Sub-Committee Meetings [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds Sub-Committees will meet at World Bank headquarters to continue work on the Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries Program (SREP), the Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR), and the Forest Investment Program (FIP).  

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Event: Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

This Ministerial will be hosted by the US Department of Energy and will aim to advance key activities in the Technology Action Plans of the Global Partnership launched by Leaders in L'Aquila July 2009.  

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First Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa Adopts Nairobi Declaration [viewed]

16 April 2010: The First Conference of African ministers responsible for meteorology adopted the Nairobi Declaration in response to the increasing risks and threats to development posed by climate variability and change. The Conference, which was organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in partnership with the African Union Commission, gathered around 30 ministers in Nairobi, Kenya, on 15-16 April 2010.

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UNCCD and UNDP Discuss Support for Aligning National Action Plans with UNCCD Strategy [viewed]

16 April 2010: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and representatives of the Drylands Development Center of the UN Development Programme (UNDP-DDC) have agreed on a two-year collaborative approach to support the Convention's stakeholders to align their national action plans with the UNCCD 10-year strategy adopted in 2008.

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JISC 21 Report Published [viewed]

16 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the 21st meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 21), which was held from 13-14 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

At the meeting, the JISC considered issues relating to the operation of JI, including: collaboration of JISC with others; consideration of the means to enhance outreach activities to improve the overall understanding of JI; consideration of experiences with the JI verification procedure under the JISC, with a view to making improvements for the future operation of JI; and matters relating determination and verification reports.

With regard to the accreditation of independent entities, the JISC considered the second draft JI accreditation standard recommended by the JI Accreditation Panel (JI-AP), which took into account the inputs received from the call for public inputs on the first draft. The JISC adopted the draft as recommended by the JI-AP, effective 15 April 2010, and a grace period of three months for compliance. In this context, it also adopted the JI-AP's recommendation regarding the verification of compliance by independent entities with the JI accreditation standard after the grace period. In addition, the JISC considered the draft JI accreditation procedure, and adopted it as recommended by the JI-AP, effective 15 April 2010. The JISC also considered an information note recommended by the JI-AP and presented by the Secretariat, containing an analysis of the current situation and options for changes of the procedures on witnessing activities in the JI accreditation process. It agreed with the JI-AP's recommendation to maintain one successful witnessing activity before granting accreditation and replace ex-post witnessing activities with performance assessments after accreditation.

On areas for further guidance to be considered by the JISC regarding materiality and revisions of JI documents during project implementation, the JISC took note of the results of, and summary of findings from, the public call for inputs on these two areas conducted by the Secretariat at the JISC's request. It agreed that five JISC members would prepare a first draft text regarding materiality, and that six members would prepare a first draft text regarding changes during project implementation from a determined project design and/or monitoring plan, both drafts to be considered at its next meeting. [JISC 21 Report]