Intergovernmental Organization

UNECE to Hold Experts Meeting on Cleaner Electricity and CCS [viewed]

UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) November 2008: The Second Session of the UN Economic

Commission for Europe (UNECE) Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity

Production from Coal and Other Fossil Fuels will be held on 17-18 November

2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is taking place in the framework of

the growing world demand for electricity and the push for more environmentally

sustainable power generation, which are projected to require massive

investments in the coming years.

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EC Announces Communication on Deforestation and Climate Change [viewed]

7 November 2008: At the 44th session of the International

Tropical Timber Council and the Associated Sessions of the four Committees

(Finance and Administration, Economic Information and Market Intelligence,

Forest Industry, and Reforestation and Forest Management), the European

Commission (EC) announced a communication on deforestation and climate change,

with the goal of informing the EU position at the upcoming climate change

negotiations in Poznan, Poland.

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European Council Adopts Directive on Inclusion of Aviation in its ETS [viewed]

27 October 2008: The European Council has adopted a

directive (document 3657/08) that includes aviation activities in the EU

greenhouse gas emission trading scheme (ETS).

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Agreement Reached on Statutes for an International Renewable Energy Agency [viewed]

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 25 October 2008: Over 50 countries met in Madrid, Spain, from 23-24 October 2008 for the final preparatory conference for the establishment of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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UNEP Co-sponsors Conference on Military's Role in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

3 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme, (UNEP), with

the EU Member States Defense Environment Network, the US Department of Defense,

the Institute for Environmental Security, the US Environmental Protection

Agency, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Institute

for Defense Analysis, and the Environment and Security Initiative, is

co-sponsoring a meeting from 3-5 November 2008 in Paris, France, on “The

Importance of Military Organizations in Protecting the Climate: 2008.”

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OECD Releases Paper on Role of Public Finance in Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

24 October 2008: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation

and Development (OECD) has released a discussion paper entitled “What Role for

Public Finance in Climate Change Mitigation,” which considers how public

finance in developed countries can best be used to support climate change

mitigation in developing countries.

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IEA Report Assesses Vulnerability of Heavy Industry to Carbon Leakage [viewed]

Issues behind Competitiveness<br /> and Carbon Leakage Focus on Heavy Industry 27 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report that explores the vulnerability of heavy industry to carbon leakage – namely the movement of production away from jurisdictions where carbon constraints exist to jurisdictions where they do not – and competitiveness loss.

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EU and Asian Nations Reaffirm Need for Copenhagen Deal at ASEM7 [viewed]

Chair's Statement of the Seventh Asia-Europe Meeting 27 October 2008: The EU and 24 Asian States have signed a

declaration urging agreement on an international framework on climate change at

the Copenhagen negotiations in December 2009. The Beijing Declaration on

Sustainable Development was agreed and signed during the Seventh Asia-Europe

Meeting (ASEM), held from 24-25 October in Beijing, China.

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IEA Holds International Workshop on Energy Efficiency Strategies [viewed]

Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans 21 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Commission and the European Energy Network hosted an international workshop in Paris, France, on 21 October 2008, on “Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans.” The workshop aimed to encourage the development of high-quality energy efficiency strategies and plans that lead to significant improvements in energy efficiency.

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UN Secretary-General Urges EU to Complete Energy and Climate Package, Addresses Financial and Climate Crises [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 22 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

addressed the climate and financial crises in a number of meetings and

statements in the past two days. He has sent letters to the heads of the EU

states, encouraging the EU to conclude its energy and climate package by the

end of 2008, in order to provide a positive signal to the international

community in its negotiations on emission reduction commitments for the

post-2012 period.

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