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UNFCCC E-Newsletter Edition # 11 - April 2008
 

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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNFCCC E-Newsletter
Edition # 11, April 2008
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INSIDE THIS EDITION
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A. IN FOCUS
B. ANNOUNCEMENTS
C. UPCOMING EVENTS
D. LATEST NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
E. WORKING WITH UNFCCC
F. KYOTO SCOREBOARD
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A. IN FOCUS
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Bangkok: First stop on the road to Copenhagen

The first round of United Nations climate change talks in 2008 got under way in Bangkok at the end of March, with the tough but successful negotiations in Bali still fresh in everyone's memory. Parties had agreed at Bali to jointly step up international efforts to combat climate change and get to an agreed outcome in Copenhagen in 2009.
http://unfccc.int/press/news_room/newsletter/in_focus/items/4355.php

Expert meetings on technologies for adaptation and on the outcomes of the Nairobi work programme (NWP)

Following on the heels of the climate change talks in Bangkok, two important meetings took place in the Thai capital focusing on adaptation to climate change.
http://unfccc.int/press/news_room/newsletter/in_focus/items/4361.php

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B. ANNOUNCEMENTS
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14 April 2008
Kyoto Protocol clean development mechanism passes 1000th registered project milestone
Bonn, Germany
The Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM) has registered its 1000th project, an energy efficiency project in Andhra Pradesh, India, expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 34,000 tonnes annually
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/press_releases_and_advisories/application/pdf/pressrel_080414_1000.pdf

9 April 2008
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer stresses link between policy-making and science at twenty-eighth session of IPCC
Budapest, Hungary
Speaking at the opening of the IPCC's 28th session in Budapest, Hungary (9-10 April), the UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer, said that the link between policy-making and science needed to be stronger than ever before. "The task ahead is daunting," he said. "Parties have to negotiate one of the most complex international agreements in history in a very limited period of time, so they will need all the scientific support they can get."
speech
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/statements/application/pdf/080409_speech_budapest.pdf

4 April 2008
UN Bangkok Climate Change Talks Reach Agreement on Work Programme for 2008 + Send Important Signal to International Carbon Markets
Bangkok, Thailand
The UN Bangkok Climate Change Talks ended Friday with agreement on a work programme that structures negotiations on a long-term international climate change agreement, set to be concluded in Copenhagen by the end of 2009. The Bangkok meeting also sent a clear signal that the use of market-based mechanisms, such as the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism, should be continued and improved as a way for developed countries to meet emission reduction targets and contribute towards sustainable development.
Press release
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/press_releases_and_advisories/application/pdf/bangkok_closing_press_release.pdf

4 April 2008
JI: Publication of Joint Implementation project design documents
http://ji.unfccc.int/JI_News/

31 March - 4 April 2008
Three months after the landmark agreement on a road map towards strengthened international action on climate change reached in Bali, Indonesia, the latest round of negotiations shifted to the neighbouring country of Thailand and its capital, Bangkok. The talks took place between 31 March to 4 April 2008 at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
http://unfccc.int/meetings/intersessional/awg-lca_1_and_awg-kp_5/items/4288.php

31 March 2008
UN Climate Change Talks begins in Bangkok with warnings that little time remains for international community to negotiate 2009 Copenhagen agreement
Bangkok, Thailand
The UN Bangkok Climate Change talks got underway on Monday, the first major United Nations-sponsored meeting on climate change after the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali last year in December. At Bali, Parties agreed to step up international efforts to combat climate change and to launch formal negotiations to come to a long-term international agreement in Copenhagen by the end of 2009. The Bangkok meeting is designed to both map out a work programme that will lead to that agreement and to advance work on the rules through which emission reduction targets of developed countries can be met.
Press release
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/press_releases_and_advisories/application/pdf/bangkok_opening_press_release.pdf
Statement by the Executive Secretary at the opening of the Bangkok Climate Change Talks 2008
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/statements/application/txt/080331_statement_bkk.pdf

