UNDP Newsletter Highlights Support to Developing Countries to Build Up Capacities for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

© UNDPOctober 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its Climate Change Adaptation Newsletter, a quarterly publication, highlighting the support the organization is providing to 75 countries in the development of national, sub-national and community level capacities to adapt and build their resilience against climate change risks.

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Guest Article #25: The Adaptation Fund - where is it heading? [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund (AF) was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC and launched at COP-7 in Marrakech, in 2001. The aim was to finance adaptation projects in vulnerable developing countries. Real work to establish the Fund started only in 2008 with the establishment of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB). The Board with its first Chair, Richard Muyungi from Tanzania, managed to get the legal framework prepared and adopted at the Poznan climate change conference by the end of 2008. Further work by the Board in 2009 has resulted in, among other accomplishments, agreed Operational Policies and Guidelines, a framework to assure so called ‘direct access' and an accreditation process for national implementing entities. Thus the Fund is becoming operational before the climate change conference in Copenhagen at the end of this year.

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African Negotiators Define Desirable Copenhagen Outcome [viewed]

© UNEP23 October 2009: The Technical Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) Pre-COP 15 (Second Meeting of the African High Level Expert Panel on Climate Change) convened from 19-23 October 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and concluded with a call for a “fair, inclusive, effective and equitable new agreement in Copenhagen.” The session was the initiative of AMCEN and the African Union (AU), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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UN-REDD Hosts Side Event during World Forestry Congress [viewed]

© UN-REDD23 October 2009: The UN Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (UN-REDD Programme) hosted a side event during the World Forestry Congress, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 18-23 October 2009. The side event showcased the UN-REDD Programme's support to country efforts to get ready for REDD and to develop requisite capacity for implementation.

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UN Special Rapporteur Highlights Links between Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies and Right to Adequate Housing [viewed]

© UN23 October 2009: Addressing a news conference on 23 October 2009, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing Raquel Rolnik stressed that adaptation and mitigation strategies that governments put into place, as well as the new climate change agreement to be discussed in Copenhagen later this year, must fully comply with human rights norms, including the right to adequate housing.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Revised Potential Consequences Document [viewed]

© UNFCCC21 October 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a revised note by the AWG-KP Chair (FCCC/KP/AWG/12/Rev.1) on the consideration of information on potential environmental, economic and social consequences, including spillover effects, of tools, policies, measures and methodologies available to Annex I Parties.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Addendum to AWG-KP Agenda for Barcelona [viewed]

© UNFCCC21 October 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum to the provisional annotated agenda for AWG-KP 9 (FCCC/KP/AWG/2009/11/Add.1).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases AWG-KP Documentation to Facilitate Negotiations [viewed]

19 October 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released documentation to facilitate negotiations among parties during the resumed ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 9), which will be held from 2-8 November 2009 in Barcelona, Spain, in conjunction with the resumed eighth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Document on GEF Support for Non Annex I Communications [viewed]

© UNFCCC21 October 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document (FCCC/SBI/2009/INF.11) on information on financial support provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the preparation of national communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention.

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Event: 19th Meeting of the JI Supervisory Committee [viewed]

The Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) will hold its 19th meeting to consider matters relating to Joint Implementation (JI). The meeting will be preceded by informal consultations on 2 December 2009.  

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