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 Press Release Indonesia accepts Doha Amendment
30 September 2014
Indonesia submitted its instrument of acceptance of the Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on 30 September 2014. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary. The United Nations is encouraging governments to speed up their ratification of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the international emissions reduction treaty.  
 Press Release Peru and Djibouti accept Doha Amendment
24 September 2014
Djibouti and Peru submitted their instrument of acceptance of the Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on 23 and 24 September 2014, respectively. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary. The United Nations is encouraging governments to speed up their ratification of the second commitment period of the Protocol. To date, 17 Parties have accepted the extension and 144 are required to bring it into force.
 Press Release Mexico and Singapore accept Doha Amendment bringing total number to 15
23 September 2014
Mexico and Singapore have formally accepted the amendment to the Kyoto Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. The total number of Parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance is now 15. Mexico and Singapore deposited their instruments of acceptance on 23 September 2014. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.
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Press Release  The Solomon Islands thirteenth Party to accept Doha Amendment
5 September 2014
The Solomon Islands have become the thirteenth Party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. The Solomon Islands deposited their instrument of acceptance on 5 September 2014. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.
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 Press Release Morocco twelfth Party to accept Doha Amendment
5 September 2014
Morocco has become the twelfth Party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. Morocco deposited its instrument of acceptance on 5 September 2014.
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 image Process Begun to Assess Developed Country Emissions Targets
28 August
Bonn, Germany
Governments decided at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, in 2011, to launch a new process under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that would assess progress made by developed countries towards achieving their national targets to limit and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Known as multilateral assessment (MA), this initiative has now been launched and it will enable developed countries to compare their individual performances in meeting their targets.
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 Image Technology Executive Committee, 9th meeting
18-21 August 2014
Bonn, Germany
At its 9th meeting, the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) held a thematic dialogue on climate technology financing, which supported the TEC to identify possible linkages between the Technology Mechanism and the financial mechanism. The TEC made progress in preparing its workshop on national systems of innovation, to take place on 13 and 14 October 2014 in Bonn, and on TEC Briefs on adaptation technologies and papers on technology needs assessments. It also prepared draft recommendations and key messages to be submitted to COP 20, including on possible linkages between the Technology Mechanism and the financial mechanism.
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 Image Bonn Adaptation Expo
8-9 August
Bonn, Germany
Representatives from more than 74 countries – including 47 Least Developed Countries - gathered in Bonn on 8-9 August to share experiences and to discuss support for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process. It was the second NAP Expo, organized by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) under the UNFCCC.
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CDM Board Agrees Improvements to Stakeholder Consultation
18 July 2014
Bonn, Germany
The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has agreed on rules to better ensure local stakeholders have a say in CDM emission-reduction projects. At its 80th meeting, the Board agreed that stakeholders will have a means to lodge complaints about a project, even after the local stakeholder consultation has been held, that the third-party validators that vet CDM projects must re-examine stakeholders’ comments in the light of any subsequent changes in project design, and that local stakeholder consultation must take place before the real start of the project.
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image Meetings related to the Standing Committee on Finance
June 2014
The seventh meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) took place from 16-18 June in Bonn. Members deliberated a variety of issues including the first biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows and the fifth review of the financial mechanism. Following that, the second forum of the SCF convened from 21-22 June in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where over 140 participants had lively discussions on how to mobilize adaptation finance.
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Press Release Norway eleventh Party to accept Doha Amendment
12 June 2014
Norway has become the eleventh Party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. Norway deposited its instrument of acceptance on 12 June 2014. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary. More on the Doha Amendment
Press Release China tenth Party to accept Doha Amendment
2 June 2014
China has become the tenth Party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. China deposited its instrument of acceptance on 2 June 2014. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.
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Image CDM Executive Board streamlines project approval process
1 June 2014
Bonn, Germany
The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has made a change to its project vetting process, relating to emissions monitoring plans, that should cut the time to registration and reduce the need for changes to project design documents.
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Press Release Kenya ninth Party to Accept Doha Amendment
28 April 2014
Kenya has become the ninth Party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. Kenya deposited its instrument of acceptance on 28 April 2014. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.
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image Director Mr. Jukka Uosukainen gives an update on the activities and progress of the CTCN
16 April 2014
The Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network, Mr. Jukka Uosukainen, has sent a letter to the national designated entities to the UNFCCC informing them of the recent activities and progress of the work of the CTCN and its plans for the near future. His letter can be read pdf-icon here (71 kB) .
Press Release Honduras eighth Party to Accept Doha Amendment
11 April 2014
Honduras has become the eighth Party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. Honduras deposited its instrument of acceptance on 11 April 2014. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.
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March Meetings of the Compliance Committee
On 18 March the branches and plenary of the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol held their first meetings of 2014. An induction session for members and alternate members was held the day before the meetings. The Committee elected a new bureau, considered the outcomes of the Warsaw conference, preparations necessary for its work in 2014–2015, and actions with regard to several Parties.
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UN Campus 23rd Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board
20-21 March 2014
Bonn, Germany
At its twenty-third meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board agreed on a new fundraising target for 2014 and 2015 amounting to USD 80 million per year to address the issue on continuing low prices of CERs and to facilitate implementation of the approved projects. The Board also approved one project for improved food security proposed by Indonesia and endorsed four project concepts proposed by India and Morocco.
