Intergovernmental Organization

EU Prepares for Resuming Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

18 February 2010: European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has written to EU Heads of State and Government outlining next steps in the Commission's work on climate change.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Report of the Individual Review of the Annual Submissions of Italy, Japan and Estonia [viewed]

12 February 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the reports of the individual review of the annual submissions of the Governments of Italy, Japan and Estonia, submitted in 2009.

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European Commission Scientific Newsletter Focuses on Climate and Health [viewed]

11 February 2010: The most recent issue of Science for Environment Policy, the newsletter published by the European Commission to inform policy makers of recent research findings, includes several pieces on climate change and a special thematic issue on climate change and health.

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EU Parliament Calls for New Climate Diplomacy [viewed]

10 February 2010: Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) adopted a resolution on 10 February 2010, calling on the EU to create a "new climate diplomacy," whereby the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and the Commissioner on Climate Action should work together with the more progressive developing and emerging countries.

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IEA Releases Report on Potential for Second-Generation Biofuels in Developing Countries [viewed]

9 February 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published an information paper titled “Sustainable Production of Second-Generation Biofuels: Potential and Perspectives in Major Economies and Developing Countries.” The paper focuses on opportunities and risks presented by second-generation biofuels technologies in eight case study countries: Brazil, Cameroon, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand.

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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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