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The Newsletter focuses on the first meeting of transitional committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund, and highlights recent developments on mitigation, adaptation, finance, and technology, as well as the nomination of the President-Designate of COP17/COP/MOP 7.

31 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a new edition of its Newsletter in the run-up to the June 2011 UN Climate Change Conference, which will take place from 6-17 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany. The newsletter highlights the proceedings of the first meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund, among other topics.

Under mitigation, the Newsletter highlights the first round of the mitigation workshops held in Bangkok, in April 2011, as well as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) outreach in Africa, the first meeting of the REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) partnership, and reporting under the Convention by developed and developing countries.

The section on adaptation outlines the implementation of the Cancun Adaptation Framework and progress under the Nairobi work programme.

Under finance, facilitating direct access to climate finance is considered, as well as the launch of the UNFCCC finance portal for climate change.

Under technology, the focus is on the technology mechanism expert workshop that took place in Bangkok in April 2011. The possible roles of Technology Needs Assessments in the technology mechanism also are discussed.

The Newsletter also provides a update on the AWG-LCA and AWG-KP, and highlights the nomination of Maite Nkoana-Mashabane as President-Designate of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) and the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 7). [Publication: UNFCCC News, No. 25, May 2011]

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