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The Global Directory of Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) working on issues of oceans, coasts and islands is a comprehensive and current information source to aid those working in the marine field in identifying partners, colleagues, and networks. Establishment of such connections will assist the public sector, academic and research sectors, and non-governmental, intergovernmental, governmental organizations in their work and will serve to further the implementation of the targets and goals pertaining to oceans, coasts, and islands developed at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. NGOs are critical partners and participants who can advance concern of oceans, coasts, and islands on international, regional, and national agendas.

The directory lists international, regional, and national NGOs, their contact information, and descriptions of their missions, activities, and history. The full directory document is available for download below. For easy searching and browsing, please refer to the Index below that has the organizations listed by region and country.

In addition, a mechanism for updating the directory is included. Those finding missing pieces in the directory or needs for revision (especially with changing contact information) can fill out a template and submit it for incorporation into the directory.

Please feel free to explore the directory and send any additions, comments, or revisions via the attached form doc to the contact person provided.

Download the NGO directory, Global Directory of Non-governmental Organizations Working on Issues of Oceans, Coasts, and Islandspdf

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the website of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands. This website provides information on global developments related to oceans, coasts, and small island developing States (SIDS), particularly activities aimed at achieving oceans-related targets from the World Summit on Sustainable Development and from the Millennium Development Goals through policy analyses, multi-stakeholder dialogues, working groups, roundtables, and other approaches.

Ensuring Survival, Preserving Life, and Improving Governance

May 3-7, 2010, UNESCO, Paris, France
Third Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands
(in association with the 50th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and in celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010)

The 5th Global Oceans Conference will specifically address the challenges and opportunities posed by the emerging international consensus on a new climate regime (as developed through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Copenhagen, December 2009). Mitigation, adaptation, and financing issues will profoundly affect oceans, coasts, and small island States, which are at the frontline of climate changes. Thus, it is imperative that the importance of marine and freshwater ecosystems and resources and their vulnerability to climate change are emphasized and that integrated ecosystem-based principles and approaches be fully incorporated in the shared vision for long-term cooperative action and in the adaptation, mitigation, financing, and technology strategies and measures.




  1. Internet services (throughout the duration of the project)
  2. Information on national ocean policies emanating from the study has been placed on the global web service organized by the University of Delaware on behalf of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands (www.globaloceans.org).

Participants, Research Task Force on National Ocean Policies

Chair: Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, University of Delaware
Vice-Chair: Dr. David VanderZwaag, Dalhousie University School of Law
Project Coordinator: Dr. Miriam C. Balgos, Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, University of Delaware

Task Force members:

National ocean policies

Australia: Donna Petrachenko and Ben Addison, Department of the Environment and Water Resources

Brazil: Milton Asmus, Fundacao Universidade do Rio Grande (FURG)

Canada: David VanderZwaag, Dalhousie University; Camille Mageau, Department of Fisheries and Oceans; Sue Farlinger, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

China: Haiqing Li, State Oceanic Administration; Jiao Yongke, China Institute for Marine Affairs

India: Harsh Gupta, former Secretary, Department of Ocean Development (Retired)

Japan: Hiroshi Terashima, Ocean Policy Research Foundation, Japan; Moritaka Hayashi, Waseda University

New Zealand: Prue Taylor, Department of Planning, University of Auckland

Norway: Terje Lobach, Directorate of Fisheries; Alf Hakon Hoel, University of Tromso

Philippines: Robert Jara, Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Jay Batongbacal, Philippine Center for Marine Affairs, Inc.

