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Image UNFCCC Greeting Card 2010
24 December 2010

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Image UNFCCC Chief says Cancun must be followed by higher global emission cuts and rapid launch of new climate bodies and funds
Bonn, Germany
20 December 2010
Nations must follow up their successful UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun with higher global emission cuts and the rapid launch of new institutions and funds to show the world that a new era of international cooperation on climate change is an established fact, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, said on Monday.
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Image UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun delivers balanced package of decisions, restores faith in multilateral process
Cancun, Mexico
11 December 2010
The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, ended on Saturday with the adoption of a balanced package of decisions that set all governments more firmly on the path towards a low-emissions future and support enhanced action on climate change in the developing world.
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Image Statement by Her Excellency, Mrs. Patricia Espinosa, COP 16/CMP 6 President
Cancun, Mexico
8 December 2010
Informal stocktaking plenary, Statement by Her Excellency, Mrs. Patricia Espinosa, COP 16/CMP 6 President
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Image Statement at the high-level segment by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary
Cancun, Mexico
7 December 2010
Statement at the opening of the high-level segment by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
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Image The United Nations System delivering as one on climate change: supporting implementation
Cancun, Mexico
7 December 2010
The United Nations Secretary-General, Chair of the United Nations Chief Executives Board, hosted a high level side event on addressing climate change as a means for countries to reach their development goals. Ministers and United Nations System leaders had an open exchange to identify countries’ needs and the role of the United Nations System in response to those needs. Statements from Heads of States and Governments, ministers, heads of delegation, and speakers on behalf of Groups.
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Image Draft decisions agreed at UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun bode well for strong outcome of Mexico gathering
Cancun, Mexico
4 December 2010
At the UN climate change conference in Cancun, the two bodies under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which advise and implement Partiesí decisions on climate action successfully concluded their work on Saturday with a number of significant draft decisions that will be put forward for adoption in the final plenary of the conference on 10 December.
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27 November 2010
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Image Statement by Her Excellency, Mrs. Patricia Espinosa, COP 16/CMP 6 President
Cancun, Mexico
5 December 2010
Statement by Her Excellency, Mrs. Patricia Espinosa, COP 16/CMP 6 President on 5 December 2010
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Image United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun kicks off with calls for commitment and compromise
Cancun, Mexico
29 November 2010
In his opening speech, Mexican President Felipe Calderón cited last yearís hurricane in Mexico, this yearís floods in Pakistan and fires in Russia as examples of increasing incidences of natural disasters brought about by climate change and already affecting the poorest and most vulnerable.
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Image Opening statement by Christiana Figueres at COP 16 / CMP 6
Cancun, Mexico
29 November 2010
Opening statement delivered by the Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres at COP 16 / CMP 6, Cancun, Mexico
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Image COP 17 / CMP 7 confirmed for Durban
Cancun, Mexico
29 November 2010
South Africa announced today the launch of the host country website for the 2011 conference to be held in Durban.
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Image Latest edition UNFCCC newsletter
25 November 2010
Bonn, Germany
This edition focuses on the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, and includes video messages from UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, and Mexican President, Felipe Calderón.
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Image CDM EB 58 - Fifty-eighth meeting of the CDM Executive Board
22-26 November 2010
Cancun, Mexico
The proposed agenda and its annotations for the fifty-eighth meeting of the CDM Executive Board are available online.
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Image World Mayor Summit
21 November 2010
Mexico City, Mexico
Addressing the city mayors gathered for the summit, Christiana Figueres welcomed the Mexico City Pact. She said that while cities consume high levels of energy, they are also extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts such as rising sea-levels, floods and storms, meaning they face the dual responsibility of reducing emissions and decreasing the climate vulnerability of the urban poor.
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Image The Second Committee of the UN General Assembly at its 65th session
1 November 2010
New York, USA
In her statement to the committee, Christiana Figueres said there is a strong sense that Cancun can achieve a meaningful outcome, which is necessary to restore the credibility of the climate change process. She urged developed country Parties to show bold leadership, and all countries to show a willingness for compromise and flexibility.
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Image Twenty-third Meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC extraordinary meeting)
Bonn, Germany
21-23 October 2010
The report of the twenty-third meeting of the JISC is now available online.
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Image Aichi-Nagoya Ministerial Meeting of the REDD-plus Partnership
26 October 2010
Nagoya, Japan
Addressing assembled Ministers, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, spoke of the contribution forests in developing countries can make towards a global climate change solution and the conservation of biodiversity, and underlined the important role of the REDD+ Partnership in this regard.
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UN campus Joint press briefing with German Environment Minister Dr. Norbert Röttgen and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres
18 October 2010
Bonn, Germany
German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen visited the UN Campus in Bonn and met with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.
The press briefing took place at the UN's “Langer Eugen” building in Bonn,
Hermann-Ehlers-Str. 10.
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rio Tenth meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10)
19-29 October 2010
Aichi-Nagoya, Japan
COP 10 is taking place during the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity and will include a high-level ministerial segment from 27 to 29 October 2010. More
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Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion
The new Rio Conventions’ Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion will be featured at COP 10. The pavilion is a platform for raising awareness and sharing information about the co-benefits of implementing the three Rio Conventions. More
Image At Tianjin climate gathering, governments come closer to defining what can be achieved at Cancún UN Climate Change Conference
9 October 2010
Tianjin, China
Speaking on the final day of the Tianjin UN Climate Change Conference (4-9 October), UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said that governments had made progress in defining what could be achieved at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún.
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Image Global Work Party, Sunday 10 October 2010 - Christiana Figueres voices support for grassroots action to curb emissions
More than 7,000 events to fight climate change were held in at least 180 countries around the world on Sunday, 10 October in a "Global Work Party" that is part of a growing grassroots movement to curb greenhouse gases. In a video message to mark the day, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, urged people around the world to join in. She said the Global Work Party could help push governments into making compromises in their efforts to forge a treaty.
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Image UNFCCC Executive Secretary calls on governments to accelerate search for common ground at Tianjin climate meeting
4 October 2010
Tianjin, China
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on governments meeting in Tianjin, China, to accelerate their search for common ground to achieve strong action on climate change. With less than two months to go before the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún, Mexico, she said that a concrete outcome in December was urgently needed to restore faith in the ability of Parties to take the negotiations forward.
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Image Opening statement by Christiana Figueres at the UN Climate Change Conference, Tianjin, China
4 October 2010
Tianjin, China
On occasion of the opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Tianjin, Christiana Figueres stressed the need to build on progress made thus far, and encouraged Parties to articulate what could go into a politically balanced set of decisions under both the COP and the CMP at Cancun. She further urged Parties to demonstrate flexibility and a spirit of compromise to reach a balanced outcome, which may not be exhaustive in its detail, but should be comprehensive in scope.
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Image Latest edition UNFCCC newsletter
29 September 2010
Bonn, Germany
This edition features upcoming events, the latest developments in the process, as well as video messages from UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres and Patricia Espinosa, Mexican Foreign Minister and incoming President of COP 16/CMP 6.
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Image UNFCCC Press briefing Monday, 4 October
4 October 2010