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image Climate change secretariat moves to new HQ, Annex building in the making
In October 2013, the Executive Secretary and 300 of her staff moved into the new HQ, "Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus" (AH). In 10 years of planning and reconstruction, AH was rehabilitated to high environmental standards. UNFCCC is now accommodated together with all other Bonn-based UN entities on Bonn's UN campus at the new address "Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1" (United Nations Square). The remaining 250 UNFCCC staff will stay at the secretariat's old home 5km away until a new Annex on the UN campus is completed in 2017. The design of the Annex building has been awarded, in an international competition, to architect Stephan Lippert of Berlin.
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Press Release Micronesia (Federated States of) seventh Party to accept Doha Amendment
19 February 2014
Micronesia (Federated States of) has become the fifth party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. Micronesia deposited its instrument of acceptance on 19 February 2014. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.
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Press Release Monaco fifth Party to accept Doha Amendment
27 December 2013
Monaco has become the fifth party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. Monaco deposited its instrument of acceptance on 27 December 2013. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.
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Announcing video release of highlights from the first Adaptation Forum
29 November 2013
Bonn, Germany
The UNFCCC Adaptation Committee announces the release of highlights from its first Adaptation Forum, held on 19 November 2013 at the Palace of Science and Culture in Warsaw, Poland, on the margins of COP 19. The forum aims to raise the awareness and profile of adaptation globally. The first part of this year's Forum brought together a panel of leaders and visionaries to elaborate their ideas for a resilient future, whilst the second part allowed Adaptation Committee members and the audience to voice their visions for the future.
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image Climate Technology Centre and Network open for business
21 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the operational arm of the Technology Mechanism, will be open for business as of 9 December 2013 to receive technology transfer support requests from developing countries. Developing countries will be able to access the services of the CTCN through their National Designated Entities.
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image NEW NAMA guidebook launched
18 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
The UNFCCC Secretariat in collaboration with the UNDP and the UNEP- Risø Center has launched a publication entitled 'NAMA Design: Building on Country Experiences', which provides governments and organizations with practical approaches to the conceptualization, design and implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).
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Press Release Bangladesh fourth Party to accept Doha Amendment
13 November 2013
Bangladesh has become the fourth party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. Bangladesh deposited its instrument of acceptance on 13 November 2013. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.
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Second in-session workshop under the structured expert dialogue of the 2013-2015 review
12/13 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
The second meeting of the structured expert dialogue focused on assessing the adequacy of the long-term global goal (LTGG) in light of the latest IPCC Assessment Report on the physical science of climate change. Additionally, it focused on assessing overall progress made to date towards achieving the LTGG, including the likelihood of meeting and maintaining the goal, as well as on sharing lessons learned on the effectiveness of support provided for this.

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SBI workshop to further the understanding of the diversity of NAMAs
11 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
During the workshop, developing countries provided an update on activities to implement Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) at the national level. Several countries demonstrated progress in moving forward with their mitigation agenda in response to negotiations under the Bali Action Plan and demonstrated actions being undertaken on different fronts. It was noted, however, that efforts to support developing countries in implementing NAMAs will be crucial for the Convention to meet its objective.

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Seventy-sixth meeting of the CDM Executive Board (CDM-EB 76)
4-8 November 2013
Warsaw, Poland
At its seventy-sixth meeting, the CDM Executive Board agreed on a management plan designed to further improve the clean development mechanism (CDM) and find additional demand for certified emission reductions (CERs).The plan is designed to deliver on a two-year business plan agreed by the Board in October that aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the CDM validation and verification standards and procedures, and facilitate the acceptance of CERs for compliance and voluntary purposes.

image First thematic report by the Adaptation Committee on the State of Adaptation under the Convention published
7 November 2013
Bonn, Germany
The UNFCCC Adaptation Committee has launched a new report designed to increase awareness of the UNFCCC's evolving adaptation agenda and to encourage enhanced contributions to the global effort of responding to the adaptation challenge.
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image Portal on cooperative initiatives issued
6 November 2013
Bonn, Germany
The secretariat has made available a portal on cooperative initiatives in order to present information on additional cooperative climate actions undertaken around the world at various levels by governments, international organizations and civil society.
image NAMA registry now released and publicly available
16 October 2013
Bonn, Germany
The NAMA registry has now been released as a fully functional, public, web-based platform. This follows the successful completion of the prototype phase of the registry. You can view the registry and its content here.
Image CDM Executive Board agrees two-year plan to improve, safeguard CDM
30 September - 4 October 2013
Bonn, Germany
The CDM Executive Board agreed at its seventy-fifth meeting on a two-year plan designed to ensure the clean development mechanism remains an effective tool that countries and the private sector can use to mitigate climate change and contribute to sustainable development worldwide.
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Image Thirteenth meeting of the plenary of the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol
17-18 September 2013
Bonn, Germany
At its 13th meeting, the plenary adopted the eighth annual report of the Compliance Committee to the CMP. The report brings to the attention of the CMP a number of issues, including proposed amendments to the Committee's rules of procedure.