Portugal: Mario Ruivo, Intersectorial Oceanographic Commission, Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education; Tiago Pitta e Cunha,Cabinet of the Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, European Commission; Francisca Menezes-Ferreira, Intersectorial Oceanographic Commission and Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

Russian Federation: Yuriy M. Kolochkov and Yuriy Mikhaylichenko, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade; Valentin P. Sinetsky and Genrikh K. Voitolovsky, Council for Study of Productive Forces

United States: Biliana Cicin-Sain, University of Delaware

United Kingdom: John Roberts, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), UK; Hance Smith, Cardiff University

Vietnam: Nguyen Chu Hoi, Ministry of Fisheries; Hoang Ngoc Giao, Law School, Vietnam National University

Regional ocean policies

Africa region: Ali Mohamed, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); Indu Hewawasam, Africa Region, World Bank

South Pacific: Cristelle Pratt and Mary Power, SOPAC

European Union: John Richardson, Directorate-General for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, European Commission

Connection between national ocean policies and international ocean agreements: Jon Van Dyke, University of Hawaii School of Law

Advisors, Research Task Force on National Ocean Policies

  1. Dr. Patricio Bernal, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), UNESCO
  2. Dr. Alfred Duda, Senior Advisor, International Waters, Global Environment Facility
  3. Dr. Serge Garcia, Director, Fishery Resources Division, United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
  4. Dr. Jean-François Pulvenis de Séligny, Director, Fishery Policy and Planning Division, United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
  5. Dr. Chua Thia-Eng, Regional Programmme Director, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)
  6. Dr. Isao Koike, Professor, Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo
  7. Dr. Gunnar Kullenberg, Independent Consultant, and former Secretary, IOC/UNESCO
  8. Mr. Andrew Hudson, Principal Technical Adviser on International Waters, United Nations Development Programme
  9. Dr. Veerle Vandeweerd, Coordinator, UNEP Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities
  10. Mrs. Annick de Marffy, Director, U.N. Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea
  11. Mr. Philip Burgess, Co-chairperson, U.N. Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS)
  12. H.E. Ambassador Dr. Felipe H. Paolillo, Uruguay, Co-chairperson, U.N. Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS)

Case Study Guides

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  1. Final production of book on national ocean policies (August 2007)
  2. A book on Integrated Regional and National Ocean Policies: Comparative Practices and Future Prospects, resulting from the work reported at TOPS 2005: The Ocean Policy Summit will be published by the United Nations University Press in 2008. The book, which brings together the experiences of 18 countries and 4 regions in integrated ocean policy, includes 23 chapters authored by 53 authors.

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The Nippon Foundation
Part of the Nippon Foundation’s International Ocean Governance Network

The Nippon Foundation has organized the International Ocean Governance Network (IOGN) to enhance education and build capacity in ocean governance around the world. A first step in the creation of the Network has been the establishment of the Education Task Force to determine the current status of education and training in the ocean governance field.

The Network will also carry out collaborative, cross-national research on a number of important topics in ocean governance, to be chosen periodically through consultation among Network members. Research results, such as papers and reports, will be used for capacity building purposes (e.g., in enhancing ocean governance curricula of university teaching programs and specialized courses for public officials), as well as to assist countries in promoting best practices in the field.

The Research Task Force on National Ocean Policies, the first research activity of the Network, aimed to analyze emerging patterns of national ocean policies, share experiences, draw lessons, and develop guidance on ‘best practices.’

Development of National Ocean Policies Around the World
While most coastal nations of the world already have a variety of sectoral policies in place to manage different uses of the ocean (such as shipping, fishing, and oil and gas development), it has only been in the last decade that coastal nations have undertaken concerted efforts to articulate and implement an integrated vision for the governance of ocean areas under their jurisdiction-to harmonize existing uses and laws, to foster sustainable development of ocean areas, to protect biodiversity and vulnerable resources and ecosystems, and to coordinate the actions of the many government agencies that are typically involved in oceans affairs.

This is a very encouraging development, responding as it does to the reality of serious conflicts of use in most national ocean zones and to the prescriptions articulated in both the Law of the Sea (“the problems of ocean space are closely interrelated and need to be considered as a whole“), and in the 1992 Earth Summit (given the interrelationship among uses and processes in the coast and ocean, ocean and coastal governance must be “integrated in content and precautionary and anticipatory in ambit“).