Tianjin, China
Speaking to the media on the opening day of the Tianjin meeting, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, said that “Governments have restored their own trust in the process, but they must ensure that the rest of the world believes in a future of ever increasing government commitment to combat climate change.” Acknowledging that political disagreements exist, she said governments seem ready to discuss difficult issues and can break those deadlocks and bridge their differences: “Governments need to agree on what is doable in Cancun and how it will be achievable in a politically balanced manner."
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Image Address by Christiana Figueres at tripartite briefing to the permanent missions in New York
21 September 2010
New York, USA
In her address, Christiana Figueres stressed the need for an outcome in Cancun that shows the world the process is working and that the quest for a global solution is beginning to pay off. She also underlined the need for continued and strong engagement by Ministers in order to move critical issues in the negotiations out of deadlock.
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Swiss re high-level adaptation event on risk and resiliency
20 September 2010
New York, USA
Christiana Figueres said in her statement that recent extreme weather events are a wake-up call for the world to act to reduce emissions quickly, to adapt to the already inevitable in order to minimize loss of life and livelihoods, and to increase resilience in order to protect our future quality of life. She underlined that money spent on adaptation today will be money well invested in our future.
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CDM-EB 56 - Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism, 56th meeting
13-17 September 2010
Brasília, Brazil
The fifty-sixth meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM-EB 56) concluded on Friday, 17 September. The report of the meeting is now available.
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Compliance Committee, 8th meeting
16-18 September 2010
Bonn
The eighth meeting of the plenary of the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol was held in Bonn, Germany from 17 to 18 September 2010. The meeting was preceded by the 11th meeting of the enforcement branch and the ninth meeting of the facilitative branch, both of which took place on 16 September 2010.
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Image A new website launched to track fast start finance
6 September, 2010
The website www.faststartfinance.org aims to provide an overview of fast start finance in time for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico. The development of the website was initiated by the Government of the Netherlands, with support from the Governments of Costa Rica, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Norway, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.
Image Address by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, at the Geneva Climate Finance Dialogue 2 -3 September 2010
3 September, 2010
Geneva, Switzerland
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Image Kyoto Protocol's joint implementation mechanism sees breakthrough approval from Russia
30 August, 2010
Bonn, Germany
Russia has submitted for registration its first Joint Implementation (JI) emission reduction project under the so-called Track 2” procedure, a move that could signal a substantial increase in the number of projects under this promising Kyoto Protocol mechanism.
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Image ICID 2010: 2nd International Conference: Climate, Sustainability and Development in Semi-arid Regions
16-20 August, 2010
Fortaleza, Brazil
In a video message to the conference, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted the need for solid adaptation measures in semi-arid and arid regions that are highly vulnerable to climate change. Such measures, she said, can also have a huge mitigation potential, and can help both to reduce threats to biodiversity and to prevent land degradation.
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6th Australia-New Zealand Climate Change & Business Conference
10 August
Sydney, Australia
In a video address to the conference, Christiana Figueres stated that progress in climate change abatement is almost inconceivable without the strong involvement of business, and without significantly increased cooperation within and between the public and the private sectors. She stressed the economic advantages for companies that increase their energy efficiency and urged business to continue driving the sustainability and green growth trend.
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Image UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Governments make progress towards deciding shape of result at UN Climate Change Conference in Mexico, but need to narrow down number of negotiating options
6 August 2010
Bonn, Germany
According to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, governments meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn have made progress towards deciding the shape of a successful result at the November/December UN Climate Change Conference in Mexico, but now need to narrow down the many options for action on climate change presently under negotiation.
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Image UNFCCC Executive Secretary: Governments meeting in Bonn have responsibility to take next essential step in fight against climate change
2 August 2010
Bonn, Germany
The third round of UN climate change negotiations this year kicked off on Monday with representatives from 178 governments meeting in Bonn, Germany. The Bonn UN Climate Change Conference is designed to prepare the outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún in November and December.
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Image Opening statement by Christiana Figueres at the UN Climate Change Conference
2 August 2010
Bonn, Germany
Addressing the opening session of the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Bonn, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, underlined the rapidly rising scale and urgency of what has still to be done in the negotiations. "Governments alone cannot solve climate change, but only governments, working together, can help the world pilot the course effectively," she said.
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28 July 2010
Bonn, Germany
This edition features the latest developments in the process, upcoming events, as well as the first video message for the newsletter by Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary.
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UNFCCC Press briefing
22 July 2010
Bonn, Germany
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres today briefed the press about the status of the UN climate change process.
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Image Christiana Figueres takes the helm at UNFCCC
8 July 2010
Christiana Figueres has taken up her post as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), effective from 8 July. Ms Figueres assumes leadership of the secretariat following extensive experience of high-level work across all areas of climate change, including as a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team since 1995. She becomes the fourth executive secretary of the UNFCCC.
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Image COP 16 & CMP 6 - Launch of host country website
Cancún, Mexico
The sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP) and the sixth Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) will be held in Cancún, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010, together with the thirty-third sessions of the subsidiary bodies and the fourteenth session of the AWG-KP and twelfth session of the AWG-LCA.
The official host country website is now available online.
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Image Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2010
21 June 2010
Bonn, Germany
In an address to the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2010, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said that climate change is at the front of political leaders’ minds, on the agendas of corporate boardrooms, and reflected in the hopes and fears of billions of people around the world. Without the media to report what is happening in the field of climate change, this simply would not have been the case.
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Image Pensions 80 Seoul Summit 2010
16 June 2010
Seoul, South Korea
Speaking on the occasion of the Pensions 80 Seoul Summit 2010, which assembled the world's largest pension funds, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said that for the world to rise to the major challenging trends that are emerging to 2050, unprecedented cooperation between the private and public sector would be required.
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Image Launch of South Korea's Global Green Growth Institute
16 June 2010
Seoul, South Korea
On the occasion of the launch of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in South Korea, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said that it was beyond the shadow of a doubt that the world’s economy needed to be transitioned onto a low-emissions, green growth path. And a climate change regime under the UNFCCC had a major role to play in this, supplemented by initiatives like GGGI.
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Image Bonn climate talks make progress on fleshing out specifics of global climate change regime
11 June 2010
Two weeks of Bonn UN Climate Change Talks have made important progress towards concluding what was left incomplete at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009. The outcome is set to be presented at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún (COP 16) at the end of this year.
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Image Yvo de Boer's farewell speech
9 June 2010
Bonn, Germany
In his final speech at a UN negotiating session, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer expressed the urgency of responding to climate change and said that this would be possible through "unity in diversity".
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JISC 22 - Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee
Bonn, Germany
15-16 June 2010
The proposed agenda and its annotations for the 22nd meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC 22) are now available online.