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Image Fourteenth meeting of the facilitative branch of the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol
16 September 2013
Bonn, Germany
Among other things, the branch decided to review the information that had been previously before it with respect to Austria, Croatia and Italy and agreed that it was insufficient to begin an exercise on early warning of potential non-compliance with respect to these Parties' QELROs for the first commitment period. The branch agreed to revisit the matter at its next meeting in March 2014, when additional information would be available.
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image Final Fast-start Finance Information Document now available
This final fast-start finance information document contains information from developed country Parties on the funds provided in the context of their fast-start finance commitment to provide new and additional resources, including forestry and investments, approaching USD 30 billion for the period 2010-2012 and with balanced allocation between mitigation and adaptation.
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Korea Wrap-up event of the work programme on Long-term Finance
10-12 September 2013
Incheon, Republic of Korea
The extended work programme on long-term finance concluded its technical and analytical discussions at its wrap-up event in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The event further addressed ways to mobilize the necessary financial resources to fund climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in developing countries.
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UN Campus 2nd meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)
9-11 September 2013
Bonn, Germany
At its 2nd meeting, the CTCN-AB was able to agree and finalize a number of mandated activities for delivery to Warsaw, including: the modalities and procedures of the CTCN; the criteria for prioritizing countries' requests to CTCN; the criteria for establishing the Network; and the draft work programme of the CTCN. The board also discussed the operationalization of the CTCN , including recruitment of staff.
Image 7th meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC)
4-7 September 2013
Bonn, Germany
At its 7th meeting, the TEC identified key messages to be included in the joint TEC-CTCN report to the COP. It also considered elements of the new 2014–2015 rolling workplan; finalized briefs on Technology Needs Assessments and technology roadmaps; discussed possible linkages with the CTCN and other bodies under and outside the Convention; and discussed further possible work on research, development and demonstration of environmentally sound technologies.
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image Mauritius third Party to accept Doha Amendment
5 September 2013
Mauritius has become the third party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. Mauritius deposited its instrument of acceptance on 5 September 2013. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.
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image Fifth meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance
27-30 August, 2013
Bonn, Germany
At its fifth meeting, the Standing Committee on Finance advanced discussion on a number of issues. These included: COP-GCF arrangements; guidance to the operating entities under the Convention (GEF and GCF); updated guidelines for the fifth review of the financial mechanism; biennial assessments and overview of climate finance flows; and the second SCF forum.
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Image Second Meeting of Experts on Long-term Finance
19-20 August 2013
Bonn, Germany
Following the first meeting in July, the second meeting of experts on long-term finance looked at ways to mobilize the necessary financial resources to fund climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in developing countries.
image Asia and the Pacific regional NAMA workshop
13-15 August 2013
Singapore
The 2013 Asian regional capacity building workshop on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing country Parties was held in Singapore. Among the topics covered were: updates on national implementation efforts; institutional arrangements for NAMA preparation and implementation; measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of NAMAs; and use of the NAMA registry. The next regional NAMA workshop will be held in Mexico in September.
image Barbados second Party to accept Doha Amendment
14 August 2013
Barbados has become the second party to the Kyoto Protocol to formally accept the amendment to the Protocol adopted at the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. Barbados deposited its instrument of acceptance on 14 August 2013. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.
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image ADP Co-Chairs' Note on progress
13 August 2013
In handing over their responsibilities as ADP Co-Chairs, Mr. Jayant Moreshver Mauskar (India) and Mr. Harald Dovland (Norway) prepared a note on progress providing their perceptions of and reflections on the progress made by the ADP in its first year. The Co-Chairs observe that the ADP has laid the foundations and is ready to shift gears and move on to defining the content of the 2015 agreement and deciding on concrete steps regarding pre-2020 ambition.
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NAMAs prototype First support entries published in the NAMA registry
2 August 2013
The prototype NAMA registry has received its first entries on support available for NAMAS, marking an important milestone in the ongoing development and implementation of the registry. The entries cover support from the German Environment Ministry (BMU). The prototype NAMA registry is only available to registered users but will be publicly available in October 2013.
Image CDM Executive Board wraps up 74th meeting
26 July 2013
Interest in the CDM in Africa remains hot despite a cooling in the market for the credits produced by CDM projects, according to information presented to the CDM Executive Board at its 74th meeting. During the meeting, the Board also adopted revisions to two standards and adopted a revised procedure for accreditation of the third-party entities that validate projects and verify emission reductions.
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Photo by Michael Lawenko dela Paz First Meeting of Experts on Long-term Finance
16-17 July 2013
Makati City, Philippines
The first meeting of experts on long-term finance, hosted by the Climate Change Commission, examined ways to mobilize the necessary financial resources to fund climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in developing countries.
Image Call for submissions by regional institutions and United Nations agencies on current support for adaptation in developing countries:
16 July 2013
As part of its work plan, the Adaptation Committee is inviting regional institutions and United Nations agencies to communicate their current support for adaptation in developing countries.
Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus handover United Nations take over new Climate Change Secretariat HQ
15 July 2013
Following a more ceremonial hand-over last October, the German Government has now physically transferred authority over the Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus building to the United Nations, for occupancy and use by the UNFCCC secretariat. Still, about half of the UNFCCC staff will remain in its old home, Haus Carstanjen, until a new building is erected on the UN Campus in Bonn. A contest for this new building is under way, and the best architectural designs will be selected in September this year.
