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19 March 2010: Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, addressed the Pan Africa Media Conference on 19 March 2010, in Nairobi Kenya, and spoke about climate change, among other environmental issues.
18 March 2010: The small island developing States (SIDS) of the AIMS (Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea) region met in Male, Maldives, from 9-10 March 2010, to review progress achieved in the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (MSI). Participants expressed their desire to develop a regional position within the UNFCCC negotiations, among other areas for further attention.
17 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published reports submitted in 2009 of the individual reviews of the annual submissions of Austria (FCCC/ARR/2009/AUT), Belarus (FCCC/ARR/2009/BLR) and Monaco (FCCC/ARR/2009/MCO).
16 March 2010: Nobuo Tanaka, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director, delivered a presentation comparing the potential of biofuels in business-as-usual and reduced emissions scenarios at the World Biofuels Markets Conference 2010, which took place from 15-17 March 2010, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The objectives of this Conference are to: analyze the structural and systemic causes that drive climate change and propose measures to ensure the well-being of all humanity in harmony with nature; discuss and agree on the project of a Universal Declaration of Mother Earth Rights; agree on proposals for new commitments to the Kyoto Protocol and projects for a COP Decision under the UNFCCC to address climate debt, climate change migrants-refugees, emission reductions, adaptation, technology transfer, finance, forests, a shared vision, and indigenous peoples; work on the organization of the World People's Referendum on Climate Change; analyze and develop an action plan to advance the establishment of a Climate Justice Tribunal; and define strategies for action and mobilization to defend life from Climate Change and to defend the Rights of Mother Earth.
Tuvalu came to Copenhagen with the aim of “sealing the deal.” Six months earlier we had tabled proposals for a new protocol and amendments to the Kyoto Protocol. With hindsight, some may say this was naive of us. Nevertheless we were hopeful that over 110 Heads of States, that had promised to come to Copenhagen, could create the political space for a legal deal.
17 March 2010: The UN Forum on Climate Change Mitigation, Fuel Efficiency and Sustainable Development of Urban Transport met from 16-17 March 2010, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in preparation for the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).
17 March 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published the fourth message in its series of ‘10 messages for 2010.' The fourth message focuses on marine ecosystems and highlights links with climate change.
16 March 2010: The UNFCCC has published a compilation of 32 submissions from parties on views on the need for additional meeting time for the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), and on organization of work of the AWG- LCA (FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/MISC.1).