Transport

UN Forum on Fuel Efficiency and Sustainable Urban Transport Convenes [viewed]

17 March 2010: The UN Forum on Climate Change Mitigation, Fuel Efficiency and Sustainable Development of Urban Transport met from 16-17 March 2010, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in preparation for the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).

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Event: 60th session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee [viewed]

During this session, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is scheduled to consider, in the light of the outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, the enacting of the technical and operational measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from international shipping that were disseminated in 2009 for voluntary trial application. The MEPC will also discuss the possible mandatory application of these measures based on a proposal by Japan, Norway and the US to add a new section on energy efficiency to MARPOL Annex VI Regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships. The MEPC will also continue developing the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) to cover ships with non-conventional design and propulsion systems that are not covered by the current index formula. In addition, the Committee will continue its consideration of market-based instruments to supplement the technical and operational measures. A working group on GHG issues will be convened during the session.

 

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Event: World Cities Summit 2010: Liveable and Sustainable Cities for the Future [viewed]

This three-day event will focus on the challenges related to urban planning, infrastructure financing, public housing, waste management, urban biodiversity and climate change. Participants will discuss how to mitigate risks and build inclusive and harmonious cities. Partners of the Summit include the Asian Development Bank (ADB), UN-Habitat, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).  

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UNWTO Secretary General Urges Tourism Sector to Take Part in the Green Economy [viewed]

9 March 2010: In an opening speach to the ITB Travel Trade Show, which is convening in Berlin, Germany, from 10-14 March 2010, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai urged the tourism sector to ensure that global policies are supportive of the sustainable growth of tourism.

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ICAO Commits to Develop a Carbon Dioxide Standard for Commercial Aircraft [viewed]

19 February 2010:  The International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection's (CAEP) met at ICAO headquarters from 1-12 February 2010, in Montreal, Canada, and announced the ICAO's commitment to the development of a carbon dioxide standard for commercial aircraft by 2013. This effort would result in the first global fuel-efficiency standard for any industry sector.

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UNCTAD's 2010 Trade and Environment Review Focuses on Promoting Poles of Clean Growth [viewed]

March 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has published its Trade and Environment Review 2009/2010, which contains some 20 essays on the topic "Promoting Poles of Clean Growth to Foster the Transition to a More Sustainable Economy."

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EU Increases Funding to Neighboring Countries for Climate Projects [viewed]

2 March 2010: The EU has announced increased funding of up to EUR 2 billion, for the period 2011-2013, to reinforce political cooperation and promote economic integration between the EU and its neighbors. Funding will be used for, among other things, projects in the areas of climate change, transport, energy and environment.

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WHO Publishes Fact Sheet on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

January 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) published its Fact Sheet N°266 on “Climate change and health,” which includes sections on: the impact of climate change on health; extreme heat; natural disasters and variable rainfall patterns; patterns of infection; measuring health effects; sectors of the population at risk; and the WHO response.

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UNECE Inland Transport Committee Highlights Measures to Address Climate Change [viewed]

25 February 2010: The 72nd annual session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee, held from 23-25 February 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, recognized that measures including better infrastructure planning, efficient border-crossing and transit procedures, technologically progressive vehicle construction norms and a greater role for environmentally-friendly modes, such as rail and inland navigation, are necessary steps to improve current and future transportation systems, with less pollution, in the pan-European region.

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WTO Environmental Goods and Services Negotiations Focus on Climate-Friendly Products [viewed]

19 February 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) held a Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE-SS) to continue negotiations on the liberalization of environmental goods and services, and noted a renewed focus on liberalizing trade in climate-friendly products, such as solar energy-related parts and components, wind and hydro-electric energy and gas-turbines, natural gas and clean-diesel vehicles, and products used in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects.

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