Doha Amendment, stronger commitments needed to fulfill carbon market potential to drive down emissions

Governments have agreed to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, beginning 1 January 2013. The adoption of a Doha Amendment at COP 18 in November this year is required to make this happen. Dirk Forrister, President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association, Miles Austin, Executive Director of the Climate Markets & Investment Association, and Gareth Phillips, Chair of the Project Developer Forum, give their views on why the Doha Amendment and a seamless transition into a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol are important to the carbon market, and speak on what is needed to fulfill the carbon market potential to drive down emissions cost-effectively.   More...



Scaling up the mobilization of long-term finance for climate change action

This July, the first three-day workshop on long-term finance took place in Bonn, marking the first major event in the work programme on long-term finance, which governments decided last year, at the 17th Conference of the Parties, to undertake. The workshop facilitated technical and analytical discussions in a frank, transparent setting, laying the groundwork for the second workshop in October this year. Tasked with the responsibility of running the work programme are co-Chairs Mr. Zaheer Fakir (South Africa) and Mr. Georg Børsting (Norway). They were in town recently to facilitate the first workshop. In this interview, they discuss their views, impressions and intentions with respect to the work programme and long-term finance.   More...



Progress made in REDD-plus and in REDD at the UN Climate Change Conference in May

Progress was made in REDD-plus under the Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) and in REDD in the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at the UN Climate Change Conference in May. REDD-plus outcomes will act as the starting point for discussions in Bangkok in August, and progress on REDD has been captured in a draft text.   More...


Work launched on methodological issues mandated by the Durban decisions

Four work programmes on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) were launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in May, supported by the UNFCCC secretariat. The work programmes were mandated through the decisions of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (CMP) in Durban.   More...


Fifth national communications review cycle completed

By mid-2012, the UNFCCC secretariat had organized and coordinated the in-depth reviews of all 40 fifth national communications (NC5) of Annex I Parties, which were due on 1 January 2010. With the reviews of Parties like Australia, the European Union, the Russian Federation and the United States of America in the first half of 2012, the review cycle of NC5 submitted under the Convention and under the Kyoto Protocol has thus been completed.   More...


Eastern European and Asia Pacific regions share experiences in preparation and implementation of NAMAs at workshop

Fifty-three participants from the countries of the Eastern European and Asia-Pacific regions shared experiences and lessons learned in preparing and implementing nationally appropriate mitigation actions by developing country Parties (NAMAs), at a UNFCCC workshop in Yerevan, Armenia, from 2 to 4 July.   More...


CDM Executive Board adopts guidelines to greatly extend CDM benefits

The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) adopted guidelines that streamline project assessment for small-scale projects, a move expected to extend the benefits of the CDM to underrepresented countries. The guidelines were adopted during the Board’s 68th meeting, which took place in Bonn in July.   More...



Discussions during May session build momentum for adaptation

During SB 36, progress was made on all Adaptation items, building momentum towards COP 18, with significant steps taken in relation to the process for national adaptation plans, least developed country matters and the work programme on loss and damage.   More...


Inaugural meeting of the Adaptation Committee to initiate work on three-year work plan

The first meeting of the Adaptation Committee is planned to take place soon after receipt of the pending membership nominations. During its first meeting, the Committee will initiate work on elaborating a three-year work plan, including defining milestones, activities, deliverables and resource requirements, in accordance with its agreed functions, for approval by COP 18.   More...


Expert meetings further progress the work programme on loss and damage

Expert meetings under the work programme on loss and damage have been successfully held this year in Tokyo, Japan, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Mexico City, Mexico. Further expert meetings will take place later this year.   More...


Water, climate change impacts and adaptation strategies discussed at Nairobi work programme technical workshop

Parties and experts engaged with the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation recently met to discuss water, climate change impacts and adaptation strategies in Mexico City, Mexico.   More...


Least Developed Countries Expert Group advances work on national adaptation plans, enhances LDC capacity

In reviewing the implementation of its work programme at its next meeting scheduled at the end of September, the Least Developed Countries Expert Group will focus on finalizing technical guidelines for the national adaptation plan (NAP) process, the support needs for the NAP process, and on regional training workshops aimed to strengthen the capacity of least developed countries to address adaptation through the national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) and the NAP process.   More...



