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Pressrelease Copenhagen United Nations Climate Change Conference ends with a political agreement to cap temperature rise, reduce emissions and raise finance
19 December 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen ended today with an agreement by countries to cap the global temperature rise by committing to significant emission reductions, and to raise finance to kickstart action in the developing world to deal with climate change. "The challenge is now to turn what we have agreed politically in Copenhagen into something real, measurable and verifiable," said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer.
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Status of acceptance of Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol

Israel deposited its instrument of acceptance of the amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol
on 28 December 2009.
Ukraine deposited its instrument of acceptance of the amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol
on 5 January 2010.
Total number of States and regional economic integration organizations that have deposited instruments of acceptance: 20
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Image Statement by Yvo de Boer at the high-level segment
15 December 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
Addressing the assembled delegates, Ministers and Heads of State at the high-level segment of the conference, Yvo de Boer stressed that now is the time to deliver: “It is up to you to ensure that the road to Copenhagen will not be remembered as merely having been paved with good intentions. It is now up to you to resolve outstanding issues and to lead the world into action.”
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Alternative conference venue for observer organizations partcipating in COP 15
The Danish Government in cooperation with the Danish NGO-network Peoples’ Climate Action (PCA) is organizing an alternative conference venue at Forum Copenhagen for the observer organization (NGOs and IGOs) representatives that will not be able to enter the Bella Center Thursday 17 and Friday 18 December. TV links to the Bella Center will be established that will show the proceedings at COP15.
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The Republic of Korea deposited its instrument of acceptance of the Amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol on 10 December 2009. The Republic of Korea's acceptance will bring the total number of States which have deposited their acceptance to the Amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol to 18.
A full list of the Parties who have accepted the amendment to Annex B of the Kyoto Protocol can be found pdf-icon here (290 kB) .
pressrelease Historic United Nations Climate Change Conference kicks off in Copenhagen with strong commitment to clinch ambitious deal
7 December 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
The United Nations Climate Change Conference - Copenhagen, 2009 kicked off today with a strong sense of confidence that countries can seal a comprehensive, ambitious and effective international climate change deal in Demark and with an unprecedented sense of urgency to act on climate change.
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Image Press release - Governments set to seal ambitious international climate change deal in Copenhagen
6 December 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
One day ahead of the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the UN’s top climate change official expressed confidence that the meeting would deliver a comprehensive, ambitious and effective international climate change deal.
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Image Mobile version of UNFCCC website and iPhone application for COP 15
2 December 2009
Stay tuned with the conference using the mobile version of the UNFCCC website. Using the iPhone application, users can:
- View the latest youtube videos and photos from the conference
- Read the latest documents, agendas and meetings information
- Join the Talks via the Facebook and Twitter channels and be part of the action
- Get logistical information about the conference
Download the iPhone app – ‘COP 15 Navigator‘ – free of charge here.
To view the UNFCCC website using your mobile device, go to http://mobile.unfccc.int.
Image Pre-COP 15 edition of the UNFCCC newsletter
2 December 2009
Bonn, Germany
This edition of the newsletter looks ahead to the crucial UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, and includes video messages by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu calling for urgent action on climate change.
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Training of GHG Inventory Review Experts
The UNFCCC secretariat is organizing a training course for GHG Inventory review experts planned for February - April 2010. Experts who would like to participate need first to be nominated to the roster of experts by their national focal point. Applications are being accepted now.

Image Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism, Fifty-first meeting (CDM-EB 51)
30 November-4 December 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
The proposed agenda and its annotations are now available online.
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Image Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee, Nineteenth meeting (JISC-19)
3-4 December 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
The proposed agenda for the nineteenth meeting of the JISC are now available online.
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Training of GHG Inventory Review Experts
The UNFCCC secretariat is organizing a training course for GHG Inventory review experts planned for February - April 2010. Experts who would like to participate need first to be nominated to the roster of experts by their national focal point. Applications are being accepted now.