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image Question of implementation with respect to Slovakia resolved at 23rd meeting of Compliance Committee enforcement branch
3-4 July 2013
In July 2012, when considering questions of implementation indicated in the 2011 annual review report of Slovakia, the enforcement branch of the Compliance Committee had declared Slovakia to be in non-compliance. At its 23rd meeting, the branch concluded that there is no longer a question of implementation with respect to Slovakia.
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Hela Cheikhrouhou - Photo by Pierre Wachholder - SNV World Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) selected at fourth meeting of the GCF Board.
26-28 June 2013
At the fourth meeting of the GCF Board, Ms. Hela Cheikhrouhou was selected as Executive Director of the Fund. Agreement was reached on a number of issues, including matters related to the administrative policies and procedures of the independent secretariat, the business model framework, as well as the relationship with the thematic bodies under the Convention and external bodies. Regarding the Fund's logo, the deadline for submissions was extended until 28 July 2013.
image Sixth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC)
26-28 June 2013
At its sixth meeting, the TEC focused its discussion on activities that would allow it to complete its 2012-2013 rolling workplan by the end of the year. Items under discussion at the meeting included technology briefs, technology needs assessments and collaboration with other institutional arrangements. The meeting also incorporated a thematic dialogue on research, development and demonstration of environmentally sound technologies. More information and webcast.
Workshop First forum of the Standing Committee on Finance
Video recordings from the first forum of the Standing Committee on Finance - held 28 May 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, in conjunction with the Carbon Expo - are now available. The Forum focused mainly on the issue of mobilizing finance and investments for climate action now.
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image Fourth meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance
15-17 June 2013
The fourth meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) was characterized by lively discussions on the first forum of the SCF, the arrangements between the COP and the Green Climate Fund, the work programme on long-term finance, MRV of support, as well as a code of conduct for the SCF. More information plus webcast.
Photo 1st Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention (continued)
11 June 2013
The second part of the 1st Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention focused on climate change training, as well as enhancing international cooperation on climate change education and training. Creating public awareness and enabling public participation in climate change decision-making is essential for strong climate action.
photo Long-term finance Co-Chairs' two-part event
4 & 10 June 2013
The Co-Chairs of the work programme on long-term finance (LTF) held a two-part event on LTF during SB 38, drawing participation from Parties and climate finance stakeholders. The first part of the event focused on pathways for mobilizing climate finance, while the second part focused on enabling environments and policy frameworks.
Photo ADP workstream 2 round table on pre-2020 ambition
10 June 2013
In the context of building a practical approach to pre-2020 ambition on emission reductions, discussions at this round table continued on the issue of enhancing finance, technology and capacity building support for developing countries.
Photo ADP workstream 1 round table on linkages
10 June 2013
At a round table on linkages held under the ADP workstream 1, Parties gave their views on how a 2015 climate agreement can link to existing institutions and arrangements under the Convention framework.
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Photo 1st Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention
10 June 2013
Part one of the 1st Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention took place on 10 June in Bonn. The Dialogue, which will be an annual event, provides a platform for Parties, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to exchange knowledge and experiences in order to promote education, training and public awareness on climate change.
Photo Workshop on results-based finance for implementing REDD+
10 June 2013
A workshop held during the Bonn session examined the issue of coordination of support for actions taken by developing countries to reduce emissions related to the forest sector, known as REDD+ activities.
Photo Workshop on the review of CDM modalities and procedures
9 June 2013
Participants at a two-day workshop held from 8-9 June in Bonn discussed opportunities to build on the achievements of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), while adjusting to the opportunities and challenges arising from the evolving international climate regime.
twitter During UNFCCC's SB 38 meeting in Bonn, the ADP Co-Chairs Jayant Moreshver Mauskar (India) and Harald Dovland (Norway) convened a pdf-icon special event with observers (75 kB) on 8 June (13:15 - 14:45 local Bonn time). This special event provided observers with an opportunity to present concrete ideas and proposals of how non-State actors can further contribute to collective action on climate change and how such action could be enhanced and promoted. Observers not physically present in the room were invited to participate virtually with the help of webcast and Twitter.
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Photo ADP workstream 1 round tables on variety of enhanced actions
8 June 2013
The focus at the round table part 3 on the theme of enhanced actions was on managing ambition in accordance with science and equity, while part four examined enablement and support of enhanced actions.
Photo ADP workstream 2 round table on building a practical approach to increasing pre-2020 ambition
8 June 2013
This round table took forward the debate on closing the gap between what is required to keep the world below a maximum two degrees Celsius temperature rise and current pledges. Governments also examined means of enhancing climate finance, technology and capacity-building to enable developing countries to adapt to climate change and green their economies.
Photo ADP workshop on energy transformation
7 June 2013
The ADP held its third workshop on workstream 2, relating to increasing pre-2020 ambition, with a focus on energy transformation, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and the consideration of carbon capture and storage.