26 - 28 March 2008
Inaugural meeting of Kyoto Protocol's Adaptation Fund Board takes place - UN efforts expected to usher in new era in environmental financing
Bonn, Germany
The Adaptation Fund Board concluded its inaugural meeting in Bonn on Friday, March 28, in what is widely seen as a major step forward in delivering funding for developing countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.
Press release
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/releases/application/pdf/af_board_press_release.pdf

20 March 2008
CDM: Call for public comments
http://cdm.unfccc.int/CDMNews/issues/issues/I_Q6517X87L2WIN1SASN9FR9CFAEI72Y/viewnewsitem.html

19 March 2008
CDM: CDM Call for experts: RIT, Meth Panel, A/R WG, SSC WG and AP members
http://cdm.unfccc.int/CDMNews/issues/issues/I_9GRE06JGKPG1T8E7AJIHBVK95PRXUT/viewnewsitem.html

18 March 2008
CDM: New methodologies submitted
http://cdm.unfccc.int/CDMNews/issues/issues/I_53J02US6TDKBHW6ZUKEM0GVEHAQ7CL/viewnewsitem.html

14 March 2008
CDM: Report of the CDM EB 38 available
http://cdm.unfccc.int/CDMNews/issues/issues/I_LZEWVJCC13TCJJ4KQWT5GPUSQ75Q3K/viewnewsitem.html

14 March 2008
CDM: Press Release from Mr. Rajesh Kumar Sethi, CDM Executive Board Chair.
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/press_releases_and_advisories/application/pdf/20080313_cdm_sethi.pdf

12 - 14 March 2008
Substantial progress on key issues at CDM EB 38 - Thirty-Eighth meeting of the Executive Board
Bonn, Germany
The thirty-eighth meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) wrapped up on Friday, March 14, with substantial progress being made on methodologies for emissions baseline setting and monitoring, and on the registration and issuance processes. All of the documents relating to EB 38 and previous meetings of the CDM board are available on the CDM website.
Mr. Rajesh Kumar Sethi new Chair of the CDM Executive Board
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/kyoto_mechanisms/cdm/application/pdf/20080313_cdm_sethi.pdf

11 March 2008
UNFCCC Executive Secretary speaks at Carbon Market Insights 2008
Copenhagen, Denmark
Yvo de Boer today delivered a keynote speech on recent developments in the carbon markets in front of ministers and delegates attending the annual Carbon Market Insights 2008.
Speech
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/interviews_and_statements/application/pdf/20080310_copenhagen_speech_eng.pdf

10 March 2008
JI: Opening of call for experts (JI accreditation panel members) - fourth call
http://ji.unfccc.int/JI_News/issues/issues/I_BT4S1Z3KF40HKO2EKTI5F7JDH04ZYM/viewnewsitem.html

7 March 2008
CDM: Ref: New SSC methodologies submitted / Other methodological issues
http://cdm.unfccc.int/CDMNews/issues/issues/I_TYXD29FPDCLUJD8EQJ4DM677BSFN6G/viewnewsitem.html

4 - 6 March 2008
Third Meeting of the enforcement branch of the Compliance Committee
Bonn, Germany
The third meeting of the enforcement branch of the Compliance Committee concluded 6 March 2008 with a unanimous decision by the branch on a preliminary finding of non-compliance.
http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/compliance/enforcement_branch/items/3785.php

4 March 2008
2008 ZOOM Campaign kicks off in Bonn
Bonn, Germany
Schoolchildren from the Austrian towns of Bregenz and Rust put their best foot forward in protecting the global climate by kicking off the 2008 ZOOM Campaign during a visit to Haus Carstanjen on March 4. The children were welcomed by Richard Kinley, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change Secretariat.
http://unfccc.int/secretariat/items/4306.php

