Transport

Inter-agency Report Focuses on the Green Economy in Marine Sectors [viewed]

25 January 2012: An inter-agency report, titled "Green Economy in a Blue World," concludes that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems can be enhanced from well-managed marine sectors.

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UN Secretary-General Outlines "The Future We Want" [viewed]

25 January 2012: In a statement titled, “The Future We Want” delivered at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his plans for action over the next five years. He underscored sustainable development as first in his list of “five generational opportunities to creatively deliver on our core mission." His vision for advancing on sustainable development includes making progress on climate change, sustainable energy, and empowerment of women.

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Fifth World Future Energy Summit Convenes Renewable Energy and Environment Industry Leaders [viewed]

World Future Energy Summit 201219 January 2012: The Fifth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 was convened around a high-level segment focusing on policy and strategy, and three forums on: business and policy; technology and innovation; and finance and regulation. 

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UNECE to Adopt New Emissions Ceilings for Buses and Trucks [viewed]

UNECE19 January 2012: The Working Party on Pollution and Energy of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) approved a proposal for an amendment to Regulation No. 49, providing for more stringent emission requirements for heavy duty vehicle engines.

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ICAO Journal Focuses on Aviation and Sustainability [viewed]

17 January 2012: The latest issue of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Journal contains a number of articles on aviation and sustainability, including on: state action plans on emissions mitigation; economic measures to address carbon impacts; alternative fuels development; economic sustainability concerns; and aviation's role in global aid and social development.

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Guest Article #71: ICAO En-Route to Sustainability [viewed]

International civil aviation is an essential component of our global society. For all countries, it is a driver of economic, social and cultural development. For land locked and smaller island States, it is an economic lifeline, often the only available link to the global marketplace. More specifically, it creates or supports millions of jobs, brings people together for leisure or business activities and, in many instances, ensures rapid and effective delivery of humanitarian aid where it is most urgently needed.

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EIB Grants Credit Line to Caribbean Development Bank for Climate Action Projects [viewed]

6 January 2012: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it will grant a €50 million line of credit to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to help finance borrowing member countries' (BMC) efforts to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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New IMO Marine Environment Division Director Appointed [viewed]

IMO3 January 2012: Stefan Micallef has been appointed Director of the Marine Environment Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as part of a Secretariat restructuring announced by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu.

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Event: Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

Resilient Cities 2012: 3rd World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change will focus on the following themes: urban risk and the issue of urban infrastructure as a key element in building resilient cities; resilient integrated urban design - how to optimally relate the water, food security and biodiversity sectors to build a resilient city; resilient urban renewable energy - how to ensure a clear link between the local renewables agenda and energy security and safety of urban areas; resilient urban logistics - a showcase of successful examples in ecomobility (moving people) and ecologistics (moving goods); and financing the resilient city - how climate financing for adaptation can be mobilized, leveraged and innovated for the local level. Resilient Cities 2012 will also host a session on global sustainable infrastructure finance in partnership with Global Energy Basel. Joan Clos, UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, is the patron of Resilient Cities 2011 and 2012.  

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EU Court Finds Measures on Aviation Emissions Compatible with International Law [viewed]

21 December 2011: The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has ruled that the EU decision to include the aviation sector in its Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012, thereby providing that all airlines – including those of third countries – will have to acquire and surrender emission allowances for their flights departing from and arriving at European airports, is lawful under international law.

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