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Image Enforcement branch of the Compliance Committee, 17th meeting
20-21 December 2011
Bonn, Germany
The provisional agenda and its annotations for the 17th meeting of the enforcement branch are now available online.
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Press Release Launching the Green Climate Fund
22 December 2011
Bonn, Germany
Following the decision of the COP in Durban regarding the Green Climate Fund, the interim secretariat of the GCF has issued a message to Parties concerning actions called for by the COP. These actions include nominations to the Board of the GCF and offers to host the GCF.
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Press Release Durban conference delivers breakthrough in international community's response to climate change
11 December 2011
Durban, South Africa
Countries meeting in Durban, South Africa, have delivered a breakthrough on the future of the international community's response to climate change, whilst recognizing the urgent need to raise their collective level of ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep the average global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius.
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Press Release SS-GATE, UNDP and UNFCCC join hands to help green COP 17
08 December 2011
Certified emission reduction (CER) credits from a clean development mechanism project in Johannesburg will be used to offset the travel of UNFCCC secretariat staff and supported delegates to COP 17 in a three-way initiative by the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE), the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in the UNDP, and the UNFCCC.
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Speech Launch event of UNFCCC Momentum for Change Initiative
6 December 2011
Durban, South Africa
The secretariat has launched an initiative that aims to enhance the visibility of projects that both benefit communities and either increase climate resilience, or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The launch event in Durban was moderated by Lord Nicholas Stern and opened by UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.
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Decision on the host of COP 18/CMP 8
29 November 2011
Durban, South Africa
The State of Qatar and the Republic of Korea have agreed to closely cooperate to make the next major UN Climate Change Conference at the end of 2012 a success. The 2012 UN Climate Change Conference, COP 18/CMP 8 (the 18th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC, plus the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol), will take place in Qatar from 26 November to 7 December 2012.
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Press Release UN Climate Change Conference in Durban kicks off with South African President calling on governments to "save tomorrow today"
28 November 2011
Durban, South Africa
Against a background of record greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, more frequent and intense extreme weather events, but also growing momentum for action to fight climate change, the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban (28 November to 9 December) kicked off today.
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UNFCCC Newsletter November 2011 Latest edition UNFCCC newsletter
23 November 2011
Bonn, Germany
This edition focuses on the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Durban and includes video messages from UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, and Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa.
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Negotiator iPhone and iPad applications for COP 17 / CMP 7
23 November 2011
Stay tuned and up-to-date by the minute on what's happening at the conference! Using the application, users can among many other things:
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.
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Momentum for change Secretariat launches new Momentum for Change Initiative
22 November 2011
Bonn, Germany
The UNFCCC secretariat is seeking to acknowledge the increasing momentum for stronger international and national action on climate change by highlighting projects in developing countries that help put the world on a more climate-resilient and low-carbon path, whilst demonstratively improving people's lives.
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Image New Fast-Start Finance web module now online
18 November 2011
Bonn, Germany
The new Fast-Start Finance module that can now be accessed on the UNFCCC website provides user-friendly access to data from the information submitted by developed country Parties on the resources provided in order to meet their Fast-Start Finance commitments.
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Mama KONATÉ Tribute to Mama Konaté (1950 - 2011)
It is with profound sadness that the Climate Change Secretariat has to inform all Parties and observer organizations to the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol about the sudden death of Mr. Mama Konaté, Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the National Focal Point of Mali.
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Twitter Twitter chat with Christiana Figueres about the role of business and public-private partnerships in fighting climate change on 22 November
On 22 November, 16:00 - 17:00 CET, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres will chat about the role of public-private partnerships in responding to cimate change on Twitter. Users can follow @Cfigueres and the hashtag #climatebiz to participate.
Image New IPCC report: More frequent droughts, floods to come due to climate change
18 November 2011
Kampala, Uganda
Climate change will make the drought and flooding events that have battered a number of countries in 2011 more frequent in years to come, forcing nations to rethink the way they cope with disasters. according to a new report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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Image Christiana Figueres: "We need to work on the full transformation of the global economy onto a low-emissions pathway."
Delivering the Robert Schuman Lecture at the Eco-Innovation Summit in Brussels, Christiana Figueres highlighted the power of progressive business to change consumer and supplier behaviour and turn it into a powerful vocal support that gives policy makers a clearer space in which to act.