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The report of the AWG-LCA on its seventh session including an annex which compiles the texts arising out of the session is now available as document FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/14
More information on the eighth session of the AWG-LCA here
More information on the tenth session of the AWG-KP here
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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer: "What can and must be achieved at COP 15 in Copenhagen"

25 November 2009
Bonn, Germany
Slightly less than two weeks ahead of the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefed the press about his expectations for the meeting.
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Image Second all-Africa Carbon Forum to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on 3–5 March 2010 - Conference, Trade Fair and Capacity Development to build on CDM gains on continent — IETA, UNEP, UNDP, WB, UNITAR, UNCTAD and UNFCCC
11 November 2009
Bonn, Germany
In an effort to build on growing interest in the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) in Africa, partner UN agencies and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) have announced they will organize a second all-Africa Carbon Forum, at the United Nations Gigiri complex in Nairobi, Kenya, on 3–5 March 2010.
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23-24 November
Bonn, Germany
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Latest news on ratification and accession
Chad deposited its instrument of accession to the Kyoto Protocol on 18 August 2009. The Kyoto Protocol will enter into force for Chad on 17 November 2009. Chad's accession will bring the number of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol - both States and regional economic integration organizations - to 190.
A full list of the Parties who have ratified or acceded to the Kyoto Protocol can be found
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Kyrgyzstan deposited its instrument of acceptance to the Amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol on 2 November 2009. Kyrgyzstan's acceptance will bring the total number of States which have deposited their acceptance to the Amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol to 17. France deposited its notification of withdrawal from the amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol on 27 October 2009.
A full list of the Parties who have accepted the amendment to Annex B of the Kyoto Protocol can be found
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image UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Governments can and must deliver
strong Copenhagen deal

6 November 2009
Barcelona, Spain
The last negotiating session before the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December concluded Friday in Barcelona, Spain. Speaking at a press conference in Barcelona, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer reiterated that Copenhagen must result in a strong international climate change deal.
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Image Address by Yvo de Boer to The Climate Group - Implementing Copenhagen: business and regional government in a new low carbon world
4 November 2009
Barcelona, Spain
In a speech to the Climate Group, Yvo de Boer stressed that an ambitious agreed outcome in Copenhagen will create new business opportunities for the private sector. These opportunities lie in the implementation of the outcome, which the private sector needs to be fully involved in. But this requires an unprecedented level of cooperation between different levels of Government and the private sector and clarity on what each needs to do to make it work.
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Image Barcelona UN Climate Change Talks to put in place solid foundation for success at Copenhagen
2 November 2009
Barcelona, Spain
The last negotiating session before the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December kicked off Monday in Barcelona, Spain. The meeting in Barcelona (2 to 6 November) follows on the UN Climate Change Talks in Bangkok (28 September to 9 October), which saw increasing convergence, streamlining of negotiating text and narrowing down of options for a comprehensive, fair and effective international climate change deal.
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Statement by Yvo de Boer at the opening of the Barcelona Climate Change Talks 2009
2 November 2009
Barcelona, Spain
In his opening address at the Barcelona Climate Change Talks, Yvo de Boer spoke of a "huge desire for these negotiations to succeed." World leaders from the North and the South are calling for an ambitious and comprehensive outcome at Copenhagen. And concerned citizens around the world are demanding strengthened action on climate change. He said the Barcelona talks need to make clear progress and put in place a solid foundation for success at Copenhagen here.
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27 October 2009
Bonn, Germany
This edition of the newsletter includes reports on developments at the latest talks in Bangkok and looks ahead to the Barcelona session in the first week of November. Barcelona is the final round of negotiations before the Copenhagen conference gets underway in December.
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Somalia accedes to the UNFCCC
Somalia became the 193rd State to deposit its instrument of accession to the UNFCCC. The Convention will enter into force for Somalia on 10 December 2009 during COP15 in Copenhagen. Somalia’s accession will bring the number of Parties to the Convention - both States and regional economic integration organizations - to 194.