Purposes of the Research Task Force
The Nippon Foundation Research Task Force on National Ocean Policies brought together academic experts and government officials working on national ocean policies from around the globe for the following purposes:

  1. Develop a framework for cross-national analysis of national ocean policies and for drawing lessons useful to other cases.
  2. Carry out systematic comparative analyses of national ocean policies in a selected number of countries.
  3. Draw lessons from the comparative analyses and develop suggested guidance for other nations contemplating national ocean policy formulation and implementation.
  4. Organize an international conference for lesson sharing on national ocean policies.
  5. Disseminate the results of the research work through publications, Internet services, policy briefings to public officials and to journalists.
  6. Develop and disseminate educational materials on national ocean policies.

Project Duration
February 2004 to September 2006.




In late 2006, the Global Forum began a strategic planning effort to chart strategic activities which could be undertaken together with governments, the United Nations, NGOs, industry, and scientific groups to advance the global oceans agenda over the next ten-year period, to 2016. The first step was the development of a draft calendar of major events and opportunities for policy decisions (by the United Nations and other parties) related to oceans, coasts, small island developing States, and freshwater taking place over the next decade, as well as tentative Global Forum policy analyses and multistakeholder workshops/global conferences in response to and/or in anticipation of such opportunities. The next steps in the strategic planning are to be carried out through 17 working groups, as explained below.

Strategic Planning to Advance the Oceans Agenda, 2006-2016, Working Groupspdf

Draft calendar of major oceans events and opportunities for policy decisionspdf

Recommendations for Action Emanating from the 4th Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islandspdf

Invitation to Collaborate in the Global Forum Programme of Work 2009-2012pdf

Global Oceans Conference 2010: Advancing Integrated Oceans Governance at National, Regional, and Global Levelspdf

Final Program: Global Ocean Policy Daypdf

Volume of Policy Briefs on Oceans and Climate Changepdf

Co-Chairs’ Statement from Global Ocean Policy Daypdf

Submission to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the UNFCCCpdf

Manado Oceans Declarationpdf

Revised Negotiating Text, Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the UNFCCC, June 22, 2009pdf


Working Groups have or are being organized on the following major themes, which are based on the WSSD targets on oceans, coasts, and small island developing States. Working Groups are also to consider the overarching, cross-cutting issues, as explained below.

Theme 1. Achieving Ecosystem Management and Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management by 2010

  1. Coordinating Group on Theme 1: Cross-Cutting Issues
  2. Large Marine Ecosystems
  3. Marine Biodiversity and MPAs
  4. Freshwater, Oceans, and Coasts
  5. Fisheries and Aquaculture
  6. Ocean Use Access Agreements in EEZs of Developing Nations
  7. Tourism
  8. Maritime Transportation

Theme 2. Climate, Oceans, and Security

  1. Coordinating Group on Theme 2: Cross-Cutting Issues
    • Vulnerable Communities
      • Adaptation
      • Environmental Refugees
      • Public Health
    • Vulnerable Ecosystems
      • Natural Disasters
      • Sea Level Rise
      • Ocean Acidification
      • Ocean Warming
  2. SIDS and the Mauritius Strategy

Theme 3. Governance of Marine Ecosystems and Uses in Areas Beyond the Limits of National Jurisdiction

  1. Coordinating Group on Theme 3: Cross-Cutting Issues
    • Overall Governance Issues
    • Ecosystems and Uses
      • Marine Biodiversity
      • Fisheries
      • Bioprospecting
      • Deep Seabed Mining
      • Tourism
      • Maritime Transportation

Working Groups on Overarching, Cross-Cutting Issues

  1. Poverty Reduction
  2. Capacity Development
  3. Marine Ecosystem Productivity/ Services
  4. Indicators for Progress
  5. Compliance and Enforcement
  6. Public Education / Outreach / Media

The themes and overarching, cross-cutting issues are shown in the Working Group Matrixpdf

The results of Working Group deliberations and a draft Global Oceans Agenda for 2006-2016 will be presented at:

–The 4th Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, on April 7-11, 2008

