Intergovernmental Organization

Former UNFCCC COP 15 President Hedegaard Becomes First-time EU Commissioner on Climate Action [viewed]

9 February 2010: The European Parliament has approved the new European Commission, with the vote taking the form of a single ballot on the whole College of Commissioners, consisting of one Commissioner from each of the 27 EU Member States, on 9 February 2010, in Strasbourg, France.

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UNCTAD Releases Report on Promotion of Green Growth in Low Income Countries [viewed]

February 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a report titled "Trade and Environmental Review 2009/2010: Promoting Poles of Clean Growth to Foster the Transition to a More Sustainable Economy." The report focuses on the over 140 low-income and least developed countries, which account for less than 10% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions of all developing countries.

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AU Posts Draft Concept Note for Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme [viewed]

February 2010: The African Union (AU) has posted on its website a draft concept note, dated 18 January 2010, on an Africa-EU renewable energy cooperation programme.

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Guest Article #33: Chemicals management and climate change [viewed]

Chemicals are an integral part of the daily life with over 100,000 different substances in use. There is hardly any industry where chemical substances are not implicated and there is no single economic sector where chemicals do not play an important role. While chemicals are a major contributor to national economies, their sound management throughout their lifecycle is essential in order to avoid significant risks to human health and ecosystems along with their associated economic costs. Sound management of chemicals is also critical in order to optimize the operation of chemical and related industries, and to develop sustainable patterns of production.

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African Union Conference Confirms Zenawi as Coordinator of the African Conference on Climate Change [viewed]

5 February 2010: The Heads of State and government of the African Union (AU) adopted a decision on climate change during the 14th ordinary session of the AU Conference, held from 31 January-2 February 2010, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Event: 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies [viewed]

This conference aims to provide a platform for dialogue on overcoming technical, legal and political barriers to the implementation of greenhouse gas mitigation technologies, focusing almost exclusively on carbon capture and storage (CCS). Among the ten conference themes are: developments in CCS technology; CCS infrastructure; relation between CCS and climate policy; legal aspects of CCS; public perception of CCS. The International Energy Agency (IEA) Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme is the guardians of the GHGT conferences, which are held every two years.  

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European Commission Addresses Cyber Attacks on EU ETS Registries [viewed]

4 February 2010: The European Commission has announced a series of immediate and future measures to address the cyber attacks on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) registries that occurred on 28 January 2010.

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OECD Secretary-General Highlights Upcoming Events on the Road to Cancun [viewed]

3 February 2010: Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), highlighted that upcoming meetings in the first half of 2010, such as the OECD-International Energy Agency (IEA) Annex I Expert Group meetings in February and April, as well as a workshop on new issues in carbon markets, provide opportunities to make progress in climate change negotiations leading to the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in November-December 2010, in Cancun, Mexico.

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IEA Publishes Review of Italian Energy Policy [viewed]

3 February 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report titled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Italy,” which evaluates both thematic policy issues such as energy efficiency and climate change, as well as sectoral policies, as it delves into renewables, electricity, natural gas, oil, coal and nuclear energies.

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European Commission Allocates Almost €7.3 Million to Central Asia for Adaptation [viewed]

1 February 2010: The European Commission has allocated €7.295 million to help Central Asian countries reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters, raise awareness among local populations about environmental changes and provide them with tools to adapt to climate change.

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