First workshop on long-term finance held in Bonn

The first workshop on long-term finance (LTF) was held in Bonn, Germany from 9 to 11 July as part of the work programme on LTF, with the aim of facilitating technical and analytical discussions on scaling up the mobilization of climate change finance after 2012. The workshop sparked in-depth discussions around technical and analytical aspects, and attracted informed and focused stakeholder participation through social media.   More...


First meeting of the Standing Committee to be held in September

The first meeting of the Standing Committee will take place from 6 to 8 September in Bangkok, Thailand, back-to-back with the informal additional sessions of the Ad hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA), 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 the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (AWG-ADP).   More...


First meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board to be held from 23 to 25 August 2012

The first meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund will take place in Geneva from 23 to 25 August 2012. Following the completion of the nomination of Board members, the work to operationalize the Green Climate Fund can now go forward.   More...



Technology Executive Committee’s fourth meeting to focus on implementing 2012 – 2013 workplan

The fourth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) will take place from 6 to 8 September 2012, in conjunction with the UN Climate Change Conference in Bangkok. The focus will be on advancing the implementation of the workplan of the TEC for 2012 – 2013 and preparing its report for COP 18 in Doha.   More...


UNEP-UNFCCC workshop to focus on strengthening technology needs assessment process and national capacities

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UNFCCC will organise an experience-sharing workshop on technology needs assessments (TNAs) from 10 to 12 September in Bangkok, in response to a request by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).   More...



May climate conference marks international progress on capacity-building and education

Negotiations on capacity-building and education made major headway at the Bonn Climate Change Conference in May. Two draft decisions on capacity-building in countries with economies in transition were recommended for adoption at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha. The Bonn session also launched the review of the amended New Delhi work programme on Article 6, which deals with climate change education, training and public awareness.   More...


First meeting of the Durban Forum on capacity building hailed a success

The inaugural Durban Forum on capacity building saw more than 200 people from diverse backgrounds come together to share experiences and challenges in building the capacity of developing countries to respond to climate change. People from governments, youth groups, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, the private sector, the United Nations and academia took to the stage to tell their stories, signaling a shift to a more holistic way of tackling capacity building.   More...


Workshop bolsters least developed countries’ efforts on climate change education and awareness

Delegates from 35 least developed countries gathered last month in Bonn, Germany, to attend a three-day workshop aimed to bolster their efforts on climate change education, public awareness and training, the main elements of Article 6 of the Convention. They shared their success stories but also spoke about the challenges of putting Article 6 to work in their countries.   More...



ADP Co-chairs adopt an open and inclusive approach to launching work under the two work streams

At its inaugural session in May, the Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) agreed on its agenda and a multi-year co-chairing arrangement for 2012 to 2015. The ADP also convened a one-day workshop on enhancing the level of ambition under paragraph 8 of decision 1/CP.17, which provided the space for discussing ambition that many Parties had been seeking. At the informal additional session of the ADP to be convened in Bangkok, the ADP is expected to advance its work under the two work streams agreed in Bonn.   More...



The AWG-KP prepares to complete its work in Doha

The AWG-KP will meet informally in Bangkok to prepare to successfully complete its work this year at the Doha Conference by recommending amendments to the Kyoto Protocol to enable a smooth start of the second commitment (CP2) period on 1 January 2013.   More...



AWG-LCA intensifies its work towards closure by the end of the year in Doha

At the first part of its fifteenth session, held in May, the AWG-LCA set the scene for conclusion of its work at COP 18 in Doha by embarking on the remaining tasks mandated by the COP last year and engaging in a reflection on the overall progress made under the Bali Action Plan. At the informal additional session of the ad hoc working groups, to be held in Bangkok from 30th August to 5th September 2012, the AWG-LCA is expected to intensify its work towards its final outcome and conclusion at COP-18 in Doha.   More...



Climate science and the state of our climate

New records have been set recently in relation to the heat wave sweeping the eastern half of the US, rising levels of atmospheric CO2, and decline in sea ice extent in the Arctic. The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 provided further impetus for strengthening the use of science in policymaking.   More...


Fruitful discussions during the SBSTA 36 research dialogue

The research dialogue at the 36th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) provided a forum for Parties to receive updated information on climate science, and discuss preparations for the upcoming Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the state of the climate, building research-related capacity building in developing countries, as well as research priorities.   More...



"Business must bring to bear the full force of its innovation capacity to reduce its own emissions..."

