By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:07:49 GMT

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol is starting today in Durban, South Africa. COP 17 brings together representatives of the world's governments, international organizations and civil society. The discussions will seek to advance, in a balanced fashion, the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the Bali Action Plan, agreed at COP 13 in 2007, and the Cancun Agreements, reached at COP 16 last December.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Fri, 25 Nov 2011 11:35:31 GMT

Bali, Indonesia, 25 November 2011 – Six children aged 10 to 14 years old flew from their mountain homes in the Kingdom of Bhutan to the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia to participate at the 23rd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP-23). These young musical ambassadors sang at the Reception Dinner hosted by the Indonesian Government yesterday evening.

By OzonAction UNEP-DTIE on Thu, 24 Nov 2011 15:33:08 GMT

This side event provided information and case studies of illegal HCFC trade from both the public and private sector perspective, presented an assessment of the risks of smuggling under different scenarios as the HCFC phase-out progresses and considered the actions needed to combat smuggling of HCFCs. The event was intended to increase awareness of the issue of illegal trade in and help build capacity to assist developing countries to act against potential HCFC smuggling now and in the future.