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Address by Yvo de Boer at Delhi High Level Conference on Climate Change: Technology Development and Transfer
New Delhi, India
22 October 2009
In his address, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary outlined how the essentials of a strong climate change deal in Copenhagen can be captured in an overarching decision, including a deadline for completing negotiations on a comprehensive outcome. Such a decision can be complemented by a set of decisions on key issues in view of implementation without delay. This needs to include a strong decision on technology, supported by robust financing.
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Greenhouse gas emissions data from industrialized countries show increases in 2007, underscore need for ambitious Copenhagen deal
Bonn, Germany
21 October 2009
Greenhouse gas emissions from industrialized countries increased in 2007, continuing the upward trend of the previous six years. Data submitted to the UNFCCC show that greenhouse gas emissions of the 40 industrialized countries that have reporting obligations under the Convention rose by 1% from 2006 to 2007. The 2007 emissions of this group of countries are about 4% below 1990 levels. But there was an overall 3% growth in emissions in the period from 2000 to 2007.
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Image Message by Yvo de Boer to IEA Governing Board
Paris, France
15 October 2009
In a message to the International Energy Agency governing board at the launch of the special early excerpt of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2009, Yvo de Boer stressed that a substantial part of the response to climate change must come from the energy sector. He said the WEO 2009 presents the most up to date, comprehensive analysis of how the energy sector can deliver on a climate change deal in Copenhagen.
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image UN Climate Change Negotiations result in more clarity on “bricks and mortar” of Copenhagen agreed outcome, but decisions on finance and mid-term targets remain outstanding
Bangkok, Thailand
9 October 2009
The penultimate negotiating session before the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December wrapped up Friday in the Thai capital, Bangkok, with progress made on what needs to constitute the “bricks and mortar” of the Copenhagen agreed outcome, but with a continuing lack of clarity on key deliverables to make a successful international climate change deal workable.
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Image Speech by Yvo de Boer at World Bank Bali Dialogue
Istanbul, Turkey
5 October 2009
In a speech to Ministers of finance and development cooperation in Istanbul, Yvo de Boer stressed that a governance structure under the UNFCCC to guide financial resources for climate change action must clearly respond to the needs of developing countries. Such a structure, he said, must also ensure efficiency, effectiveness and accountability and include equitable and balanced representation. He also called for scaled up finance as the foundation for all other elements of a Copenhagen climate change deal.
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Image Speech by Yvo de Boer at launch of World Bank's latest report on the costs of adaptation
Bangkok, Thailand
1 October 2009
In his speech, Yvo de Boer underlined the timeliness of the World Bank’s latest report on the costs of adaptation, and stressed that adaptation finance is the essential requirement for a climate-resilient future. He said the tragic floods in the Philippines have made the vulnerability of developing countries visible. They drive home the urgent need to generate new, additional and predictable funding to begin urgent adaptation planning and implementation, and to get concrete money on the table in Copenhagen to trigger action now.
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Image Opening remarks by Yvo de Boer at UN regional briefing
Bangkok, Thailand
29 September 2009
The Executive Secretary underlined the need for the UN to deliver as one and provide coherent support on the ground to strengthen developing countries' ability to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change and to steer their economies into a low-emissions direction. De Boer called for improved inter-agency cooperation and coordination, and applauded the initiative to organize the UN regional briefing as an example of increased cooperation of organizations in the Asia Pacific.
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iamge Pace of UN Climate Change Negotiations Set to Pick Up in Bangkok as Result of New York Climate Change Summit
Bangkok, Thailand
28 September 2009
Government delegates meeting in Bangkok, Thailand embarked Monday on the penultimate round of climate change negotiations ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, at which a comprehensive international climate change deal is to be sealed. Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva opened the two-week meeting.
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image Statement by Yvo de Boer at the opening of the Bangkok Climate Change Talks 2009
Bangkok, Thailand
28 September 2009
Alluding to the call of world leaders at the recent UN Climate Change Summit in New York to clinch a comprehensive, ambitious and fair international climate change deal in Copenhagen, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said that he believed the pace of the negotiations in Bangkok was set to match an increasing pace of action at the highest political level.