Roundtable consultations on current JI issues
14 June 2010
The JISC agreed at its twentieth meeting to hold roundtable consultations in conjunction with its twenty-second meeting in June. More
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Image Climate Group Conference "Technologies & Targets on the Road to Mexico"
02 June 2010
Bonn, Germany
Addressing the conference for business and governments, organized by The Climate Group, Yvo de Boer highlighted the progress made in Copenhagen on a technology mechanism that would include a climate Technology Centre supported by regional units. With the establishment of such a Centre, he said, governments can provide the private sector with specific partnership possibilities, and in turn, business must make clear what they need to get involved.
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Image World Environment Day 2010
World Environment Day (WED), celebrated annually on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. The theme for this year is: “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.” It echoes the urgent call to conserve the diversity of life on our planet.
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Image Launch of "Greening the Blue" website
4 June 2010
On the occasion of this year’s World Environment Day, the UN Secretary-General has launched the website “Greening the Blue,” a one-stop shop for everyone with an interest in creating a more sustainable United Nations.
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Second round of Bonn UN Climate Change Talks in 2010 designed to pave way for full implementation of climate change action across the globe
31 May 2010
Bonn, Germany
A fresh round of UN Climate Change talks kicked off on Monday with representatives from 182 governments meeting in Bonn to take forward work from last year's UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15). The talks are designed to pick up on issues that were not resolved in Copenhagen and to pave the way for the full implementation of climate change action across the globe.
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New iPhone application for Bonn Climate Talks
19 May 2010
This application provides quick and easy access to essential information about the UN Climate Change Talks taking place this year. The application will be updated before each major UNFCCC event in 2010. Please keep your application on your iPhone after the meetings have ended in order to receive an automatic update of the app prior to subsequent meetings.