Photo Workshop on improving support for REDD+ activities
7 June 2013
A workshop was held during the Bonn session on ways to improve the coordination of financial and technological support for REDD+ activities, such as reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation; sustainable management of forests; and conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
image Response measures in-forum expert meeting
7 June 2013
Following two workshops earlier in the Bonn session, the forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures held an expert meeting focusing on economic modelling and socio-economic trends.
naiis Non-Annex I inventory software (NAIIS) web application now operational
6 June 2013
The secretariat has launched the Non-Annex I Inventory Software (NAIIS) web application to facilitate non-Annex I Parties in estimating and reporting their national GHG inventories as a part of their national communications.
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Photo ADP round table on workstream 1: Variety of actions
6 June 2013
The workstream 1 round table discussions on variety of enhanced actions continued in Bonn on Thursday 6 June, with a focus on transparency and accountability. Parties explored related proposals and ideas, including that of a possible process to assess and adjust enhanced actions.
Photo ADP workshop on enhancing adaptation through the 2015 agreement
6 June 2013
A workshop on enhancing adaptation through the 2015 agreement, held in Bonn, looked at how to enhance adaptation through the 2015 agreement in a manner that achieves balance between adaptation and mitigation, including through strengthening existing institutions, arrangements and support. Parties agreed that adaptation should be an integral part of a new agreement.
Photo Event on quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets by developed country Parties
6 June 2013
At an in-session event in Bonn, Parties continued work on the clarification of quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets by developed country Parties, with a specific view to identifying common elements for measuring progress towards reaching these targets and ensuring comparability of efforts among developed country Parties.
Photo Second meeting of the Durban Forum on capacity-building, continued
6 June 2013
A number of issues were covered during part 2 of the second meeting of the Durban Forum, held in Bonn. These included: capacity building for the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol; capacity-building elements in work plans of the bodies established under the Convention and its Protocol; and enhanced delivery of capacity-building to promote concrete and effective adaptation and mitigation actions at the national level.
image ADP round table on workstream 2
5 June 2013
A two-part round table on workstream 2 (relating to enhanced mitigation ambition), focused on building a practical and results-oriented approach to increasing pre-2020 ambition. A presentation on the 2012 UNEP Emissions Gap report formed the basis of the discussion.
image ADP round table on workstream 1, part 2
5 June 2013
At the second part of the round table under ADP workstream 1 - focusing on transparency and accountability - specific views were elaborated on how transparency and accountability should be reflected in the 2015 agreement.
image In-session workshop under the structured expert dialogue of the 2013-2015 review
5 June 2013
The workshop, held in the context of the 2013-2015 review, aimed at increasing the understanding of existing scientific knowledge and how it can be used to address the two themes of the review: the adequacy of the long-term global goal (LTGG) in the light of the ultimate objective of the Convention; and overall progress made towards achieving the LTGG. External participants could follow the workshop via live webcast and were invited to send in questions and comments via Twitter. This resulted in hundreds of messages being tweeted.
image Response measures in-forum workshop - continued
5 June 2013
The workshop on response measures continued in Bonn on Wednesday, 5 June, with Parties addressing the issue of a just transition of the workforce, and the creation of quality jobs.
image ADP round table on workstream 1
4 June 2013
At a round table under workstream 1 (relating to the 2015 agreement) held on the second day of ADP 2.2 in Bonn, Parties focused on the process for securing a variety of enhanced actions, including commitments, and how actions will be supported through greater finance, technology and capacity-building enablement and support.
image SBSTA 38 research dialogue
4 June 2013
A dialogue on developments in research activities relevant to the needs of the Convention took place at SBSTA 38 in Bonn, focusing on developments in global climate information, emerging scientific findings, as well as developments in research-related capacity-building,
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image Response measures in-forum workshop
4 June 2013
A workshop on response measures - to be continued on 5 June - was held on the second day of SB 38 in Bonn, with governments continuing their work on avoiding negative consequences of climate action.
image Second meeting of the Durban Forum on capacity-building
4 June 2013
At the 2nd meeting of the Durban Forum on capacity-building, part 1, held during the Bonn Climate Change Conference, those interested in or working on capacity-building had the opportunity to learn about on-the-ground action already underway and to network with multiple stakeholders.
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windmill Page launched on new market and non-market mechanisms
31 May 2013
The UN Climate Change Secretariat has created a webpage to help Parties share information and track progress on the intergovernmental negotiations on a framework for various approaches, non-market-based approaches and the new market-based mechanism. The webpage pulls together the documents, workshop reports and other information on the matter.
image Prototype of the virtual part of the new UNFCCC Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance
30 May 2013
The UN Climate Change Secretariat has launched a prototype of the virtual part of the new UNFCCC Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance. Stakeholders can, for example, send in YouTube videos about various issues related to climate finance, along with publications, reports and links that can be posted on the new web site.
Workshop The first Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance
28 May 2013
The Standing Committee on Finance held its first Forum on 28 May in Barcelona, Spain, in conjunction with the Carbon Expo. The Forum focused mainly on the issue of mobilizing finance and investments for climate action now.
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image ADP 2 workshop on low-emission development opportunities
30 April 2013
Participants at the ADP 2 meeting in Bonn discussed examples of what can be done to address issues such as energy efficiency, renewable energy and low-emission technology. It emerged that a breadth of mitigation actions are already taking place both at national and international levels, and ample opportunities exist to further scale up these actions.
image Prototype NAMA registry now operational
30 April 2013
The secretariat has launched a fully operational prototype registry to record developing countries nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs). Developing country Parties can now electronically submit and update information on their potential mitigation actions in need of support as well as having their own mitigation actions recognized.