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Image UNFCCC launches a new website design and logo
On 24 October 2011, the UNFCCC secretariat launched a redesigned website and logo. The new website seeks to provide enhanced access to conference information and documents for Parties and observer organizations, the media and the general public. The new logo presents a new image that highlights the central theme of the Convention and the institutional linkage to the United Nations.
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Twitter Women invited to Tweet with UN's top climate change official on responding to climate change on 24 October
On 24 October 2011, from 17:00 to 18:00 CEST, Christiana Figueres will engage with women around the world on responding to climate change. Join Christiana on Twitter to chat about women and climate change, and tell her what you're already doing to cut greenhouse gas emissions and help families and communities adapt to climate change impacts. Follow the @CFigueres account to see all the questions from other users and answers to those questions.
Image Christiana Figueres: "We need, and are poised for, a new industrial and energy revolution."
10 October 2011
London, United Kingdom
In an address at the International Green Business Dinner in London, Christiana Figueres urged business leaders to provide the impetus to spark a green revolution based on environmentally sound technologies and facilitated by new ways of deploying finance.
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Twitter Young people invited to engage on Twitter with the UN's top climate change official on 17 October 2011
On 17 October 2011, from 16:00 to 17:00 CET, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres will engage with young people around the world who are concerned about climate change and eager to do their bit to make a difference, in an interactive dialogue on Twitter. Via the Twitter account @CFigueres, the UN's top climate change official will be asking young people "What are you doing to fight climate change?" and will be responding to their questions. Hashtag: #unfcccyouth.
Image Panama climate talks mean governments can push ahead strongly in Durban with concrete help for developing world to deal with climate change
7 October 2011
Panama City, Panama
A week of formal climate negotiations in Panama ended on Friday with progress on drafting those decision texts that will allow governments to push ahead strongly in Durban with concrete help for the developing world to deal with climate change.
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Image Host country agreement signed for Durban Climate Change Conference
3 October 2011
Panama City, Panama
The Host Country Agreement for COP 17/CMP 7, which takes place in Durban, South Africa from 28 November to 9 December 2011, was signed in Panama today between UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, and COP 17/CMP 7 President-Designate Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa. After the signing ceremony Minister Nkoana-Mashabane said: "It is indeed a reflection of South Africa's commitment to the success of the conference." The Executive Secretary expressed her gratitude to the minister and, on behalf of all, said: "We are very much looking forward to coming to Durban." The Host Country Agreement, which covers all the logistical requirements for the conference, is an important landmark towards the success of a COP/CMP.
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Image Governments recognize current global climate efforts are not enough and need to take next step in Durban, says UN climate change chief
2 October 2011
Panama City, Panama
Governments recognize that they need to speed up and scale up their efforts to combat climate change and they know that negotiations this week in Panama are important to prepare the ground for the next successful step towards that goal in Durban, the UN climate change chief said.
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Image UN Climate Change Conference Panama - Opening statement by Christiana Figueres
1 October 2011
Panama City, Panama
Statement by Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres on the occasion of the opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Panama.
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Image Declaración de la secretaria ejecutiva Christiana Figueres, Foro Latinoamericano del Carbono
29 de septiembre de 2011
San José, Costa Rica
En su discurso durante la claurura del Foro Latinoamericano del Carbono, celebrado en San José, Christiana Figueres ofreció una visión general del estado actual de las negociaciones internacionales y ahondó en el tema específico del mercado y el papel del sector privado.
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Newsletter Latest edition UNFCCC newsletter
28 September 2011
Bonn, Germany
This edition focuses on the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Panama and includes video messages from both UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres and Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and President-Designate of COP 17/CMP 7.
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Image Christiana Figueres: "The business success of tomorrow is born of the low carbon opportunities of today."
26 September 2011
London, United Kingdom
Speaking at the CEO sustainability forum in London, Christiana Figueres urged assembled business leaders to do their utmost to create a virtuous circle that can power new growth, create jobs in new sectors and help alleviate poverty.
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Image UNFCCC joins 'Caring for Climate'
19 September 2011
New York, USA
The United Nations Global Compact, UNEP and the UNFCCC secretariat have signed an agreement to join forces on Caring for Climate, the Global Compact-UNEP initiative aimed at advancing the role of business in addressing climate change.
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Press briefing by Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres in New York
19 September 2011
New York, USA
At a press briefing in New York, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres spelt out her expectations for COP 17 in Durban and mentioned the significance of high-level consultations in New York during the UN General Assembly.
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The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment
15 September 2011
Bamako, Mali
Addressing the Conference, UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley encouraged Africa to use its negotiating weight to try to raise the bar and achieve a big step forward at this year's Climate Change Conference in Durban, and underlined the importance of compromise by all to make Durban a success.