26 - 27 February 2008
Carbon Forum America
San Francisco
In a statement at the opening of Carbon Forum America, Halldor Thorgeirsson, Director, Bali Road Map Support, UNFCCC, highlighted the growing importance of the carbon market in achieving climate-friendly economic growth that is globally viable.
Speech
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/statements/application/pdf/080227_statement_ht.pdf
Presentations by UNFCCC staff
http://cdm.unfccc.int/workshops/cfa/index.html

25 February 2008
JI: Report of the tenth meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 10)
http://ji.unfccc.int/JI_News/issues/issues/I_6VDWNJOLALZDJWZYBKLXDKP13WQ5HT/viewnewsitem.html

22 February 2008
CDM: CDM Meth Panel report / CDM AR WG report / CDM SSC WG report / Other
http://cdm.unfccc.int/CDMNews/issues/issues/I_C8B5SXGOI9QJF71R5WFHVAHJBBPZ3H/viewnewsitem.html

20 February 2008
Monaco
UNFCCC Executive Secretary speaks to UNEP Governing Council in Monaco
Speaking to the UNEP Governing Council in Monaco, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer called on small and medium-sized developing countries to pro-actively help craft a post-2012 climate change agreement
Speech
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/statements/application/pdf/080220_speech_monaco.pdf

15 February 2008
CDM: Opening of call for input on a new operational entity
http://cdm.unfccc.int/CDMNews/issues/issues/I_WKCQZWO2CK0HQQPU108E4FX1BDLALA/viewnewsitem.html

14 February 2008
UNFCCC Executive Secretary addresses delegates at 6th Informal Meeting on Further Actions against Climate Change
Tokyo
In a speech held at the 6th Informal Meeting on Further Actions against Climate Change (14-15 February 2008), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said that a successful post-2012 climate change regime would need to ensure that all countries are tied into global green economic growth and that no country is side-lined from it.
Speech
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/statements/application/pdf/20080214_tokyo_speech.pdf

11 February 2008
UN General Assembly to debate on issues relating to Climate Change
New York
In a bid to build on the momentum generated by last December's landmark United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, the General Assembly is hosting a two-day debate on the crucial issue in New York on 11 and 12 February. View webcast coverage of the event from 11 February.
Speech
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/articles_and_announcements/application/pdf/20080211_speech_ga_ny.pdf

7 February 2008
UNFCCC Executive Secretary delivers keynote address at The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2008
Delhi
Yvo de Boer has delivered a speech at the panel discussion on "The Scientific Evidence: A Call For Action" during DSDS 2008. The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit has become the most important gathering of leaders drawn from various parts of the world concerned about global sustainable development. View webcast coverage of the event from 7 February.
Speech
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/statements/application/pdf/20080207_dsds_keynotespeech.pdf

1 February 2008
CDM: Report of the CDM EB 37 available
http://cdm.unfccc.int/CDMNews/issues/issues/I_MWACRNCSFBRBIDYJ67HT94EJ5TOXTZ/viewnewsitem.html

31 January 2008
UNFCCC Executive Secretary speaks at Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and Caribbean
Santo Domingo
Yvo de Boer addressed participants at the 16th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 27 January to 1 February 2008.
Speech
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/interviews_and_statements/application/pdf/speech_fighting__climate_change_together_080131.pdf
Press release
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/releases/application/pdf/20080201_santo_domingo_release_eng.pdf
esp
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/releases/application/pdf/20080201_santo_domingo_release_esp.pdf

30 January 2008
UNFCCC Executive Secretary gives opening presentation at Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change
Honolulu
At the second instalment of the US-sponsored Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer gave the opening presentation on the outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali and the challenges facing the international community in developing a post-2012 climate change agreement by the end of 2009.
Presentation
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/statements/application/pdf/080130_statement_honolulu.pdf

25 January 2008
Business Leaders in Davos Call for a Clear Post-2012 Climate Change Agreement
Geneva and Davos
Leading business figures expect clear results from a future framework agreement that includes internationally agreed emission targets to optimize its contribution to tackling climate change, guide investment decisions and avoid market distortions.
Press release
http://www.wbcsd.org/plugins/DocSearch/details.asp?type=DocDet&ObjectId=MjgyNjU

