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EU, GTZ and Partners to Organize Seminar on Energy and Climate Change in Cold Regions [viewed]

Energy & Climate change in cold regions

March 2009: The EU, the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the GERES (Renewable Energies Group, Environment and Solidarities) and other partners, are organizing a regional seminar on the challenge of development in energy-related projects and climate change adaptation strategies in the cold regions of Asia, to be held from 21-24 April 2009, in Leh, India.

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EU Environment Ministers Adopt Conclusions on a Comprehensive Post-2012 Climate Agreement [viewed]

Czech Presidency

3 March 2009: The first Environment Council of the EU under the Czech Presidency took place on 2 March 2009, in Brussels, Belgium. The Council adopted conclusions further developing the EU position on a comprehensive post-2012 climate change agreement, which is due to be concluded at the UN climate change conference in December in Copenhagen. 

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UNECE to Organize Conference on Water and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

March 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), together with the European Water Partnership, the Dutch Ministry for Transport and Public Works, the World Water Council and the Cooperative Programme on Water and Climate, is organizing a Conference on Climate Change Adaptation and Water, which will take place from 12-13 March 2009, in Brussels, Belgium.

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WHO/Europe Performing Assessments of Health Security and Crisis Management, with a Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

19 February 2009: World Health Organization (WHO)/Europe is collaborating with local contacts to conduct assessments of health security and crisis management.

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European Mayors Commit to Reduce their Emissions by 20% by 2020 [viewed]

10 February 2009: On 10 February 2009, during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2009 (EUSEW 2009), which is taking place from 9-13 February 2009, approximately 400 city mayors signed the “Covenant of Mayors,” in which they committed to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by over 20% by 2020 through energy efficiency and renewable energy actions.

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EU Ministers for Development Cooperation Discuss Access to Local Sustainable Energy Sources [viewed]

Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers

30 January 2009: EU Ministers for Development Cooperation held an informal meeting from 29-30 January 2009, under the auspices of the Czech Presidency in Prague, Czech Republic. Ministers agreed that the EU's development aid should focus on Least Developed Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, which will be hit particularly severely by the world economic slowdown.

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European Commission Releases Proposals for “Comprehensive Climate Change Agreement in Copenhagen” [viewed]

European Commission

28 January 2009: The European Commission has released a communication entitled “Towards a comprehensive climate change agreement in Copenhagen,” which sets out proposals to achieve the EU's objective to ensure that global average temperature does not increase more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. It addresses three key challenges: targets by developed countries and appropriate actions by developing countries; the need to address the financing of actions by developing countries (both to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change); and the need to build an effective global carbon market.

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Czech EU Presidency Outlines Actions for Climate Protection [viewed]

Czech Presidency of the EU Council

6 January 2009: The Czech Republic, as is customary for the presiding country of the EU, has introduced the priorities and work programme for its six month Presidency, which will take place from January-June 2009.

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UN Secretary-General: 2009 Will Be “The Year of Climate Change” [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 17 December 2008: In his last press conference for 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the coming year promises to be as difficult as 2008, which he called “the year of multiple crises.” He added that 2009 will be “the year of climate change” and noted progress made in Poznań, Poland, at the UNFCCC conference.

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European Council Approves Climate Change Deal [viewed]

Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of the French Republic, presided over the European Council held in Brussels on 11 and 12 December 11 December 2008: The European Council met in Brussels, Belgium, from 11-12 December 2008, and reached agreement on an energy and climate change package. It is anticipated that the package will be finalized with the European Parliament by the end of 2008.

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