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Image Design process of UNFCCC Green Climate Fund fully on track, says UNFCCC Executive Secretary
13 September 2011
Bonn, Germany
The third meeting of the Transitional Committee tasked with designing the UNFCCC's new Green Climate Fund (11-13 September) concluded Tuesday in Geneva, with solid progress made on the design of the Fund. Next to advances on the nuts and bolts of how the Green Climate Fund will function, this includes a broad agreement on the importance of private sector engagement.
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Image Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund, 3rd meeting
Geneva, Switzerland
11-13 September 2011
The second meeting of the Transitional Committee concluded with an agreed work plan to deliver a result to the COP in Durban.
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Image Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee, 26th meeting (JISC 26)
Bonn, Germany
13-14 September 2011
The report of the 26th meeting of the JISC, including its annexes, is available online.
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image Cuba deposits its instrument of acceptance of the amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol
12 September 2011
At the second session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, held in Nairobi, Kenya from 6 to 17 November 2006, the Parties adopted an amendment to Annex B to the Protocol by decision 10/CMP.2, in accordance with Articles 20 and 21 of the Protocol.
Cuba deposited its instrument of acceptance of the amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol on 8 September 2011. The total number of States and regional economic integration organizations that have deposited instruments of acceptance is now 25.
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Image Geneva meeting on Green Climate Fund to consider the role of public and private capital in funding transformational change towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient world
9 September 2011
Bonn, Germany
The third meeting of the UNFCCC's Transitional Committee of the Green Climate Fund (11 to 13 September) is set to begin in Geneva on Sunday, continuing work on the design of the Fund.
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Image UN Climate Chief hails progress at first meeting of the Technology Executive Committee
3 September 2011
Bonn, Germany
The first meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), the policy arm of the Technology Mechanism, closed in Bonn today with important progress achieved. The meeting saw three days of key deliberations on how the TEC will provide overviews of technology needs, assess policy and technical issues related to technology development and transfer, share information on new and innovative technologies, facilitate and catalyse action on technology, and find ways to engage stakeholders to build the momentum on the Technology Mechanism.
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Image UN climate chief welcomes first meeting of the Technology Executive Committee, urges deeper collaboration among countries with active stakeholder engagement
1 September 2011
Bonn, Germany
The first meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), the policy arm of the Technology Mechanism, began in Bonn today. The meeting will see three days of key deliberations on how the TEC will operate and interact with the other institutions under the Convention to facilitate the implementation of the Technology Mechanism in achieving a significant global increase in the development, commercialisation, spread and use of environmentally-sound technologies.
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South Africa South Africa says "All systems go" for the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban
02 August 2011
Pretoria, South Africa
Speaking to the press in Pretoria, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the RSA, and incoming President of COP 17/CMP 7, said that with just less than four months to go, South Africa as host country is well prepared for the event.
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Image Latest edition UNFCCC newsletter
28 July 2011
Bonn, Germany
This edition features news on recent and upcoming events, as well as a video message from UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, on how the Cancun Agreements are being taken forward.
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Dry earth Enforcement Branch, 14th meeting
Bonn, Germany
22-27 August 2011
The 14th meeting of the enforcement branch of the Compliance Committee concluded on 27 August 2011. Proceedings can be reviewed via the on-demand webcast.
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Image UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls climate change "a very credible threat to peace and security around the world"
New York, USA
21 July 2011
The threat posed by climate change was underlined by the UN Secretary-General at a Security Council meeting on the impact of climate change on the maintenance of international peace and security.
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africacarbonforum Africa Carbon Forum
Marrakech, Morocco
4-6 July 2011
Speaking at the closing session of the third Africa Carbon Forum held in Marrakech, Christiana Figueres highlighted the great potential for Africa to participate in the carbon market, which she said is in the process of reinvigorating itself.
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SB 34 UN's top climate change official reports advances on key issues at June talks, notes issues needing high-level political guidance
Bonn, Germany
17 June 2011
Speaking on the final day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, the UNís climate change chief said that the negotiations had made clear advances on key issues and were also identifying areas that will require high-level political leadership ahead of the annual conference in Durban.
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Informea Launch of new UN information portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Geneva, Switzerland
14 June 2011
The Multilateral Environmental Agreements Information and Knowledge Management Initiative (MEA IKM), launched on Tuesday in Geneva, helps governments and the wider environment community access information about multiple agreements from one location on the web.
