Intergovernmental Organization

Event: Disaster Risk Reduction: A Matter of Good Governance [viewed]

The Organization of American States (OAS), as a co-sponsor of the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability, which will convene in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1-3 June 2012, is conducting a series of "hemispheric dialogues" on sustainable development themes intended to generate recommendations on institutions and governance for sustainable development for both the Congress and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The seventh in the series, co-sponsored by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), will seek to generate recommendations on improving governance in risk management and emergency legislation. Future dialogues will address biodiversity, and improving the environmental performance of the private sector.  

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UNRISD Paper Examines Social Policy and Double Injustice of Climate Change in the UK [viewed]

5 January 2012: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has published a paper on the social dimensions and distributive implications of carbon mitigation policies (CMPs), in particular on their negative impact on low income households and the double injustice of climate change within developed countries.

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Conference Highlights Contribution of Overseas Entities to Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

20 December 2011: A conference on “Islands and Overseas Entities' contribution to biodiversity conservation and the fight against climate change” was held at the European Parliament, and aimed to raise awareness on the importance of overseas entities and islands' assets to take up these challenges.

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Ireland Publishes Roadmaps for Wind Power, Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles [viewed]

IEA22 December 2011: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has published national technology roadmaps for wind power, smart grids, and electric vehicles using International Energy Agency (IEA) methodologies.

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CEC Report Details Greenhouse Gas Emissions from North American Power Plants [viewed]

7 December 2011: A report by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on the air emissions of electric power plants in North America finds that its 3,144 fossil fuel-burning plants generate the majority of several key pollutants and emit more greenhouse gases (GHG) than any other industrial sector.

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IEA Paper Reviews Reporting and Accounting for Negative Emissions Technologies [viewed]

December 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a Working Paper titled “Combining Bioenergy with CCS- Reporting and Accounting for Negative Emissions under UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.”

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IEA Bulletin Discusses Smart Grids, Ocean and Wind Energy and New Projects [viewed]

IEADecember 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its latest OPEN Technology Bulletin, which summarizes topics related to smart grids, the new IEA Energy Journal, ocean energy, Chinese wind energy, accelerating innovation, costs of inaction and new projects, among other items. 

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EU Court Finds Measures on Aviation Emissions Compatible with International Law [viewed]

21 December 2011: The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has ruled that the EU decision to include the aviation sector in its Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012, thereby providing that all airlines – including those of third countries – will have to acquire and surrender emission allowances for their flights departing from and arriving at European airports, is lawful under international law.

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PIFS Releases Pacific Plan 2011 Annual Progress Report [viewed]

21 December 2011: The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has released the 2011 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report and Reporting Annex. The report, available in English and French, provides an update of work undertaken over the last 12 months to implement the Pacific Plan, and highlights work underway by Forum members including on climate change, trade integration, fisheries and better coordination of aid. 

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Commission Proposes Environment and Climate Funding for 2014-2020 [viewed]

12 December 2011: The European Commission has proposed to allocate €3.2 billion over 2014-2020 to a new programme for the environment and climate action-LIFE, with simpler and more flexible procedures and a significant budget.

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