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Image Speech by Yvo de Boer to the New York Bar Association
New York, United States
23 September 2009
In an address to the New York Bar Association, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer elaborated on the possible legal form of an agreed outcome in Copenhagen, and urged the United States to be fully engaged in the climate change process. If both its domestic policy and foreign policy on climate action are carefully developed in tandem to make them mutually reinforcing, he said, the fear that international policy will lessen the US’s legislative sovereignty could be alleviated.
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Image Video statement by Yvo de Boer ahead of the Climate Change Talks in Bangkok
Bonn, Germany
21 September 2009
“A strong agreement at Copenhagen to tackle climate change will keep
humanity in control of its destiny. Lose that opportunity now, and we will
shortly lose it forever,” said Mr. de Boer. “We are too close to an
agreement now to fail at the last gate.”

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Image Alliance of Small Island Developing States Summit on Climate Change
New York, United States
21 September 2009
Speaking at the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS) Summit on Climate Change held in New York, Yvo de Boer underlined the benefits a Copenhagen deal could bring with regard to protecting the people, properties and infrastructure of AOSIS countries, as well as spurring climate-resilient development. He urged these countries – as the conscience of the Climate Change Convention - to keep pushing for a high ambition level in the long-term.
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Image Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee, seventeenth meeting (JISC 17)
7-11 September 2009
Kiev, Ukraine
The report of the seventeenth meeting of the JISC is now available.
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Image Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism, forty-ninth meeting (CDM EB 49)
9-11 September
The report of the forty-ninth meeting of the CDM Executive Board, including its annexes, is now available.
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Image Summit on Climate Change
New York, United States
22 September 2009
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening a Summit on Climate Change to focus Heads of State and Government on the need for urgent action, and to mobilize the highest level political will needed to reach a fair, effective and scientifically ambitious global climate deal at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December. For further information and to follow proceedings live, click below.
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image Press release: Kyoto Protocol market mechanism strives to grow and improve
for good of present and future generations
Kiev, Ukraine
10 September 2009
Ukraine is hosting the 6th Joint Implementation technical workshop and 17th Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee meeting. Private and public sector stakeholders from 20 countries have gathered there this week to find ways to speed up and scale up a key market mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol, and ensure that lessons learned are carried to the critical international climate change conference in Copenhagen in December.
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image UNFCCC Executive Secretary praises Japan's emission reduction plans
Tokyo, Japan
7 September 2009
In a speech delivered at the Asahi World Environment Forum in Japan, Yvo de Boer praised the country's plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. Japan had shown leadership in climate change, he said, by spearheading climate-friendly technologies and by making its economy one of the most energy-efficient in the world. He highlighted renewed economic opportunities that exist through embarking on a green growth strategy, such as enabling the private sector to retain its global leadership role in clean technologies.
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World Climate Conference tackles climate change effects
Geneva, Switzerland
31 August 2009
More than 1,000 decision makers and scientists, including dozens of heads of state and ministers from more than 150 countries, are expected to attend the Third World Climate Conference in Geneva. The week-long meeting will look at ways to help countries cope with the effects of climate change, such as an increase in floods and drought.
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Image Negotiators get down to practicalities at Bonn UNFCCC meeting, but negotiations have yet to pick up speed
Bonn, Germany
14 August 2009
A week-long informal negotiating session toward a new global response to climate change concluded in Bonn Friday. The consultations, attended by around 2400 participants, were part of a series of UNFCCC gatherings this year designed to culminate in an ambitious and effective international climate change deal in Copenhagen in December. The Copenhagen outcome is to follow on the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012.
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Plenary address by Yvo de Boer at Pacific Islands Forum
Cairns, Australia
5 August 2009
In an address to participants at the Pacific Islands Forum, Yvo de Boer said that the nations represented were the conscience of the climate change Convention, and that they should use this to demand action. He stressed that Copenhagen was an opportunity to protect their countries from climate change and to move rapidly towards clean, sustainable growth.