Further information on the registry and the process for gaining access rights
image First ADP 2 workshop
29 April 2013
At ADP 2 in Bonn, a workshop on the scope, structure and design of the 2015 agreement was held, focussing on aspects relating to the application of Convention principles, ways of defining and reflecting enhanced action, and experiences and lessons learned from other processes.
image pdf-icon NAP technical guidelines (82 kB) released
25 April 2013
An important milestone has been reached in the national adaptation plan (NAP) process, with the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) releasing the NAP technical guidelines. These guidelines will assist developing countries in producing their NAPs in a comprehensive and strategic manner.
Long term finance Webinar on Long-term Finance to be held on 18 April 2013
5 April 2013
The Co-Chairs of the UNFCCC work programme on long-term finance invite Parties and stakeholders to participate in a webinar on 18 April. Attendees to this webinar will have the opportunity to share their views on the work programme, designed to explore pathways and enabling environments for mobilizing scaled-up climate finance to USD 100 billion per year by 2020 from public, private and alternative sources.
More information and registration information
image UNFCCC and UNEP sign Memorandum of Understanding to launch new Climate Technology Centre
22 February 2013
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNEP to launch the new Climate Technology Centre (CTC). The CTC and its Network is part of the UNFCCC's Technology Mechanism agreed by governments in Cancun in 2010. The signing means that the mechanism is on track to deliver mitigation and adaptation benefits for developing countries.
Press release
windmill Nominations of national designated entities for the development and transfer of technologies
21 February 2013
In response to a request from Parties at COP 18, the UNFCCC secretariat has invited Parties to pdf-icon nominate their national designated entities, (NDEs) for the development and transfer of technologies. Deadline for sending the name of the organization and contact address/person to the secretariat is 29 March 2013. This is a first step towards establishment of a database of NDEs - in collaboration with UNEP - which will be available through the UNFCCC website.
Image Indonesia moves towards climate-friendly transport technologies and measures
23 January 2013
With the Sustainable Urban Transport Initiative (SUTRI) the Indonesian Government has submitted a NAMA to improve the transport situation of the urban population. The implementation of this initiative will kick off in three pilot cities: Medan (Capital of North Sumatra), Manado (Capital of North Sulawesi) and Batam (Riau Islands). pdf-icon Read more
Image Cook Islands submits NAMA to promote energy efficiency
17 January 2013
Cook Islands is the first small island developing State to seek support for implementation of an ambitious renewable energy plan. Their NAMA aims to phase out diesel use, with a view to achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2020.
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New alliance launched to help bring about behavioral change
3 December 2012
The UNFCCC secretariat, together with FAO, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFCCC, UNICEF, UNITAR and WMO, has launched the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness. The Alliance will support the new Doha work programme on Article 6 of the Convention, as well as report regularly on these activities through an annual dialogue on Article 6.
pdf-icon Doha work programme
image UNFCCC secretariat achieves aim of full climate neutrality by end of 2012
Doha/ Bonn, 30 November 2012
The UNFCCC secretariat has achieved its aim of full climate neutrality by the end of 2012, through emission avoidance and reduction, plus an offsetting scheme using Adaptation Fund CERs for the remaining balance.
Web page
Handing-over of the key to the UN Climate Change Secretariat German government hands over keys to new UN Climate Change Secretariat building in Bonn
31 October 2012
As an important step to accommodate the increasing demand from Parties for more space and facilities, the German government has officially handed over the keys to a new UNFCCC secretariat building, located in the Bonn UN campus. Secretariat staff are to move into the new building some time next year.
Press release
Signing UNFCCC forges first-of-its-kind partnership to assist development of emission-reduction projects
16 October 2012
To increase the regional distribution of clean development mechanism (CDM) projects, the UNFCCC secretariat, in collaboration with the Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD), has established a CDM support office in Lomé, Togo. The aim is to enhance capacity-building and help the region's governments, NGO's and private sector engage in the development of CDM projects. The first-of-its-kind partnership agreement was signed by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and BOAD President, Christian Adovelande. Multiple support offices will be established in the coming months.
pdf-icon Press release (128 kB)
Barbados SIDS expert meeting on addressing loss and damage held in Barbados
11 October 2012
The last meeting of a series of expert meetings on a range of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including impacts related to extreme weather events and slow onset events, was successfully held recently in Barbados. The meeting considered various aspects of loss and damage from the SIDS perspective, in particular those related to addressing climate impacts related to slow onset events. Details on proceedings, including presentations and background documents.
image Second Workshop on Long-term Finance
3 October 2012
As part of the work programme on long-term finance, a transparent and interactive second workshop on long-term finance took place from 1 to 3 October in Cape Town, South Africa, bringing together around 120 participants from Parties, private sector, civil society, and academia. The workshop focused on the issue of scaling up of climate finance and what is required in terms of policies and instruments to enhance enabling conditions, along with the delivery of and access to climate finance. All workshop materials, including the archived webcast
Workshop First NAMA submissions for the registry received by UNFCCC
1 October 2012
The first submissions of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) for the future NAMA Registry have been received by the UNFCCC secretariat and compiled in a temporary website. The NAMA Registry prototype (requested by Decision 2/CP.17) is expected to become operational in November 2012. In the meantime, Parties and organizations are invited to submit NAMAs seeking support for preparation or implementation, NAMAs for recognition, and information on support for the preparation and implementation of NAMAs.