–The World Ocean Conference, Manado, Indonesia, May 11-15, 2009

–Other appropriate international venues

Working Group Documents

Working Group Compendiumpdf

Draft Media Outreach Strategy and Public Education Planpdf

Working Group Document on Marine Biodiversity and Networks of MPAspdf

Working Group Document on Fisheries and Aquaculturepdf

Working Group Documents on Climate, Oceans, and Security

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The Center serves as the Secretariat for the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands. The Forum serves as a platform for cross-sectoral information sharing and dialogue on issues affecting oceans, coasts, and islands, with the common goal of attaining the sustainable development of these areas. The aim of the Forum is the improvement of global, regional, and national policies related to oceans, coasts, and islands.

The Global Forum 2005-2007 Agenda is available at:      http://www.globaloceans.org/GlobalForumAgenda.pdf

For further information visit the forum website at:

Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy
301 Robinson Hall, University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716 USA
Phone: 1-302-831-8086; Fax: 1-302-831-3668


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Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Forum:
Challenges and Opportunities

The Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy at the University of Delaware, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, Monmouth University, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, the Coastal States Organization, and the Environmental Law Institute, co-organized the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Forum, held December 1-2, 2008 at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Participants included ocean and coastal experts from federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry, the private sector, and academia, representing diverse backgrounds and ideas. The Forum focused on four objectives: promote dialogue and exchange of information among state, federal, industry, academic, and nongovernmental participants about regional ocean issues; clarify issues and stakeholder perspectives regarding potential benefits from coordinated actions and regional approaches; assess the status of regional ocean research, mapping, and information systems and tools; and share lessons learned from other regional initiatives and pilot projects and identify avenues for continued dialogue, future information sharing, and cooperation among Mid-Atlantic entities and stakeholders. Panels were organized around a number of themes, including Economic and Ecosystem Values of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Applying Ecosystem-Based Approaches and Marine Spatial Planning in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Climate Change in the Mid-Atlantic, Regional Offshore Energy, and Sustainability of Living Marine Resources and Habitats. Subsequent breakout sessions offered an opportunity for further discussions on the challenges facing the Mid-Atlantic region and allowed participants to identify possible next steps to improve information sharing and increase cooperation within the Mid-Atlantic region on priority issues. (continued)
Highlighting UD’s Role in Global Education,
UD Center Organizes International Oceans Conference in Vietnam

The Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy at the University of Delaware organized the Fourth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands: Advancing Ecosystem Management and Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management by 2010 in the Context of Climate Change, which took place April 7-11, 2008 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The conference was hosted by the Vietnamese government at the highest policy level and assessed essential issues in the governance of the world’s oceans, with a focus on moving toward an ecosystem-based and integrated approach to oceans governance at national, regional, and global levels. For the first time, a concerted effort was made to bring oceans policy together with climate change issues, which, as indicated in the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will have profound effects on ecosystems and coastal populations around the world, especially among the poorest people on Earth and in small island developing States. (continued)


Fourth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands set April 7-11, 2008 in Hanoi, Vietnam

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The Fourth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands: Advancing Ecosystem Management and Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management by 2010 in the Context of Climate Change will take place April 7-11, 2008 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Conference will mobilize high-level policy attention, topical working groups, analytical papers, and other contributions to provide a review of progress achieved (or lack thereof) in advancing ecosystem management and integrated coastal and ocean management by 2010 at national and regional (transboundary) levels, and in the 64% of the ocean beyond national jurisdiction, and on the allied goals of reducing marine biodiversity loss by 2010 and of establishing networks of marine protected areas by 2012 (goals adopted by the world’s political leaders at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development). These goals are considered in the context of climate change, which, as indicated in the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will have profound effects on ecosystems and coastal populations around the world.

For more information on the Conference, please visit the Conference web site at:


The Center conducts research and advisory activities around a variety of themes linked to ocean and coastal management at domestic and international levels. The links below provide examples of recent projects conducted by Center researchers.