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Bangkok Ninth session of the AWG-KP and seventh session of the AWG-LCA
28 September - 9 October 2009
United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok, 10200 Thailand.
Parties, observer States and observer organizations will be notified in due course and provided with the provisional agendas and other details concerning these sessions.
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CDM International Photo and Video contest launched

The UNFCCC secretariat is pleased to launch the CDM International Photo and Video Contest 2009, on the theme "CDM Changing Lives." The contest is intended to raise awareness about the Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism. We will be looking for photos and videos that tell an interesting CDM story, whether it is about the creation of new jobs, the greening of industry, or the development of rural services and infrastructure. The secretariat accepts entries as of 1 September. Entry is free. Send us your work!
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Image Latest UNFCCC newsletter
28 July 2009
Bonn, Germany
The latest edition of the newsletter reports on developments at the Bonn Talks in June and looks ahead to the informal negotiations taking place in Bonn in August. At this informal session, governments have a great opportunity to make further concrete and substantive progress on the key issues that need to be resolved to reach an agreed outcome in Copenhagen in December.
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Image UNFCCC emissions data visualized on Google Maps
7 July 2009
The secretariat has cooperated with Google and the Danish government as hosts of COP 15 to display official UNFCCC greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data for Annex I Parties using Google Maps. The user can now select on a world map total national GHG emissions/removals as well as emissions/removals from various sectors; absolute numbers (in Gg CO2 equivalent); or relative changes in emissions (in per cent compared to the base year level).
The maps can be accessed on the UNFCCC GHG data interface.
Image CDM EB 48
15-17 July 2009
St George's, Grenada
The report of the forty-eighth meeting of the CDM Executive Board, including its annexes, is now available.
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9 July 2009
The UNFCCC secretariat is pleased to offer audio files aimed at raising awareness about the Clean Development Mechanism. The files cover a range of topics, from basic workings to current issues, as told by a cross-section of people directly involved in the mechanism. Look for more files in the coming weeks and months
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Image Address by Yvo de Boer at the Spanish Parliament Commission for Climate Change
Madrid, Spain
25 June 2009
In an address to the Spanish Parliament Commission for Climate Change, Yvo de Boer highlighted the leadership shown by Spain in recognizing the critical importance of adaptation for the poorest and most vulnerable nations.
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Image Speech by Yvo de Boer to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) High Level Dialogue
Manila, Philippines
17 June 2009
Climate change impacts will be extremely severe for Asia. They will exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and negatively influence further economic development in the region. A deal at the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December this year is therefore of critical importance for Asia. These were the main messages from a speech by Yvo de Boer at the High Level Conference on Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific that took place in Manila on Wednesday 17th June.
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Image Progress Made in Negotiations for Ambitious and Effective Copenhagen Deal at Bonn UNFCCC Meeting
Bonn, Germany
12 June 2009
The June UN Climate Change Talks in Bonn concluded Friday with progress on draft negotiating texts, reflecting governments’ proposals on how to step up international climate change action. "A big achievement of this meeting is that governments have made it clearer what they want to see in the Copenhagen agreed outcome,” said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Framework Convention on Climate Change. “In my view, an ambitious and effective agreed outcome in Copenhagen is in sight - an outcome that provides a strong and definitive answer to the alarm raised by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change."
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JISC 16 - Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee, 16th meeting
17-18 June 2009
Bonn, Germany
The report and resulting documents for the sixteenth meeting of the JISC are now available online.
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Bonn, Germany
6 June 2009
Speaking at an event to mark Land Day, organized by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer stressed the mitigation potential in both agricultural and forestry, which can now be better exploited due to greater scientific certainty in measuring CO2 sequestration. He said that mitigation and adaptation in both sectors go hand-in-hand, and can bring important win-win benefits such as increased food security.
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Image World environment Day - 'Your Planet Needs You - UNite to Combat Climate Change'
5 June 2009
The theme this year is 'Your Planet Needs You - UNite to Combat Climate Change,' which reflects the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at Copenhagen some 180 days from now.
