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This seminar is organized around the theme "Toward Low Carbon and Climate Change-resilient Asia-Pacific -From Copenhagen to Mexico." It is a joint initiative of the Austalian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.
The "Geneva Dialogue on Climate Financing," which is co-organized by the Governments of Switzerland and Mexico, will help prepare for the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC scheduled to take place in Cancún, Mexico, at the end of 2010, and will focus on the long-term financing of climate protection. Participants are expected to discuss the overall architecture of the financial mechanism, including the new Climate Fund, as well as private sector engagement, governance and funding sources.
Joint Implementation is one of the two Kyoto Protocol's project-based mechanisms. So far, it has been overshadowed by its twin brother the Clean Development Mechanism, and it does not seem to be a top priority on the negotiating agenda. It probably should.
9 July 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing a second iteration of text to facilitate negotiations among parties under the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/8).
9 July 2010: The European Commission has adopted a decision determining for the first time a cap on the number of emission allowances that will be available under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) in 2013, the beginning of the third phase of the System covering the 2013-2020 trading period. It also launched a tool to estimate fuel consumption by small aircraft operators as part of their compliance with the EU ETS.
9 July 2010: The US State Department has announced that US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern will travel to Latin America, together with Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela, from 10-15 July 2010, to discuss several climate change issues.
8 July 2010: The UNFCCC has published a Corrigendum (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/3/Corr.1) to the report of the 9th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 9).
7 July 2010: The UN Human Settlements programme (UN-HABITAT) has reported that the city of Wujin, China, has become the first Chinese city to join "The 100 Cities Initiative for Sustainable Urbanisation.”
7 July 2010: The UN University (UNU) hosted a lecture by Patricia Espinosa, Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Chair of the upcoming 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP16), on 5 July 2010. She discussed Mexico's preparations for COP 16, which will convene in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010.