Transport

World Bank and GEF Support Dioxin Control in the Pulp Industry and Smart-Transport in City Clusters in China [viewed]

World Bank - GEF29 March 2012: The World Bank has approved two Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants totaling US$19.8 million to support reduction of dioxins from the pulp and paper industry and promote eco-transport development in city clusters in China.

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Nordic Council of Ministers Biomass Conference Begins Process to Promote Sustainable Nordic Biomass [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has reported on the outcome of a Nordic-Baltic biomass conference held in Copenhagen on 21 March 2012, noting the Baltic Sea region can become a leader in sustainable biomass production.

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Nordic Environment Ministers Adopt Svalbard Declaration on Short-lived Climate Forcers [viewed]

27 March 2012: Nordic Environment Ministers from Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland adopted the Svalbard Declaration on Short-lived Climate Forcers (SLCFs) under the Nordic Council of Ministers to reduce emissions of short life-span gases, including black carbon, which have a large impact on both climate and health.

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UN Report Highlights Sustainable Development Challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

23 March 2012: A new report on sustainable development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, prepared by 13 UN agencies, has highlighted the need for the region to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in green jobs, and establish social protection floors in order to ensure a sustainable future.

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GEF, UNDP Publish Overview of Joint Projects Results [viewed]

March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have published their annual report on joint projects financed during 2011 on ecosystems and biodiversity preservation, green development strategies, and sustainable use of water and ocean resources, among other topics.

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Aviation Summit Calls for Global Framework on Emissions Reductions [viewed]

22 March 2012: The sixth Aviation and Environment Summit discussed the contribution of the aviation industry to sustainable development. The Summit concluded with the adoption of an industry declaration titled "Aviation Benefits Beyond Boundaries," as a joint message to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UN DESA Brief Highlights Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport in Emerging and Developing Economies [viewed]

RIO+20March 2012: The March Issues Brief of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlights the transport sector in countries with emerging and developing economies, noting that rapid urbanization is changing the transport sector in these countries.

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World Bank Supports Sustainable Development in Colombia [viewed]

World Bank8 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$10 million loan to support air quality regulation enforcement and the promotion of sustainable water resource management in Colombia.

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ITU Announces Winners of Green ICT Challenge [viewed]

6 March 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Spanish company Telefonica have announced the winners of the Second Green Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Hackathon, where developers from all over the world competed to propose and develop a “Sustainable Energy for All” ICT application. The first prize went to a community bicycle application.

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IMO MEPC Adopts Energy Efficiency Guidelines [viewed]

IMO2 March 2012: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a series of guidelines to support the uniform implementation of mandatory measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from international shipping.

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