This year’s host for UNEP's WED is Mexico, which reflects the growing role of this Latin American country in the fight against climate change, including its growing participation in the carbon markets.
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Image Bonn UN Climate Change Talks in 2009 Kick Off with First Draft Negotiating Texts for Ambitious and Effective Copenhagen Deal at Centre of Discussions
Bonn, Germany
1 June 2009
A second round of UN Climate Change Talks this year in Bonn kicked off Monday. The gathering (1 to 12 June) is being attended by more than 4,000 participants, including government delegates, representatives from business and industry, environmental organisations and research institutions.
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Image The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN)
Nairobi, Kenya
29 May 2009
Addressing Ministers at the AMCEN special session on climate change, UNFCCC Secretary Yvo de Boer stressed the urgent need for adaptation, especially in Africa. He also stressed the economic opportunities of mitigation actions in Africa, saying that they can contribute to creating real competitive economic advantages for Africa going into the future.
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Image Latest UNFCCC newsletter featuring interviews with Chairs of the AWG-KP and AWG-LCA
25 May 2009
Bonn, Germany
The first negotiating texts for Copenhagen will be on the table at the next round of international Climate Change Talks in Bonn in June. In interviews for the In Focus section of the newsletter, the Chairs of the AWG-KP and AWG-LCA share their views on what remains to be done to reach a successful outcome in Copenhagen.
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CDM EB 47 meeting concluded
26-28 May 2009
Bonn, Germany
The report and its annexes for the forty-seventh meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism's Executive Board are now available online.
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European Regional Workshop on Article 6 of the Convention
(Education, Training and Public Awareness)
18-20 May 2009
Stockholm, Sweden
Over 40 national experts from the European region met in Stockholm to share best practices in their efforts to educate their citizens on ways to raise public awareness and improve public participation in matters of climate change.
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Image Carbon Expo 2009
Barcelona, Spain
27 May 2009
In a speech delivered at Carbon Expo 2009, John Kilani, on behalf of UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, said that the markets and market-based mechanisms are an integral part of a broader, global architecture being put in place to address climate change, and stressed the important role of the carbon market community in delivering the required resources.
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Image World Business Summit on Climate Change
24-26 May 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
Speaking during the closing plenary discussion of the World Business Summit on Climate Change, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer gave his views on what would constitute a successful Copenhagen agreed outcome for companies and the business sector.
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CSD Informal ministerial meeting on climate change at CSD 17th session
14 May 2009
New York, USA
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer gave an address on the importance of land use, agriculture and forestry in the context of climate change at informal consultations held by the COP 14 President during the high-level segment of the CSD. He stressed the huge benefits of mitigation and adaptation in agriculture and forestry both for the climate and the world in general, particularly developing countries.
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Image Yvo de Boer briefs the press on the urgent need for progress in the international climate change negotiations
14 May 2009
New York, USA
At the Daily Noon Press Briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said that a viable climate change agreement was achievable before the critical Copenhagen meeting in December, but that with only 200 days left, progress must accelerate.
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CSD Informal ministerial meeting on climate change at CSD 17th session to be held by Minister Maciej Nowicki, COP14 President
14 May 2009
New York, USA
The Polish Minister of Environment, Minister Nowicki, in his capacity as UNFCCC COP 14 President, is organizing informal ministerial consultations at UN Headquarters in New York during the high-level segment of the 17th session of the Commission for Sustainable Development. more
Yvo de Boer Informal Ministerial Meeting: Bali Brunch 2009
26 April 2009
Washington, USA
At an informal gathering of Ministers of Finance and Development in Washington, Yvo de Boer stressed the importance of an equitable governance structure for finances under a Copenhagen agreed outcome. He said that such a governance structure needs to respond to the needs of developing countries.
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JISC 15 JISC 15 - Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee, Fifteenth meeting
21-22 April 2009
Bonn, Germany
The report and resulting documents for JISC 15 are now available online.
