Intergovernmental Organization

EC Releases Report on Soils' Role in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Review of existing information on the interrelations between soil and climate change (CLIMSOIL)

5 March 2009: The European Commission (EC) has released a report that underlines the role that soils can play in mitigating climate change.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Parties' Submissions on Legal Implications Arising from Work of AWG-KP [viewed]

March 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released four submissions on views on the legal implications arising from the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) pursuant to Article 3, paragraph 9, of the Kyoto Protocol. It received the submissions from Belarus, the Czech Republic on behalf of the EU, Japan and New Zealand. Article 3.9 states that commitments for subsequent periods for parties included in Annex I shall be established in amendments to Annex B and the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties shall initiate consideration of such commitments at least seven years before the end of the first commitment period.

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UNEP and Partners Launch “50 by 50” Global Fuel Economy Initiative [viewed]

50by50: Global Fuel Economy Initiative

4 March 2009: At the Geneva Motor Show, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5-15 March 2009, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Energy Agency, the International Transport Forum and the FIA Foundation laid out a roadmap, the “50 by 50 Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI),” to halve car emissions by 2050.

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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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IEA Executive Director Outlines Role of Renewables for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

L-R: IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka with the Portuguese Minister for Economy and Industry, Mr. Manuel Pinho

27 February 2009: In a speech to the Energy and Society Conference, which convened in Lisbon, Portugal, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka provided an overview of the global energy outlook and insights into the role of renewables with respect to climate change mitigation and energy security.

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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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EC Grants Stockholm and Hamburg the Green Capital Cities of Europe Award [viewed]

23 February 2009: The cities of Stockholm and Hamburg have been granted the first Green Capital Cities of Europe award by the European Commission (EC), for 2010 and 2011, respectively.

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IEA Executive Director Calls for a “Clean Energy New Deal” [viewed]

23 February 2009: In a speech delivered at the “Global Korea 2009 - Korea in a Reshaping World” conference, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka stressed the importance of investment for energy supply and clean energy technologies, and international cooperation for energy efficiency and clean energy technology diffusion.

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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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