UNFCCC Publishes Provisional AWG-LCA 9 Agenda [viewed]

16 March 2010: The UNFCCC has published the annotated provisional agenda (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/1) for the ninth session of the  Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 9), which is  due to convene from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany, in conjunction with the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 11).

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Ban Calls for Confidence Building [viewed]

16 March 2010: In a press conference held in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated he was “encouraged” by the response of governments, scientific institutions and environmental activists to the launch of the independent review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He also welcomed the support expressed by 110 countries representing over 80% of global emissions for the Copenhagen Accord, noting it was “an important advance toward Cancun.”

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Indonesia Receives CTF Funding [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Trust Fund Committee of the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), which  met on 15 March 2009, in Manila, the Philippines, endorsed US$400 million in funding for Indonesia's geothermal power sector to meet the Government's goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26% by 2020.

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UN Human Rights Council Considers Report on Right to Food [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee presented a "Preliminary study on discrimination in the context of the right to food" (A/HRC/13/32) for consideration by the 13th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which is meeting from 1-26 March 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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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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