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 18 June 2012

"... to demand emission reductions up and down its value chain, to produce products for low carbon living to educate consumers and to engage with decision makers." On Business Day at the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the Rio+20 conference, Christiana Figueres took stock of how far the world had come in recognizing the role of business in the solution to climate change, and outlines three things that must happen urgently with respect to governments, business and civil society.   More...


"Your ambition, showing it is doable, creates political space for national governments."

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 June 2012

At the Clean Revolution Summit held at Rio+20, Christiana Figueres outlined the reasons why subnational governments matter in the fight against climate change.   More...


"At the international level, it is equally clear that domestic legislation opens the political space for international agreements and facilitates overall ambition."

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 17 June 2012

On the occasion of setting the scene at the Expert Panel on Recognizing National Legislation at the 1st World Summit of Legislators, Christiana Figueres highlights the importance and relevance of national legislation to the international process and outlines recently-passed climate change legislation.   More...


Momentum for Change 2012 attracts over 100 projects tackling climate change

The Momentum for Change 2012 call for applications ended on 16 July 2012, receiving over 100 submissions of implemented projects which are mitigating and/or adapting to climate change and delivering environmental and social benefits to the urban poor. Starting in September 2012, all of the projects which have met the criteria will be available on the Momentum for Change, UNFCCC website.   More...


First round of CDM Loan Scheme reveals great interest for CDM projects

A newly launched loan scheme aimed at helping spur Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in developing countries closed its first round of applications with a strong show of interest from countries across the world. The CDM Loan Scheme received applications from 42 projects in 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.   More...


Governments and organizations invited to submit information to the NAMA registry

The UNFCCC secretariat invites governments and organizations to begin submitting nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and information on finance, technology and capacity building support for NAMAs to the NAMA registry. A temporary website has been developed to receive and make this information publicly available. It is expected that the prototype of the NAMA registry will deployed by November 2012 and will be presented to Parties at the 37th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation.   More...


Secretariat launches photo, audio and video contests to promote CDM and JI

The UNFCCC secretariat is looking for extraordinarily good ways of highlighting the benefits of the Kyoto Protocol’s market-based mechanisms, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI). To do so, it has launched four contests to inspire participants to communicate a complex message in a way that might surprise or even inspire people.  

CDM contest
JI contest

 

Climate change drives people into harm's way, says UN Refugee Chief

A new report based on scores of personal testimonies from refugees in Eastern Africa finds that climate change can make people more vulnerable and can also play a part in driving them into areas of conflict and ultimately across borders and into exile.   More...


Worldwide action on black carbon, methane and other
short-lived pollutants grows as seven more countries join new coalition

Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan and the United Kingdom were announced as new country partners in an international initiative to cut a range of climate-damaging pollutants that also have health and agricultural impacts.   More...


UN proposes mechanisms to raise $400 billion to close gap on development financing needs

In a major report, the United Nations proposed a series of financial mechanisms to raise $400 billion annually for development needs, as many donor countries have cut back their assistance funding due to the global economic crisis.   More...


Sustainable forests key to meet development goals – UN report

The world's forests have a major role to play in the transition to a greener economy, but governments need to do more to ensure they are sustainably managed, according to a new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).   More...


Rio+20: Ban announces more than 100 commitments on sustainable energy

Speaking at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that more than one hundred commitments and actions have been already mobilized in support of the UN’s global sustainable energy initiative.   More...

 

How do we make ‘green’ sexy?

For too long, green lifestyles have been put into two categories. On the one hand, we have the hair-shirt wearing, dreadlocked eco-hippies, and on the other we have the middle-class, white, yummy mummy. Green has either been too ‘out there’ for people or too expensive. Now is the time to bring everyone into the fold, but how?   More...


 

London raises bar on greening the Games

A reed warbler sings from her nest, well hidden along the banks of a river that winds through a London park. But this is not just any urban refuge – it's the Olympic Park, in a once derelict and contaminated area of east London populated by industrial buildings and neglected waterways.   More...


 

Activists hail success of Twitter storm against fossil fuel subsidies

High-profile support for #endfossilfuelsubsidies campaign helps it to top trending topic in US and second place globally.   More...


 

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Bangkok, Thailand 


 

Regional Expert Meeting on Loss & Damage



 

30 Aug  5 Sep

Bangkok, Thailand


 

UN Climate Change Conference (Additional session of the Ad Hoc Working Groups)



 

 8 Sep

Bangkok, Thailand


 

Fourth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee



 

 8 Sep

Bangkok, Thailand


 

First meeting of the Standing Committee