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C. UPCOMING EVENTS
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14 - 15 April 2008
DNA Forum 5
Venue to be confirmed

14 - 16 April 2008
LEG 13
Sana'a, Yemen

16 - 17 April 2008
Enforcement Branch
4th Meeting of the enforcement branch of the Compliance Committee
Bonn

21 - 22 April 2008
Fifth Lead Reviewers Meeting (UNFCCC)
Dublin, Ireland

24 - 25 April 2008
Forum on Climate Change and Science & Technology Innovation
Beijing, China
The Forum on Climate Change and Science & Technology Innovation will be held on 24-25 April 2008 in Beijing, China. It is expected that more than 200 participants will be attending the Forum, including government officials, experts and scientists from developing and developed countries, and representatives from international organizations and multinational companies.
http://www.acca21.org.cn/climatechange/index.html

28 - 29 April 2008
UNFCCC Workshop on the preparations for the second review of the Kyoto Protocol pursuant to its Article 9
Bonn

12 - 14 May 2008
CDM-EB 39
Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism, Thirty-ninth Meeting
Bonn

13 - 14 May 2008
UNFCCC Registry System Administrator Forum
7th meeting of the Registry System Administrator Forum
Bonn

29 - 30 May 2008
EGTT - SB 28 pre-sessional
Meeting of the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT)
Bonn

29 - 30 May 2008
Pre-sessional meeting on progress on the implementation of decision 1/CP.10
Bonn

2 - 13 June 2008
SB 28
Subsidiary Bodies, Twenty-eighth session
http://unfccc.int/meetings/sb28/items/4328.php

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D. LATEST NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
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No new National Communications since last newsletter

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E. WORKING WITH UNFCCC
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1. VACANCIES

11 April - 10 May
VA 08/E037
Programme Officer (P3), Accreditation Unit, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie_08_E037.pdf

4 April - 03 May
VA 08/E036
Team Assistant (G4), Registration and Issuance (R&I) Unit, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie_08_E036.pdf

4 - 17 April
08/TA05
Finance Assistant (G4), Financial Resources Management Unit (FRMU), Administrative Services (AS)
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie_08_TA05.pdf

1 - 30 April
VA 08/E035
Programme Officer (P4), Technical Support for Developing Countries (TSDC) Sub-programme, Financial and Technical Support (FTS) Programme
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie_08_E035.pdf

28 March - 26 April
VA 08/E034
Programme Officer (P4), Integrated Information Systems (IIS), Reporting, Data and Analysis (RDA) Programme
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie_08_E034.pdf

26 March - 24 April
VA 08/E033
Staff Assistant (G5), Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie_08_E033.pdf

25 March - 17 April
08/TA04
Programme Assistant (G5), Data Management Unit (DMU), Reporting, Data and Analysis (RDA) Programme
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie_08_TA04.pdf

20 March - 18 April
VA08/E032
Manager (P5), Methodologies, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie_08_E032.pdf

20 March - 18 April
VA 08/E031
Manager (P5), Joint Implementation, Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie_08_E031.pdf

20 March - 18 April
VA 08/E030
Manager (P5), Registration and Issuance (R&I) Unit, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Programme
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie_08_E030.pdf

19 March - 17 April
VA 08/E029
Informations Systems Officer (P3), Integrated Information Systems (IIS), Reporting, Data and Analysis (RDA) Programme
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie_08_E029.pdf

17 March - 15 April
VA 08/E028
Programme Officer (P4), Capacity Building and Outreach (CBO) Unit, Financial and Technical Support (FTS) Programme
pdf-icon http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie_08_E028.pdf

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F. KYOTO SCOREBOARD
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Kyoto Parties: 177
Annex I Party emissions: 63.7%
Registered CDM projects: 991
Issued CERs: 135,264,740
Expected CERs (by 2012): 1,190,000,000
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