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, get logistical information.

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Latest edition UNFCCC Newsletter
18 May 2010
Bonn, Germany
This edition features the latest developments in the process, upcoming events, as well as Yvo de Boer’s final newsletter video message as Executive Secretary.
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Christiana Figueres Christiana Figueres appointed new UNFCCC Executive Secretary
17 May 2010
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Christiana Figueres as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat. Ms Figueres has been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team since 1995. She represented Latin America and the Caribbean on the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism in 2007 and was elected Vice President of the Bureau 2008-2009.
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First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change
30 May 2010
Bonn, Germany
In an address to the Congress, Yvo de Boer highlighted the important opportunity that cities offer to develop adaptation and mitigation win-win initiatives. He stressed that the poor in all countries suffer most from the impacts of climate change and that local authorities are the first they turn to for help, but this help is hard to provide without a national and international policy framework.
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San Marino deposited its instrument of accession to the Kyoto Protocol on 28 April 2010. The Kyoto Protocol will enter into force for San Marino on 27 July 2010.

San Marino's acceptance brings the total number of States and regional economic integration organizations which have deposited instruments of ratifications, accessions, approvals or acceptances to 191. A full list of Parties who have acceded to the Kyoto Protocol can be found here

Amendment to Annex I of the Convention to add the name of Malta

On 26 April 2010, the Depositary communicated to all Parties to the Convention an amendment to add the name of Malta to the list in Annex I to the Convention by decision 3/CP.15. In accordance with Article 16, the amendment will enter into force for all Parties to the Convention six months after the date of the communication by the Depositary, except for those Parties that have notified the Depositary, in writing, within that period of their non-acceptance of the amendment.

Petersberg Climate Dialogue Address by Yvo de Boer at Petersberg Climate Dialogue
Koenigswinter, Germany
3 May 2010
Addressing Environment Ministers assembled for the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, Yvo de Boer underlined the need for continued engagement on a high political level in order to provide guidance to negotiators on key crunch issues in the negotiations. In this context, he also called for an honest discussion on the future of the Kyoto Protocol.
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Earth Day 2010
22 April 2010
Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. Earth Day Network is galvanizing millions who make personal commitments to sustainability. Join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day.
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Launch of Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol
22 April 2010
The Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol (CSMP) is a new advanced level guide for sustainable event management which uses the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen as its case study. Copies of the CSMP and its corollary document, the COP 15 Event Sustainability Report, can be downloaded here.