    International Network of ICM Practitioners: A Partnership Outcome of the WSSD

    Advancing the Use of Indicators for Integrated Coastal Management

    Assessment of Progress Achieved on Oceans and Coastal Management at the Global Level since the 1992 Earth Summit

    Study of Integrated Coastal Management in Latin America and the Caribbean for the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) (1999-2000)

    Book on Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management: Concepts and Practices

    Special Issues of Ocean & Coastal Management on Integrated Coastal Management

    Capacity Building in Integrated Coastal Management

    Regional Governance Workshop

    Perspective on Coastal Governance for a Coordinated and Comprehensive U.S. National Ocean Policy

    Book on U.S. National Ocean and Coastal Policy

    Studies of the Performance of State Coastal Programs

    National Dialogues on Ocean and Coastal Policy

    Ocean and Coastal Policy Roundtable (2001 to present)

    Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands

    2003 Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands: Mobilizing for Implementation of the Commitments Made at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development

    CMP at the World Summit on Sustainable Development

    The 2001 Global Conference on Oceans and Coasts at Rio+10

    Progress achieved on oceans and coasts’ 1996 review by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and 1997 review by the UN General Assembly

    Offshore Aquaculture Policy Study (1999-2001)

    Developing Operational Guidelines for the Offshore Aquaculture Policy Framework (2001-2003)

    Study on Marine Biotechnology Policy

    Study of Benefits from Sea Grant Funded Research on Marine Biotechnology (1999)

    Toward an Ocean Plan for Delaware

    Improving the Management of Coastal Ecosystems through Management Analyses and Remote Sensing/GIS Applications: Experiences from the Delaware Region

    Coastal and Marine Tourism

    Fishery Conflicts in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

    Studies of the Environmental Technology Industry

    Comparative Studies of Common Property Resources Management


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University of Delaware
College of Marine and Earth Sciences –

Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy

301 Robinson Hall, University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716 USA
Phone: 1-302-831-8086; Fax: 1-302-831-3668



~ Joint ICM-GPA Web Page ~
Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

The United Nations Environment Programme GPA Coordination Office in The Hague, The Netherlands, coordinates the tasks and activities of UNEP as secretariat of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA).


This Global Programme of Action was adopted by 108 Governments, and the European Commission, in Washington D.C. in 1995. The role of the secretariat, in close partnership with relevant organizations, is to:

* promote and facilitate implementation of the GPA at the national level;
* promote and facilitate implementation at the regional and sub-regional level through, in particular, a revitalization of the UNEP Regional Seas Programme; and
* play a catalytic role with other organizations and institutions in implementation of the GPA at the international level. The development of this new addition is in progress.

GPA News Forum


A direct link to the GPA News Forum. In this page you will find news related to the implementation of the GPA and also intend to stimulate discussion on topics of interest to the GPA community.

Through the GPA News Forum you will be able to quickly and widely distribute information on recent developments relating to marine and coastal degradation and the management of land-based activities. You will be able to share information on new technologies, best practices, new policy approaches, and successful – or not so successful – partnerships, and learn from the experiences of others. The GPA Coordination Office will keep you informed about recent GPA-related activities at the national, regional, and global level. The GPA News Forum will also provide you with information on relevant meetings, capacity-building possibilities, recent publications, and progress in key or pilot projects.

UNEP GPA Clearing-House Document Library


A site which contain documents mainly produced by the GPA Coordination Office or documents pertaining to the GPA itself. However, as the clearing-house is developed, documents pertaining to the implementation of the GPA by other partners will also be featured here.

Documents are made available in HTML (View On-Line), in Original format (Word 97), in ZIP format (compressed) and in PDF format.



This page provides links to global and regional general and specific sources of information on the protection of the marine environment and links to regional legal instruments (conventions and protocols) addressing LBS pollution and the relevant secretariats.



The process of policy setting for integrated environmental management is cyclic, evolves in time and can be described in a number of phases. Each cycle addresses problem identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation.