Image InforMEA website | Press release
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SB 34 UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Governments have unavoidable responsibility to make clear progress towards 2011 climate objectives
Bonn, Germany
6 June 2011
Speaking on the first day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said governments have an unavoidable responsibility to make clear progress towards the 2011 climate objectives which they had agreed in Cancun.
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Image Carbon Expo 2011 Roundtable: "From carbon finance to climate finance" - Are we getting there?
1 June 2011
Barcelona, Spain
In her keynote address, Christiana Figueres spoke of the pivotal role of finance in the global response to climate change, and highlighted the increased mitigation benefits to be achieved by blending both carbon finance and climate finance.
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31 May 2011
Bonn, Germany
This edition features upcoming events, with a focus on the June Climate Change Conference in Bonn, as well as the latest developments in the process, and includes a video message from UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres.
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Image Latest edition UNFCCC newsletter
31 May 2011
Bonn, Germany
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Image UN Climate Chief says IEA estimate of record 2010 emissions is stark warning to governments to make rapid climate progress this year
Bonn, Germany
30 May 2011
Latest estimates from the International Energy Agency (IEA) showing that greenhouse gas emissions from world energy generation reached record levels in 2010 are a stark warning to governments to provide strong new progress this year towards global solutions to climate change, Christiana Figueres said on Monday.
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Image World Environment Day 2011
World Environment Day on 5 June is an annual event aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. The theme for this year's World Environment Day celebrations is: "Forests: Nature at Your Service".
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Image 40th GEF Council Meeting
Washington D.C.,
24 May 2011
In a statement to the meeting, Christiana Figueres acknowledged the GEF's support to developing countries over the years in implementing mitigation and adaptation projects and underlined the central role of the GEF in the discussions on financial issues that will be a focus of the Climate Change Conference in Durban.
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image Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to be nominated President-Designate of COP 17/CMP 7
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, will be proposed as President-Designate of COP 17/CMP 7.
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Image Organization of American States: Lecture Series of the Americas
Washington D.C,
13 May 2011
In her speech to the OAS, Christiana Figueres highlighted the need for the Americas to capitalize on incentives provided by the Cancun Agreements in order to take climate change action to the next level.
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Image Noon briefing at UN Headquarters
New York,
12 May 2011
Speaking at the noon briefing, Christiana Figueres said that Governments are looking at ways to move forward with a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.
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Image 17th International Sustainable Development Research Conference
New York,
10 May 2011
In a keynote speech to the conference, Christiana Figueres stressed the urgency of moving towards green, sustainable growth as the new global norm, and highlighted the need to fully seize the opportunity that renewable energy offers.
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Image IPCC 33rd plenary session
Abu Dhabi, UAE
10-13 May 2011
Addressing the 33rd plenary session of the IPCC, Florin Vladu, on behalf of the UNFCCC Executive Secretary, underlined the important contribution the IPCC has to make to the climate change negotiations, particularly with regard to the review of the adequacy of the long-term global goal of limiting the temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius.
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Image Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism reaches milestone at 3,000 projects
Bonn, Germany
5 May 2011
The Kyoto Protocolís Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the international tool that channels investment into clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction technology in the developing world, has registered its 3,000th project, a wind power project in Inner Mongolia, China.
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Mexico UN Climate Chief tells Green Climate Fund designers they have historic task, says progress can encourage new success in Durban
Mexico City, Mexico
29 April 2011
The Green Climate Fund, a part of last year's broad international climate agreement in Cancun, Mexico, must become the window into an era of vastly greater financing for climate action in the developing world, the head of the United Nations climate change secretariat said on Friday.
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Image First meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund
Mexico City, Mexico
28-29 April 2011
In her opening address, Christiana Figueres said that the task before the Transitional Committee is to propose a design that will make the Green Climate Fund the window into a new era of vastly greater financing for climate action in the developing world, and to do so in time for approval in Durban.
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Image First meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund
Mexico City, Mexico
28 - 29 April 2011
In order to scale up the provision of long-term financing for developing countries, Governments at COP 16 in Cancun decided to establish a Green Climate Fund. A Transitional Committee selected by Parties to the UNFCCC, which will design the details of the new fund, met for the first time from 28-29 April 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico.
