UNFCCC Bonn Talks Conclude [viewed]

© Chair Zammit Cutajar gavels the meeting to a close8 April 2009: The fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) and the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) concluded on 8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany. Among other decisions, parties decided to convene two additional meetings in 2009 and they mandated the new AWG-KP Chair John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) to prepare a proposal for amendments to the Kyoto Protocol under Article 3.9 (Annex I further commitments) and a text on other issues, such as LULUCF and the flexibility mechanisms.

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Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol Considers Costs Associated with Climate Benefits [viewed]

© Multilateral Fund7 April 2009: The Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol held its 57th meeting in Montreal, Canada, from 30 March-3 April 2009. The Committee approved US$25.5 million for projects and activities to phase-out ozone depleting substances (ODS), including funds for the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Workshop Report on Opportunities and Challenges for Mitigation in the Agricultural Sector [viewed]

© UNFCCC7 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the workshop report on opportunities and challenges for mitigation in the agricultural sector (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/CRP.2), which was held in Bonn, Germany, on 4 April 2009, during the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Addendum on Ideas and Proposals on the Elements Contained in Paragraphs 1 of the Bali Action Plan [viewed]

7 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/MISC.1/Add.4) to document FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/MISC.1 and Add.1.3, comprising two further submissions on ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraphs 1 of the Bali Action Plan.

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WHO and WMO Draw Linkages between Risks and Climate at World Health Day [viewed]

© WHO7 April 2009: The World Health Organization (WHO) and international partners, including the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), celebrated World Health Day on 7 April 2009, in Beijing, China, focusing on the theme “Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies.”

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UNEP Warns of Collapse of Antarctic Ice Bridge [viewed]

© UNEP7 April 2009: According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), the collapse of an ice bridge linking the Wilkins ice shelf to two Antarctic islands may indirectly influence sea level rise, as the decay of the ice shelf will reduce the stability of the glaciers that are feeding it.

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UN PFII to Consider Climate Change Policies' Compliance with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples' Standards [viewed]

© UN PFIIApril 2009: The seventh session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UN PFII), which took place from 21 April-2 May 2008, on the theme of “Climate change, biocultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role report of indigenous peoples and new challenges,” recommended the preparation of a report on whether climate change policies and projects adhere to the standards set forth in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The nominated UN PFII special rapporteurs, Hassan Id Balkassm and Paimaneh Hasteh, have prepared a concept note for this study, which seeks to capture the concerns expressed by indigenous peoples at being excluded from the development of national policies and programmes on climate change and from participating in the international dialogue under the UNFCCC (E/C.19/2009/5). The concept note, which recommends a set of issues to be addressed in the report, will be considered by the eighth session of the UN PFII to be held at UN Headquarters, New York, US, from 18-29 May 2009.

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EBRD Funds Clean Energy Investments across Eastern Europe and the Balkans [viewed]

© EBRD31 March 2009: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is intensifying its lending for energy efficiency and clean energy projects, and has recently established two new facilities worth €110 million to finance investments by enterprises in the Western Balkans in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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UN Secretary-General to IPU Assembly: Parliamentarians Play Crucial Role in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

© IPU5 April 2009: In a message delivered to the 120th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), held from 5-10 April 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help maintain the momentum to address climate change in face of the current economic crisis.

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Climate Change at CEB Meeting [viewed]

© CEB3 April 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Paris, France, on 3 April 2009, for a two-day gathering of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).

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