Event: 60th session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee [viewed]

During this session, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is scheduled to consider, in the light of the outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, the enacting of the technical and operational measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from international shipping that were disseminated in 2009 for voluntary trial application. The MEPC will also discuss the possible mandatory application of these measures based on a proposal by Japan, Norway and the US to add a new section on energy efficiency to MARPOL Annex VI Regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships. The MEPC will also continue developing the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) to cover ships with non-conventional design and propulsion systems that are not covered by the current index formula. In addition, the Committee will continue its consideration of market-based instruments to supplement the technical and operational measures. A working group on GHG issues will be convened during the session.

 

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UNFCCC Publishes Initial NEEDS Report [viewed]

16 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an initial summary report titled "National Economic, Environment and Development Study for Climate Change."

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UNEP Releases Arab Region Environment Outlook [viewed]

15 March 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled "Environment Outlook for the Arab Region: Environment for Development and  Human Well-being," which outlines the multiple challenges facing the Arab region, from climate change and food insecurity to decreasing water availability and unemployment.

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CARICOM Governments Discuss Copenhagen Outcome [viewed]

15 March 2010: The 21st Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which convened in Roseau, Dominica, on 11-12 March 2010, discussed the outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference among other things.

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EU Ministers Develop Conclusions Regarding Copenhagen Follow-up [viewed]

15 March 2010: During a meeting on 15 March 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, the Council of the Environment Ministers of the EU adopted conclusions on climate change regarding the “Follow-up to the Copenhagen Conference.”

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RAMSAR STRP Addresses Carbon Storage in Wetlands [viewed]

3 March 2010: The Ramsar Convention's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) met in Gland, Switzerland, from 22-26 February 2010, for its 'mid-term workshops' to further progress its 2009-2012 Work Plan.

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Event: First Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the African Union (AU). African Ministers responsible for meteorology will meet to address ways of strengthening weather, climate and water information for decision making. The first part of the Conference, from 12 to 14 April, will be a preparatory meeting of experts and partners of all sectors concerned, while the Conference of Ministers will take place on 15 and 16 April. The preparatory expert segment will bring together a broad range of decision makers, users and providers, drawing on their experiences, to improve weather, water and climate information and services. These experiences include for example flood risk management in Mozambique, agrometeorology in Mali and drought insurance in Malawi. The Ministerial Conference is expected to endorse high level support to the expert-based Conference Statement from government representatives and to adopt a Conference Declaration for the development of weather, water and climate services in Africa. The Conference of Ministers Responsible for Meteorology in Africa is a follow-up to the decision of the third World Climate Conference, held by the WMO in 2009, to create the Global Framework for Climate Services.  

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UN Secretary-General Releases MDG Report [viewed]

15 March 2010: The UN Secretary-General has released a report titled “Keeping the promise: a forward-looking review to promote an agreed action agenda to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015” (A/64/665). The report presents information on progress made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and calls for a new pact to accelerate the progress in achieving the goals.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Overview Schedule [viewed]

15 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the Overview Schedule for the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 11) and the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 9), which are due to convene from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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EU Ministers Link Post-2010 Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

15 March 2010: During a meeting on 15 March 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, the Council of the Environment Ministers of the EU adopted Conclusions on biodiversity post-2010, which include several references to climate change.

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