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Editor's Note: Looking towards April: Energy and Climate Change 

Issue #165 | 30 March 2011

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By: Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD <>

Looking ahead on the international sustainable development calendar, the month of April will begin with a heavy focus on energy and climate change issues.

Next week, IISD Reporting Services will have teams at two key events. The fifth session of the Preparatory Committee for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will take place on 3 April, followed immediately by the First Session of the Assembly of IRENA, from 4-5 April in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Our Earth Negotiations Bulletin team will cover this first meeting of IRENA's governing body, which will address issues related to the establishment of this new Agency, including: rules of procedure; transitional arrangements; designation of the permanent seat of the Agency; host country agreements; work programme and budget for 2011; appointment of the Director General; and organization of the second session of the Assembly.

At the same time, the first climate change conference of 2011 will convene in Bangkok, Thailand. The 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA), and three presessional workshops, will take place from 3-8 April 2011. The AWG-LCA will address the issues of a global goal, the Adaptation Committee, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) for developed countries, MRV for developing countries, a registry, financing for actions in the forestry sector, a Standing Committee on long-term finance, new market-based mechanisms, the Technology Mechanism, capacity building, review, economies in transition and legal options. The AWG-KP will focus on Annex I emission reduction commitments for a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol. And our Earth Negotiations Bulletin team will cover it all.

Continuing the April focus on energy, right after the IRENA meeting, delegates will convene in Abu Dhabi from 6-7 April, for the Second Clean Energy Ministerial. This event will discuss initiatives that were developed as a result of the first Clean Energy Ministerial, which met in July 2010 in Washington, DC, US. The energy focus will extend into May, when Abu Dhabi will host the 11th Session of IPCC Working Group III on the special report on renewable energy sources and climate change mitigation (SRREN) and the 33rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 33), which will consider the actions taken at the Working Group III session.

Our Earth Negotiations Bulletin teams will bring you the details of the negotiations that you have come to expect, and our knowledgebases will bring you the latest climate change activities, publications and outcomes that take place in between the big negotiations, along with activities related to biodiversity, small island developing States and sustainable development, as international sustainable development policy makers chart the course for the coming years.