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]


IPCC Publishes Leaflets [viewed]

April 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published a series of leaflets providing information on its ongoing work.

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Event: First High-Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) [viewed]

This high-level portion of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) meeting will bring together Commissioners of the European and African Unions, ministers responsible for energy issues, and others, to reinforce and promote energy cooperation and interconnectedness of Africa and Europe. A roadmap is expected to be endorsed at the meeting, which will outline implementation of future AEEP action and concrete political goals.  

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Event: JISC 22 [viewed]

The 22nd meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 22) will take place in Bonn, Germany.


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UNDP Releases Report on China and Low Carbon Economy [viewed]

15 April 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has commissioned a report titled "China and a Sustainable Future, Towards a Low Carbon Economy and Society," coordinated by the Renmin University of China, which argues that the country has “no other choice” but to shift to a low carbon development path as it continues to urbanize.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Public Climate Change Hearing [viewed]

14 April 10: At a public hearing on Climate Change in Brussels, Belgium, held on 14 April 2010, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, stated that the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference constituted an important event because it: raised the profile of climate change policy to the highest political level; significantly advanced the negotiations on the infrastructure needed for well-functioning, global climate change cooperation, including improvements to the Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism (CDM); and produced the Copenhagen Accord, "a clear letter of political intent to constrain carbon and respond to climate change, both in the short and in the long term."

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ESCAP Releases Guidebook on Sustainable Energy Consumption [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has released a guidebook on sustainable energy consumption titled “Promotion of Sustainable Energy Consumption: Consumer Organizations and Efficient Energy Use in the Residential Sector.”

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UNDP Holds e-Discussion on Human Development and Climate Change [viewed]

March 2010: The Asia Pacific Regional Human Development Network (AP-HDNet) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is holding an e-discussion on human development and climate change. The e-Discussion will contribute to the forthcoming Asia-Pacific Human Development Report by posing key questions from a human development stand-point.

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Event: FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

This Regional Conference is held every two years and provides a regional forum to evaluate activities of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and formulate recommendations for the coming biannual period. The Conference also analyzes the main challenges that both FAO and governments face, and represents an opportunity to establish a high level dialogue on rural development, fisheries, forestry, and food security and agriculture. Climate change and its impact on agricultural, forestry and fisheries production in Latin America and the Caribbean is a key item on the agenda.  

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World Bank President: Green Growth Can Pull Millions Out of Poverty [viewed]

14 April 2009: Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, gave a lecture on "The End of the Third World? Modernizing Multilateralism for a Multipolar World," at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, in Washington DC, US. He noted that climate change policy can be linked to development and win support from developing countries for low carbon growth, "but not if it is imposed as a straitjacket."

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