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Image High-level Inter-parliamentary Debate on Climate Change
Brussels, Belgium
19 April 2011
Speaking at the debate in the European Parliament, Christiana Figueres urged the European Union (EU) to continue its leadership role in the inter-governmental climate change negotiations and to show ambition in raising its target for mitigating emissions to 30 percent. She welcomed the EU's readiness to explore signing up to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and called for a scaling up of the market-based mechanisms for mitigating climate change.
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Image Governments agree Transitional Committee members for new Green Climate Fund
Bonn, Germany
15 April 2011
Parties to the UNFCCC have agreed the selection of the forty members who will be entrusted with the task of designing the Green Climate Fund, the new institution which will manage long-term finance mobilized to enable developing countries to address climate change.
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Image Energy Efficiency Global Forum 2011
Brussels, Belgium
14 April 2011
Accepting an award on behalf of the UNFCCC secretariat at this year's Energy Efficiency Global Forum, Christiana Figueres called for a concerted global effort towards energy efficiency. She underlined the huge contribution energy efficiency can make to a climate-safe world, especially towards increasing the level of ambition in a cost-effective way.
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Image Georgia deposited its instrument of acceptance of the amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol
12 April 2011
At the second session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, held in Nairobi, Kenya from 6 to 17 November 2006, the Parties adopted an amendment to Annex B to the Protocol by decision 10/CMP.2, in accordance with Articles 20 and 21 of the Protocol.
Georgia deposited its instrument of acceptance of the amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol on 11 April 2011.
The total number of States and regional economic integration organizations that have deposited instruments of acceptance is now 24.
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Image UN Climate Change Chief urges countries to push ahead with their work in 2011
Bangkok, Thailand
8 April 2011
On the final day of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bangkok (3-8 April), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres urged countries to push ahead with their work to aim for another significant step in addressing global climate change in 2011.
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Image Opening address by Christiana Figueres at the UN Climate Change Conference, Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand
5 April 2011
In her opening address at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bangkok, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said that this session offers Parties a first opportunity to take the practical issues agreed in Cancun forward in view of Durban, and expressed the hope that the atmosphere of cooperation and compromise that characterized Cancun would prevail yet again. She stressed that for Durban to be a success, the legal nature of mitigation commitments after 2012 needs to be addressed.
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Image At UN Climate Change Negotiations in Bangkok, UN climate chief calls on governments to purposefully tackle work agreed in 2010; address shortfalls in climate action
Bangkok, Thailand
4 April 2011
Speaking at the first UN climate change negotiating session of the year in Bangkok, Thailand, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on governments to purposefully tackle work agreed in 2010 and address shortfalls in climate action in order to put the world on a climate-safe path.
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2 April 2011
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Image UN's top climate change official calls on governments to maintain momentum in order to deliver on agreed timelines of Cancun Agreements
Mexico City, Mexico
24 March 2011
Less than two weeks ahead of the UN Climate Change Change Conference in Bangkok (3-8 April 2011), the UN's top climate change official has called on governments to maintain momentum to ensure that the timelines agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun in December of 2010 are met.
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Image Stakeholder Dialogue "Implementing the Cancun Agreements"
Mexico City, Mexico
22 March 2011
Addressing the meeting, Christiana Figueres said that the Cancun Agreements offer important incentives to develop national climate change policies that can work in tandem with international policy. She highlighted the key role of stakeholders in driving action, both for adaptation and mitigation.
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Image COP 16 and CMP 6 official reports published
Bonn, Germany
16 March 2011
The official reports on the results of last year's UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun have now been published. The reports detail the outcomes of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties at its 16th session (COP 16) and of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol on its sixth session (CMP 6).
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Image Submissions from Parties in 2011
In response to recent requests from Parties, and following the practice already used for the AWG-KP and AWG-LCA, submissions to the SBSTA and SBI are now available online immediately upon receipt. A common portal has been created through which all submissions from Parties can be viewed.
Image JISC 24
Bonn, Germany
23-25 March 2011
The 24th meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 24) concluded on Friday 25 March. The report and resulting documents are available online.
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Image Earth Hour 2011: Time to go beyond the hour
At 8:30 pm on Saturday 26 March 2011, lights will go out around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour. Hundreds of millions of people are set to take part in this year's campaign, which will also mark Japan's earthquake and tsunami.
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Image UN's top climate change official calls on governments to quickly transform Cancun Agreements into action, provide clarity on future of the Kyoto Protocol
Tokyo, Japan
1 March 2011
Speaking to media Tuesday on a visit to Japan, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on governments to quickly transform the Cancún Agreements, agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Mexico in December of last year, into tangible action on the ground, and provide clarity on the future of the Kyoto Protocol.