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Speech by Yvo de Boer at Public Hearing on Climate Change
Brussels, Belgium
14 April 2010
Addressing the meeting, Yvo de Boer stated that concluding the climate change negotiations will produce tangible results for both sustainable development and green growth. He highlighted the need to concentrate on rebuilding trust within the process in order to make it easier to reach consensus.
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World People’s Conference on Climate Change
and the Rights of Mother Earth

Cochabamba, Bolivia
April 2010
The World People's Conference on Climate Change, convened by Bolivian President Evo Morales, concluded with a "People's Agreement." Details of the conference and its outcome, also in English, are available on the conference website.
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Climate change negotiators agree on intensified UNFCCC negotiating schedule for 2010
Bonn, Germany
11 April 2010
The first round of UN climate change talks since the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen at the end of 2009 concluded Sunday in Bonn with agreement to intensify the negotiating schedule in order to achieve a strong outcome in Mexico at the end of the year. In addition to the negotiating sessions already scheduled for 2010, governments decided at the Bonn April meeting to hold two additional sessions of at least one week each.
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Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee, 21st meeting (JISC 21)
13-14 April 2010
Bonn, Germany
The proposed agenda and its annotations for the 21st meeting of the JISC, are now available online.
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COP 15 and CMP 5 official reports published
Bonn, Germany
31 March 2010
The official reports on the results of last year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen have now been published. The reports detail the outcomes of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties at its 15th session (COP 15) and of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol on its fifth session (CMP 5).
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Earth Hour 2010 - record participation in the global call for climate change action
A record 4,000 cities and 126 countries around the world participated in the fourth annual Earth Hour by switching off their lights for one hour on Saturday, 27 March at 8.30 pm. The symbolic action was hailed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as "both a warning and a beacon of hope".
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Speech by Yvo de Boer at 8th Informal Meeting on Further Actions against Climate Change
Tokyo, Japan
2 March 2010
Addressing the meeting, Yvo de Boer stressed the need for the climate change negotiations to get off to a good start following Copenhagen, and for confidence in the process to be rebuilt. The priority for 2010, he said, will be to reach consensus on as many of the outstanding issues as possible to allow for the adoption of an agreed outcome in Mexico.
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Latest edition UNFCCC Newsletter
2 March 2010
Bonn, Germany
This first edition of the newsletter this year includes updates on the issues discussed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and looks ahead at upcoming meetings and events.
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Executive Secretary leaves UNFCCC secretariat
18 February 2010
Bonn, Germany
Mr. Yvo de Boer has announced today that he will resign his position as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as of 1 July 2010. Mr. de Boer will be joining the consultancy group KPMG as Global Adviser on Climate and Sustainability, as well as working with a number of universities.
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Second all-Africa Carbon Forum to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 3-5 March 2010
16 February 2010
Bonn, Germany
The programme is set and the list of participants is growing fast for the second all-Africa Carbon Forum, set to take place at the United Nations Gigiri complex in Nairobi, Kenya. The forum, an initiative of the Nairobi Framework partner UN agencies and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), will build on the growing interest in the Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism (CDM) in Africa.
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First round of formal UN climate change negotiations to take place in April in Bonn, Germany
23 February 2010
Bonn, Germany
The UNFCCC COP 15 Bureau decided on Monday, 22 February, that the next round of AWG-KP and AWG-LCA meetings should take place in Bonn from Friday, 9 April through Sunday,11 April 2010. The AWG-KP and AWG-LCA meetings are to be preceded by preparatory regional group meetings on 8 April. Further information will be made available soon.
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2010 Rio Conventions Calendar
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) – known as the "Rio Conventions" have produced their calendar for 2010, which also marks the International Year of Biodiversity. Its striking images celebrate the diversity of species, ecosystems, landscapes and cultures that grace our planet and that underpin efforts toward sustainable development. The calendar can be viewed here.

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CDM Executive Board - Fifty-second meeting
8-12 February 2010
Bonn, Germany
The report and its annexes of the fifty-second meeting of the CDM Executive Board (CDM-EB 52) are now available online.
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Information note pertaining to new President of COP 15 and CMP 5
5 February 2010
Bonn, Germany
Information note pertaining to a communication from the Government of Denmark informing Parties of a new President of COP 15 and CMP 5.
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Information note pertaining to an invitation for submissions
2 February 2010
Bonn, Germany
Information note pertaining to an invitation for submission of views, including messages by the Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA). The above-mentioned messages invite Parties to submit their views by 16 February 2010.
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UNFCCC receives list of government climate pledges
1 February 2010
Bonn, Germany
Following the conclusion of the climate change talks in Copenhagen, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has received submissions of national pledges to cut and limit greenhouse gases by 2020 from 55 countries. These countries together account for 78 percent of global emissions from energy use.
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UNFCCC Press Briefing 20 January at 15:00 CET in Bonn, Germany
Following the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, 7-19 December 2009, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer briefed the press on the outcome of the conference and the way forward in 2010.
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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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