These elements in ICAM will be addressed in the GPA clearing-house. Tools, resource-books and guidelines will facilitate and support national and regional implementation activities



Strategic Oceans Planning to 2016new

Nippon Foundation Task Force on National Ocean Policies

The Ocean Policy Summit Lisbon October 2005

Small Island Developing States

Capacity Development

Working Group on High Seas

Working Group on Freshwater to Oceans


Ocean Donors Roundtable

Business and Industry Leaders Roundtable

Informal Ministerial Roundtables



United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Important notice: Due to necessary maintenance work, the website may be unavailable from Saturday 12 September 14:00 CEST until Sunday 13 September 18:00 CEST.

Bangkok Climate Change Talks 2009

Ninth session of the AWG-KP and seventh session of the AWG-LCA
28 September – 9 October 2009
Bangkok, Thailand

The first part of the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the first part of the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) will take place at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok, 10200 Thailand.

This will be the penultimate negotiating session before COP 15 in Copenhagen in December, at which an ambitious and effective international climate change deal is to be clinched.

Negotiations in 2009 leading to Copenhagen

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2009 is a crucial year in the international effort to address climate change. A series of UNFCCC meetings are taking place thoughout the year, designed to culminate in an ambitious and effective international response to climate change, to be agreed at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 15) in Copenhagen, 7-18 December.

The first round of negotiations this year took place in Bonn, 29 March-8 April. The second meeting took place in Bonn, 1-12 June. Informal consultations were held in Bonn, 10-14 August. Two further sessions will be held prior to Copenhagen: 28 September-9 October in Bangkok and 2-6 November in Barcelona.

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) will operate in full negotiating mode in 2009 to advance work towards meeting their respective mandates. Important ongoing work under the Convention will also be taken forward in 2009 by SBI and SBSTA.

COP 15 – Quick Information for Parties, observers and press

Danish host country website

Press release: Kyoto Protocol market mechanism strives to grow and improve
for good of present and future generations
Kiev, Ukraine
10 September 2009
Ukraine is hosting the 6th Joint Implementation technical workshop and 17th Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee meeting. Private and public sector stakeholders from 20 countries have gathered there this week to find ways to speed up and scale up a key market mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol, and ensure that lessons learned are carried to the critical international climate change conference in Copenhagen in December.
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UNFCCC Executive Secretary praises Japan’s emission reduction plans
Tokyo, Japan
7 September 2009
In a speech delivered at the Asahi World Environment Forum in Japan, Yvo de Boer praised the country’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. Japan had shown leadership in climate change, he said, by spearheading climate-friendly technologies and by making its economy one of the most energy-efficient in the world. He highlighted renewed economic opportunities that exist through embarking on a green growth strategy, such as enabling the private sector to retain its global leadership role in clean technologies.
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Summit on Climate Change to take place in New York on 22 September 2009
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening a Summit on Climate Change to focus Heads of State and Government on the need for urgent action, and to mobilize the highest level political will needed to reach a fair, effective and scientifically ambitious global climate deal at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December.


CDM International Photo and Video contest launched

The UNFCCC secretariat is pleased to launch the CDM International Photo and Video Contest 2009, on the theme “CDM Changing Lives.” The contest is intended to raise awareness about the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism. We will be looking for photos and videos that tell an interesting CDM story, whether it is about the creation of new jobs, the greening of industry, or the development of rural services and infrastructure. The secretariat accepts entries as of 1 September. Entry is free. Send us your work!
Latest UNFCCC newsletter
28 July 2009
Bonn, Germany
The latest edition of the newsletter reports on developments at the Bonn Talks in June and looks ahead to the informal negotiations taking place in Bonn in August. At this informal session, governments have a great opportunity to make further concrete and substantive progress on the key issues that need to be resolved to reach an agreed outcome in Copenhagen in December.
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Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee, seventeenth meeting (JISC 17)
7-11 September 2009
Kiev, Ukraine
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9-11 September
The agenda and its annotations for the forty-ninth meeting of the CDM Executive Board are now available online.
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