Interested Parties and entities are invited to visit this link.
Workshop First meeting of the Adaptation Committee held in Bangkok
13 September 2012
The Adaptation Committee successfully concluded its inaugural meeting in Bangkok. The four-day meeting achieved its objective of developing activities for its three-year work programme, evolving a sense of common purpose and a vision for the committee among its members, and establishing good working relationships between members. Discussion focused on articulating the strategic vision of the Committee, ranging from accelerating climate-resilient investment and fostering synergies across all classes of adaptation actors, to achieving coherence of adaptation considerations within and outside the Convention process. More on the Adaptation Committeë
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13 September 2012
Assisting developing countries in identifying and analysing priority technology needs was the focus of a three-day workshop in Bangkok. The experience-sharing workshop on technology needs assessments was held in response to a request by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and in conjunction with the fourth Technology Executive Committee meeting. It was jointly organized by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UNFCCC. The Technology Needs Assessment Project provided a useful forum for participating countries to pinpoint the way forward using environmentally sustainable technologies. Press release
image First webinar on long-term finance
13 September 2012
The first webinar featured discussions focussed on various approaches applied to assessment of financing needs to implement mitigation and adaption measures in developing countries in the longer term. All information regarding the webinar, including the presentations.
Workshop Inaugural meeting of the Standing Committee held in Bangkok
8 September 2012
The first meeting of the Standing Committee (SC) was held following the informal sessions of the Ad hoc Working Groups. Members elected Ms. Diann Black Layne (Antigua and Barbuda) as Chair and Mr. Stefan Schwager (Switzerland) as Vice-Chair for the first terms of office. Members also began to consider elements of the work programme of the SC, and its modalities of work, the modalities of the Forum, and links with the SBI and thematic bodies of the Convention. Discussions focused on the functions and activities of the SC, giving members the opportunity to outline their views on the work of the SC, deliverables for COP 18 and beyond 2012. More
Workshop E-forum on Long-term finance launched
6 September 2012
An e-forum has been set up under the work programme on long-term finance to contribute to facilitating an informed and robust dialogue on the scaling up of mobilization of climate change finance after 2012 between governments, public and the private finance community, civil society, and academia. Aimed at boosting transparency and inclusivity, the e-forum relies on the involvement, engagement and support of these stakeholders.
E-forum page
Workshop Compilation of 2012 submissions on fast-start finance completed
3 September 2012
The nine submissions on fast-start finance received by the UNFCCC secretariat have been compiled in an information document, which is now available on the UNFCCC website. Together, the submissions provide information on the provision of financial support by developed countries as part of their collective commitment to provide new and additional resources approaching USD 30 billion for the period 2010–2012, Together, the submissions provide information on the provision of financial support by developed countries as part of their collective commitment to provide new and additional resources approaching USD 30 billion for the period 2010–2012, a pledge these countries made at COP15 in Copenhagen.
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image Board of the Green Climate Fund kicks off its work and elects two Co-Chairs
23 August 2012
The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) started its first meeting today after successfully filling all 24 Board seats. It will address several key issues, including initiating work towards the operationalization of the Fund and the process it will follow to select the host country of the Fund. UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley delivered the opening statement.
pdf-icon Media release (118 kB)
pdf-icon Opening statement by UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley (70 kB)
Image CDM Roundtable
10 August 2012
The 5th CDM Roundtable provided an interactive forum for gathering stakeholders to discuss the latest work on the topics of: improving the stakeholder consultation process; improving the assessment of additionality; improving the guidelines on first-of-its-kind and common practice; and the development of a consolidated methodology development process.
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Workshop Enabling the submission of information to the NAMA registry prototype
6 August 2012
Decision 2/CP.17 requested the secretariat to develop a Prototype of the NAMA registry. This prototype is expected to become operational in November 2012. In meantime, the secretariat has put in place a temporary website to enable the submission of information to the registry. Parties and organizations will be able to submit NAMAs seeking support for preparation; NAMAs seeking support for implementation; Other NAMAs for recognition; and information on support for preparation and implementation of NAMAs. Submission templates have been made available to ease the process of submission. Interested Parties and entities are invited to visit this link.
Mexico Technical workshop on water, climate change impacts and adaptation strategies held in Mexico
18-20 July 2012
At COP17 in Durban, governments requested the secretariat to organize a technical workshop on water, climate change impacts and adaptation strategies, in collaboration with Nairobi work programme partner organizations and other relevant organizations. More information and the presentations given at the workshop can be found here.
Work Programme on Long-term Finance: First workshop on Long-term Finance held in Bonn
11 July 2012
As part of the work programme on long-term finance, the first workshop on long-term finance took place on 9-11 July in Bonn. It was one of two workshops which will be held during the course of 2012. A second workshop will be held in Cape Town 1-3 October. More information on the workshop, including all the presentations given at the workshop, as well as on the work programme can be found here.
