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The 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP8) to the Kyoto Protocol is being held at Doha, Qatar, from 26 November- 7 December 2012. COP 18 brings together representatives of the country governments, international organizations, and civil society. The key issues to watch for at COP 18 are (a) the closure of the work of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) established under the Bali Action Plan agreed at COP 13 in 2007, (b) decision on the second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol, (c) elaboration on the work plan under the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP) established at COP 17 last year at Durban to decide on the climate regime post 2020. Some of the key thematic issues under negotiations are the shape of NAMA registry, the operationalization of the Green Climate Fund and the progress on the work under the Technology Executive Committee.

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability participated at the Doha 2012 UN Climate Change conference with a delegation of around 20 executive and senior officials, representing ICLEI Member cities and Offices worldwide. ICLEI holds a Side Event on 6 December, bringing together a broad range of local governments and the UNFCCC community involved in local climate action. The event aims was to raise the ambition of local governments in implementing climate mitigation activities and sustainable development, and is organised in cooperation with UN-HABITAT as part of the implementation of the European Commission funded project URBAN-LEDS.

At Doha and beyond, ICLEI aims to create effective partnerships that foster synergies among the efforts of local governments, programmes at the national and regional level, as well as global initiatives like the Mexico City Pact, Durban Adaptation Charter, carbonn Cities Climate Registry and the recent 2012 Seoul Declaration of Local Governments on Energy and Climate Mitigation. ICLEI also highlighted remarkable achievements of local governments at the UN Convention on Biodiversity and the model role played by local governments in the Rio+20 process.

ICLEI Agenda at DOHA 2012 – UNFCCC COP18/CMP8, 26 November – 07 December, Doha /Qatar


Decisions adopted by COP 18 and CMP 8

“New funds of USD 350 million for renewable energy in developing countries” For more information, please visit: http://www.uaeinteract.com/docs/IRENA__ADFD_renewable_energy_facility_opens_for_applications/51982.htm.

IRENA receiving project funding applications until 12 January 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.irena.org/adfd/

ICLEI´s Agenda in Doha: Raising global level of ambition through local climate action, 6 December Thursday, 13.15 – 14.45, Qatar National Convention Centre, Room:4.

Tender by Kota Municipal Corporation for DPR preparation for 100 KW Solar Roof top on Kota city new municipal corporation building.

Tender by Kota Municipal Corporation for design, supply, Construction, installation, erection, testing, commissioning, Operation and maintenance for power generation plant using bio-mass.

Corporation Drafts Plan to Tap Solar Power
COIMBATORE: In a step to conserve energy, the city corporation, on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 submitted a draft plan for the Solar City project, part of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable energy project. The meeting was attended by senior officials of Coimbatore Corporation and TANGEDCO to discuss the various steps to be initiated as part of the project.

However, it was decided that the draft plan would be revised and resubmitted as some of its statistics evoked mixed response from stake holders, especially TANGEDCO officials. The consultants have been asked to crosscheck and revise the draft report. The revised draft report will include the suggestions from officials who participated in the review meeting and finalised before it is submitted to the central government ministry for approval. For more details please visit: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-06-28/coimbatore/32456012_1_solar-energy-solar-city-project-renewable-energy-project

Refinance Assistance to Housing Finance Companies under Energy Efficient Housing Scheme (EEHS), 2011
The National Housing Bank under its promotional programme for energy efficient new residential  units with  the  support of the Kfw Development Bank, which is part of Kfw Bankengrupee  Germany  for promotion, rehabilitation and construction of the Energy Efficient (EE) Housing will provide a credit line of Euro 50 Million which will be used for refinancing the energy efficient new residential units. For more details please visit: http://www.nhb.org.in/Financial/new_scheme/Brochure%20Scheme%20EEHousing-HFC.pdf

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 200 million loan to ICICI Bank of India for projects in the renewable energy sector supporting climate change mitigation. For details, please visit: http://www.eib.org/projects/press/2011/2011-125-india-eur-200-million-loan-for-climate-change-mitigation-projects.htm

Local governments adopt 'Durban Adaptation Charter'
The Durban Local Government Convention: adapting to a changing climate – towards COP17/ CMP7 and beyond, brought together 114 mayors and other elected local leaders representing over 950 local governments from around the world in the signing of the Durban Adaptation Charter, a political commitment to strengthen local resilience to climate change.

The Convention was organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, on behalf of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, South African Local Government Association (SALGA), South African Cities Network (SACN) and eThekwini Municipality. Among those who attended the convention and signed the Charter were the mayor of Delhi, Prof. Rajni Abbi, the Mayor of Coimbatore, Velusamy Sengathurai, and the Mayor of Thimphu, Bhutan, Kinlay Dorjee. To read more, please visit: http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=11926

ICLEI new HEAT+ web-based Tool launched!
ICLEI launched the HEAT+ tool at the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UNFCCC Cop 17 in Durban, South Africa. For the first time ever, cities using HEAT+ tool (Harmonized Emissions Analysis Tool) can compare “apples to apples” and benchmark emissions levels against local, state, national, provincial, and international standards. HEAT+ is the only web-based product of its kind, offering secure data storage, a global data bank, comprehensive technical support, and accessibility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A variety of software packages are available. Get Access to Portal: heat.iclei.org