Conference of the Parties

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Recent developments in Canada expected to impact climate change policy - Canada makes INDC commitment ahead of Paris COP

Canada joined 36 other countries in May and submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC in advance of the Paris COP 21. Canada’s INDC is noteworthy in that it contains some interesting...more

Why Paris will not be another Copenhagen

The road from Rio - Concerted international action to stabilize concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at safe levels began with the agreement of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - December 2014

CMS Extends Comment Period for Home Health Conditions of Participation Proposed Rule – As previously reported, on October 9, 2014, CMS published in the Federal Register a Proposed Rule that would revise the home health...more

COP 19 – Day 11 of the Conference

Introduction - The focus of Thursday’s high-level ministerial discussions turned to the Durban Platform and sought to capitalise on the common ground that was established yesterday in the AWG-DP....more

COP 19 – Day 10 of the Conference

Introduction - The high-level ministerial discussions continued on Wednesday with a focus on trying to reach a consensus as to scaling up finance to the “magic number” of US$100 billion per year by 2020....more

COP 19 – Day 3 of the Conference

Day 3 continued where day 2 left off, with more meetings, contact groups, informal discussions, workshops and other events taking place under the COP, AWG-DP, SBSTA and SBI....more

COP 19 – Day 2 of the Conference

Having completed the formalities of COP 19 on Day 1, Day 2 opened with a plenary meeting of the AWG-DP. Through the course of the day, contact groups, informal consultations, workshops and other events convened under the...more

COP 19 – Setting Expectations

Introduction - The 19th Conference of the Parties (“COP”) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the “Convention”) opens today at the National Stadium in Warsaw, the Republic of Poland. For those...more

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 12 & 13 of the Conference

Introduction - The plenary sessions of the AWG-LCA and AWG-DP finally closed in the late afternoon of Friday 7 December 2012, leaving many issues to be put to the COP for resolution. With the COP meeting only opening for...more

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 8 of the Conference

Introduction - “It must be understood that what we are negotiating here is a complete transformation of the economic structure of the world. This cannot happen overnight…” said Christiana Figueres, the head of the UN...more

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 5, 6 & 7 of the Conference

The prospect of having nothing clearly agreed after a week of negotiations seemed to hang over proceedings on Friday 30 November 2012. However, as the sun set on Saturday 1 December 2012, the delegates’ motivation began to...more

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 4 of the Conference

Introduction - With finance at the top of the agenda on “Youth Day” Thursday 29 November 2012 there was broad concern to avoiding falling down a “climate finance cliff” as the European Commission’s lead climate...more

COP18 - Doha 2012: Day 1 of the Conference

Introduction - The 18th Conference of the Parties (“COP”) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (the “Convention”) opened in the vast new conference centre in Doha, Qatar, yesterday to the words...more

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