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Notification Notification to Parties - Early submission of information and views
17 April 2009
Bonn, Germany
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Bonn Climate Change Talks Progress at Bonn Climate Change Talks signals start of serious negotiation
8 April 2009
Bonn, Germany
The latest round of UN Climate Change Talks in Bonn, Germany concluded Wednesday, capturing the essential elements of strengthened international climate change action to be reflected in first negotiating texts for the next round of talks in June.
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Image AWG-LCA "Focus" Document discussed at April Bonn Talks
7 April 2009
Bonn, Germany
A document has been prepared by the Chair of the AWG-LCA to further focus the negotiating process on the fulfilment of the Bali Action Plan and on the components of the agreed outcome to be adopted at COP 15 in Copenhagen in December. It describes areas of convergence in the ideas and proposals from Parties, explores options for dealing with areas of divergence, and identifies any gaps that might need to be filled in reaching an agreed outcome. The document was discussed by Parties during the recent international Climate Change Talks held in Bonn.
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Image Outcome of Expert Meeting on Reference Emission Levels
23-24 March
Bonn, Germany
The meeting enhanced understanding of methodological issues related to establishing reference emission levels for deforestation and forest degradation, as well as reference levels for the conservation and sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
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Energy Week 2009 World Bank Energy Week: Energy, Development and Climate Change
31 March 2009
Bonn, Germany
Addressing the opening plenary of the World Bank Group's Energy Week, Yvo de Boer stressed the potential of an ambitious Copenhagen outcome to contribute towards transforming the world's high-emissions energy system to a sustainable, low-emissions system. He said that a serious outcome could help developing countries overcome energy poverty and bring clean power to the people.
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AWG-KP 5 & AWG-LCA 7 Statement by the Executive Secretary at the opening of the Bonn Climate Change Talks
29 March 2009
Bonn, Germany
Addressing delegates at the opening of the first round of climate change negotiations in this crucial year, Yvo de Boer stressed that Parties needed to focus their discussions. He stressed that real negotiating mode based on the texts prepared for the session needed to begin in order to make progress towards Copenhagen.
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AWG-KP 5 & AWG-LCA 7 First in Series of Major UN Climate Change Negotiating Sessions in 2009 Kicks off in Bonn
29 March 2009
Bonn, Germany
The first in a series of major UN negotiating sessions this year, designed to culminate in an ambitious and effective international climate change deal in Copenhagen in December, got underway Sunday in Bonn, Germany.
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AFB 5th meeting AFB 5 - Adaptation Fund Board 5th meeting
24-27 March 2009
Bonn, Germany
The Adaptation Fund Board met for the fifth time in Bonn, Germany. Documents for the meeting are available online.
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Image Earth Hour 2009 sends a global message for action on climate change
On Saturday, 28 March at 8.30 pm, millions of people in hundreds of cities around the world switched off their lights for an hour in order to send a clear message that we must act on climate change and seal a deal in Copenhagen in December that will protect people and the planet.
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Image OPEC’s 4th International Seminar on Petroleum: Future Stability and Sustainability
19 March 2009
Vienna, Austria
In a speech given at OPEC’s 4th International Seminar on Petroleum, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said that while oil will remain a dominant source of energy in the near future, the urgent need to reduce emissions makes the introduction of climate-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage crucial. He stressed that in contributing to the climate change negotiations towards Copenhagen, OPEC states can seize the global economic opportunities presented by strengthened climate change action.
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17 March 2009
Copenhagen, Denmark
UNFCCC Executive Secretary: "The future of the carbon market is directly linked to the level of ambition of industrialized countries."
In a keynote speech at Carbon Market Insights 2009, Yvo de Boer said that the use of off-set mechanisms is set to increase beyond 2012, and that the important infrastructure for this is already in place. He said the Clean Development Mechanism has demonstrated that it works, and Copenhagen needs to build on these achievements already made.
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Adaptation planning and practices workshop Outcome of Adaptation planning and practices workshop in Cuba
10-12 March 2009
Havana, Cuba
The three-day workshop improved understanding of current practices as well as opportunities for mainstreaming climate-related risks and disaster reduction into national planning.
