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The most recent official negotiations on the Bali Road Map took place in Poznań, Poland, in December 2008, but events outside of the negotiating halls could have a greater impact on the progress that climate change negotiators are able to achieve in the coming year. … article continues

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Latest News - Thursday, 8 January 2009
Poznań, 13 December—The 14th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) and the fourth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 4), along with several subsidiary bodies, drew to a close shortly before 3:00 am on Saturday morning, 13 December 2008. The Conference, which began on 1 December 2008 in Poznań, Poland, concluded with the adoption of the COP and COP/MOP reports. In his closing speech, COP and COP/MOP President Nowicki summarized the meetings’ proceedings, highlighting that delegates had provided momentum towards Copenhagen through their resolution of the legal capacity of the Adaptation Fund Board, agreement on the Poznań Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer, and progress in discussions on REDD and the LDC Fund. More.
Photo: A view of the dais at the closure of COP 14
Poznań, 10 December—Business Day convened in parallel to the Poznań Climate Change Conference, on 9 December 2008. The event was organized to facilitate dialogue between high-level business and government experts committed to reaching a positive outcome of the Bali Action Plan. Organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the event discussed a shared long-term vision, mitigation, adaptation, technology, and financing and investing. Participants highlighted the business community's concerns and recommendations for a post-2012 framework, and brainstormed ways in which the business community could contribute to the ongoing UNFCCC discussions on this topic. More.
Photo: The panelists on a shared long-term vision presented on a variety of topics, including the economic implications of climate change policies and the need to improve and expand market-based mechanisms. L-R: Claude Fussler; Guy Sebban; Marcin Korolec; Björn Stigson; and Yvo de Boer
Lusaka, 12 December—The 15th session of the Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) took place from 9-11 December 2008, in Lusaka, Zambia. Among other actions, participants agreed to: an amendment to the rules of procedure; the postponement of the abolition of the CIFAA Sub-Committee for Lake Tanganyika; the endorsement of the Special Programme for Aquaculture Development in Africa; the creation of an Ad Hoc Working Group to develop an inland fisheries development strategy for Africa; and revised terms of reference of the CIFAA. Delegates also adopted the report of the meeting, which contains a summary of the plenary discussions and the seminar. More.
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Key meetings in the next three weeks
Working Group Experts Meeting on the Forest Investment Program: 8-9 January 2009. Washington, DC, US.
Founding Conference of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA): 26-27 January 2009. Bonn, Germany.
CBD Expert Group on Compliance for ABS: 27-30 January 2009. Tokyo, Japan.
Climate Investment Funds Committee Meetings: 27-30 January 2009. Washington, DC, US.
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