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Image Symposium of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Tokyo, Japan
28 February 2011
Speaking at the symposium, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted that Japan's intended -25 percent target would be testimony to strategic economic thinking and create cutting-edge economic advantages. She urged Japan to assess how an international climate change agreement could help achieve this ambitious target, and cautioned that a categorical "no" to the Kyoto Protocol would cause Japan to lose out on the sizeable investments it had already made into Kyoto Protocol infrastructure.
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Cancun Agreeements Assessment of Cancun Agreements by UNFCCC Executive Secretary online
Bonn, Germany
26 February 2011
An assessment of the Cancun Agreements agreed at COP16 in Mexico in December is available on the website. The assessment, by UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, looks at what governments have agreed to do in the field of international action on climate change in 2011, and will contain regular updates charting progress made in the course of the year. It can be accessed via a new entry point on the website entitled "Cancun Agreements: Overview."
Image Andorra deposits its instrument of accession to the Convention
Andorra deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on 2 March 2011. The Convention will enter into force for Andorra on 31 May 2011. Andorra's accession will bring the number of Parties to the Convention - both States and regional economic integration organizations - to 195. A full list of the Parties who have ratified or acceded to the Convention can be found here.
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First meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund, Mexico City, 14-15 March.

MEETING POSTPONED

The UNFCCC secretariat wishes to inform Parties, observer States and observer organizations that the first meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund (decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 110) scheduled to be held on 14 - 15 March 2011, in Mexico City, Mexico has been postponed until the latter part of April 2011.

image Address to the Congress of Deputies of Spain on climate change and security
Madrid, Spain
15 February 2011
In an address to the Congress of Deputies of Spain at the Centro Superior de Estudios de la Defensa Nacional, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres warned that more frequent and more severe natural disasters and water shortages had the potential to cause large-scale destabilizing population movements and highlighted the role of defense chiefs in convincing governments to shift to low-carbon societies.
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Image Address to the Conference of the Secretariat General Iberoamericana on opportunities for Latin America resulting from COP16
Madrid, Spain
15 February 2011
Speaking at the Conference of the Secretariat General Iberoamericana, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said that Latin America had a number of key opportunities to take climate change action to the next level - both in adaptation and in mitigation - and that it was important that these opportunities be fully capitalised, notably through the Cancun Agreements.
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Image Reminder COP 17/CMP 7: Admission of new observer organizations
Bonn, Germany
7 February 2011
The application deadline for the admission of new observer organizations to attend COP 17/CMP 7 is 1 March 2011. Information on how to apply can be found on the Civil society and the Climate Change Process page.
Image 59th meeting of the CDM Executive Board
Bonn, Germany
14-18 February 2011
The provisional agenda and its annotations for the 59th meeting of the CDM Executive Board are available online.
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Twitter UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figures now on Twitter
New Delhi, India
7 February 2011
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has begun sending personal messages via her new Twitter account, @CFigueres. The UN's top climate change official is this week sending first tweets from Pakistan, where around a million people are still homeless six months after last year's devastating floods. With such disasters set to become more frequent and intense due to climate change, she is drawing attention to the need for rebuilding in Pakistan to be climate-smart. Followers of the UN climate change process can also receive updates on the latest UNFCCC documents by following the UNFCCC's @UN_ClimateTalks Twitter account.
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New Delhi, India
5 February 2011
Addressing the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, Christiana Figueres said that the Cancun Agreements are a giant step for the community of nations, but a small step for the planet, with much remaining to be done. She called on all nations to play their part to ensure that the Cancun Agreements are fully utilized for action at all levels.
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Image First round of formal UN climate change negotiations in 2011 to take place in March/April in Bangkok, Thailand
28 January 2011
Bonn, Germany
The UNFCCC COP 16 Bureau decided on Tuesday, 25 January that the next round of AWG-KP and AWG-LCA meetings, as well as workshops pursuant to the Cancun Agreements, should take place in Bangkok from Sunday, 3 April through Friday, 8 April 2011. These meetings and workshops are to be preceded by preparatory regional group meetings from 30 March to 2 April. Further information will be made available soon.
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Image World Future Energy Summit
Abu Dhabi
17 January 2011
Addressing the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, Christiana Figueres spoke of a new era ushered in by the Cancun Agreements that opens the doors to a future of economic growth powered by low-carbon choices. She highlighted the need for the rapid scaling up of energy efficiency, as well as the commercial, widespread use of renewable energy.
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