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Yvo de Boer briefs the press on essentials for success at Copenhagen
6 March 2009
New York, USA
Following meetings in Washington with top US officials, Yvo de Boer spoke during the Daily Noon Press Briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York on what is needed to reach a successful outcome on climate change in Copenhagen in December.
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3 March 2009
Bonn, Germany
This first edition of the newsletter in 2009 reports on developments at COP 14 in Poznań and looks ahead at the first round of negotiations this year, to be held in Bonn from 29 March-8 April.
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JI - first project verifier accredited Kyoto Protocol’s joint implementation mechanism passes milestone with accreditation of first project verifier
19 February 2009
Bonn, Germany
The Kyoto Protocol’s joint implementation (JI) mechanism has accredited its first third party verifier. Under JI, greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in countries with an emission reduction or limitation commitment under the Kyoto Protocol can generate saleable emission reduction units (ERUs), each equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide. Countries can purchase and surrender ERUs to meet a part of their commitment under the Protocol.
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JISC 14 JISC 14 - Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee
17-18 February 2009
Bonn, Germany
The 14th meeting of the JISC concluded in Bonn on 18 February. The report of the meeting is now available online.
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CDM-EB 45 CDM-EB 45 - Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism
11-13 February 2009
Bonn, Germany
The 45th meeting of the CDM Executive Board wrapped up in Bonn on 13th February. The Board dealt with a record number of project cases and took important policy decisions. Full documentation is available online.
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Notification to Parties Information Note regarding the United Nations Climate Change Talks, Bonn, 29 March to 8 April 2009
13 February 2009
A Information note has been prepared on Pre-sessional meetings and workshop of the seventh session of the AWG-KP and the fifth session of the AWG-LCA.
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CDM-EB 45 New Chair of the CDM Executive Board: "International emissions offsetting under Kyoto Protocol has critical role in response to climate change"
11 February 2009
Bonn, Germany
Combating climate change requires action on all fronts and in all countries, which underscores the need to scale up and enhance innovative initiatives like the clean development mechanism (CDM), said Lex de Jonge in assuming the Chair of the CDM Executive Board.
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Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, UNFCCC Executive Secretary: "Copenhagen 2009 has an important role to play in the global economy by further strengthening and extending the economic opportunities inherent in 'going green'."
5 February 2009
New Delhi, India
In a keynote address at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, Yvo de Boer said that Copenhagen needed to further strengthen the current opportunity for a global green revolution by helping to build up a more inclusive, green pattern of globalization. This includes turning developing country mitigation actions into something that both serves and boosts their long-term economic development goals.
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ODI UNFCCC Executive Secretary: “2009, the year of climate change, is also the year of opportunity.”
26 January 2009
London, UK
In an address to UK Parliamentarians, Yvo de Boer stressed that a political solution to the world’s most pressing problem of climate change was critical for humanity’s further development as a whole, and especially critical for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. He said that other global challenges this year such as the financial crisis and economic downturn presented an opportunity to redirect energy policies towards a greener future.
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COP 15 Danish Government launches host country website
26 January 2009
Denmark, Copenhagen
The Danish Government, which will host the crucial UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen in December 2009, has launched a host country website. As well as providing information on practical matters such as accreditation and accommodation for COP 15, the site is aimed at stimulating global debate on climate change in order to create support for an ambitious agreed outcome in Copenhagen. The website is available in the six official UN languages plus Danish, and can be found at:
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MLIT UNFCCC Executive Secretary: “The transport sector needs to dramatically change direction through the production of smart and efficient cars, trains and ships.”
15 January 2009
Tokyo, Japan
In a speech to the Ministerial Conference on Global Environment and Energy in Transport, Yvo de Boer stressed that growing demand for fossil fuels and vehicles was incompatible with the urgent need to combat climate change. He said that rescue packages for the auto industry during the current recession must be linked to a clear and strong commitment by the industry to produce clean and fuel-efficient vehicles.
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