Top ranked candidate for hosting Climate Technology Centre confirmed
25 May 2012
A UNEP-led consortium was confirmed by Parties as the top-ranked candidate for hosting the Climate Technology Centre, from a short-list drawn up by an evaluation panel based on criteria specified and agreed on by Parties at COP17 in Durban. Work can now begin on drafting a host agreement for approval by the COP in Doha.
Relevant SBI draft conclusion here. FCCC/SBI/2012/L.18.
All proposals and the short list are available here
Durban Forum on Capacity-building inaugurated
22-23 May 2012
The Durban Forum on Capacity-building held its inaugural meeting 22-23 May. The meeting was the first arrangement of its kind in the history of the UNFCCC that allowed for the direct participation of all stakeholders involved in building the capacity of developing countries to curb emissions and adapt to climate change.
Link to on demand webcast of part 1 of meeting
Link to on demand webcast of part 2 of meeting
Background and agenda
Governments discuss how to raise ambition
Bonn, 21 May 2012
At COP 17 in Durban, governments noted with grave concern the gap between the sum of current pledges to curb emissions and what is required by 2020 to limit the increase of global average temperatures to at the most 2 degrees Celsius. Because of this, they agreed to undertake a work plan to close the gap. First discussions on how to raise ambition took place in the form of a workshop in Bonn.
On demand webcast of part 1 of workshop, with presentations
On demand webcast of part 2 of workshop, with presentations
Information note, agenda and submissions
Workshop takes place in Bonn on new market-based mechanism
Bonn, 19 May 2012
A new market-based mechanism was defined at COP17 in Durban, with the aim of significantly scaling up support for mitigation activities beyond current levels. Discussions at a workshop in Bonn enabled Parties and observers to exchange views and to consider design options for the mechanism.
On demand webcast of workshop, with presentations
Information note and agenda
Governments discuss framework for various mitigation approaches
Bonn, 19 May 2012
Countries around the world are currently implementing their own mitigation approaches, including market-based mechanisms. Governments agree that all such approaches must meet robust standards to guarantee environmental integrity. At a workshop in Bonn, Parties and observers have exchanged views on a possible framework to aid in the development of these standards.
On demand webcast of workshop, with presentations
Information note and agenda
Workshop furthers understanding of developing country NAMAs
Bonn, 18 May 2012
A workshop to further the understanding of the diversity of nationally appropriate mitigation actions by developing country Parties, underlying assumptions, and any support needed for implementation of these actions took place in Bonn Thursday.
On demand webcast of workshop, with presentations
Information note and agenda
Workshop Developed countries clarify emission reduction targets
Bonn, 17 May 2012
A useful workshop on the clarification of developed country Parties' quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets and related assumptions and conditions took place in Bonn during the UN Climate Change Conference. An additional objective of the workshop was for developed countries to share experiences with the design of low-emission development strategies.
On demand webcast of workshop, with presentations
pdf-icon Information note and agenda (104 kB)
Governments discuss equitable access to sustainable development in Bonn
Bonn, 16 May
Ensuring equitable access to sustainable development is central to the UN climate change negotiations. An important workshop at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn has enhanced Parties' understanding of this approach and its possible operationalization, particularly in the context of identifying the time frame for the peaking of global emissions and the global goal for emission reductions in 2050.
On demand webcast of part 1 of workshop, with presentations
On demand webcast of part 2 of workshop, with presentations
NAMAs prototype NAMAs prototype registry presented at SBI 36
15 May 2012
The prototype of a registry for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) was officially presented by the UNFCCC secretariat to governments at SBI 36 in Bonn. The registry is meant to record both NAMAs seeking international support and NAMAs seeking recognition; and facilitate matching of finance, technology and capacity-building support with these actions. On the basis of comments received from governments on how to improve the design of the prototype, the secretariat will deploy a first version of the prototype registry by mid-July. A fully-functional version of the registry is expected to be presented at the end of the year at COP18 in Doha.
Online prototype registry
pdf-icon Information note (56 kB)
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Durban Forum on Capacity-building
22-23 May 2012
The Durban Forum on Capacity-building, one of the major outcomes of COP 17, will hold its inaugural meeting on 22-23 May. The meeting is the first arrangement of its kind in the history of the UNFCCC that allows for the direct participation of all stakeholders involved in building the capacity of developing countries to curb emissions and adapt to climate change.
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CDM Project Extending the benefits of the CDM
11 May 2012
At its meeting that wrapped up in Bonn on 11 May, the Executive Board of the Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism (CDM) agreed to consider a proposal that could expand the list of small-scale projects that qualify automatically due to their obvious ability to reduce emissions and the obvious barriers they face to implementation, a move that could greatly extend the benefits of the CDM.
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Green Climate Fund

Offers to host the Green Climate Fund now public
19 April 2012
The offers of the countries that are bidding to host the Green Climate Fund are now posted on the website of the GCF at GCFund.net. On Monday, the Interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund announced that six countries: Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, Republic of Korea and Switzerland had submitted expressions of interest for hosting the Fund. The Green Climate Fund Board will conduct an open and transparent process for the selection of the host country and is expected to initiate next steps at its first meeting scheduled for 31 May to 2 June.
Green Climate Fund website