Finance

OECD Secretary General Says Current Pledges Fall Short of Reductions Needed [viewed]

22 April 2010: Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), emphasized that current pledges fall short of the effort needed to curb climate change and discouraged the use of border tax adjustment (BTA) measures during a speech at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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UNFCCC Publishes Paper on the Collection of ITL Fees [viewed]

21 April 2010: The UNFCCC has released a technical paper (FCCC/TP/2010/) that presents various options for methodologies for the collection of international transaction log (ITL) fees, including options for calculating fee levels and other modalities related to the collection of fees, such as the treatment of new users and actions to be taken in case of non-payment.

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Global Research Alliance Holds First Meeting on Emissions from Agriculture [viewed]

April 2010: The first meeting of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research met from 7-9 April 2010, in Wellington, New Zealand. The Alliance brings together representatives from 29 developed and developing countries to discuss mitigation options for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture.

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Event: First meeting of the Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 Project [viewed]

This meeting has been rescheduled.

The first meeting of the Group of Experts of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 Project (GEE21), created at COP 14 in Poznań, Poland, by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to facilitate cooperation and exchange between regional UN commissions on energy efficiency for climate change mitigation, will: discuss recent developments in the GEE21 Project, especially the newly published document “Financing Global Climate Change Mitigation: Sources of Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments;” hear presentations on sustainable energy programmes and projects; and discuss the 2010-11 programme of work.  

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People's World Conference on Climate Change Adopts Declaration [viewed]

23 April 2010:The People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth convened in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 19-22 April 2010. An initiative of Bolivian President Evo Morales, the Conference provided a forum to discuss the structural and systemic causes of climate change and propose substantive measures that facilitate the well-being of mankind in harmony with nature.

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Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol Launched [viewed]

22 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the creation of the Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol (CSMP) by a coalition of seven organizations. The CSMP was inspired by the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 15), which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009, and aims to increase the sustainability of future COPs and other large international meetings. 

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Bolivia Hosts People's World Conference on Climate Change [viewed]

The People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth convened in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 19-22 April 2010.

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Mother Earth is Under Pressure - UN Secretary-General [viewed]

22 April 2010:  In a message to mark International Mother Earth Day, celebrated on 22 April, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that "Mother Earth – our only home – is under pressure."  Noting that we have "drawn on nature's capital without putting back," he underlined that we are now seeing the consequences, as showcased by climate change and the depleted ozone layer.

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Proposed EU MDGs Action Plan Includes Climate Financing [viewed]

21 April 2010: The European Commission put forward an action plan for the EU to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The action plan also sets out a possible EU position ahead of the UN Summit on the MDGs, scheduled to take place in September 2010, in New York, US.

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European Investment Bank to Expand Work on Climate Change [viewed]

21 April 2010: The European Commission presented a proposal on the external mandate of the European Investment Bank (EIB) until 2013, which would activate a EUR 2 billion optional mandate for projects contributing to address climate change.

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