Europe

Civil Society Reacts to Proposed SDGs [viewed]

OWGJuly 2014: In reaction to the final outcome of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which it proposed SDGs at the conclusion of the 13th session (OWG 13), a number of Major Groups and civil society organizations have released papers and press releases commenting on the proposal. The majority of reactions suggest the outcome is a significant step forward, while also highlighting specific concerns. Many groups expressed appreciation for the OWG's inclusiveness, noting that full and meaningful participation of civil society is being recognized as an essential aspect of the new global agenda.

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Event: 5th Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

The 5th Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will take place from 14-15 October 2014.  

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Event: 7th Meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate [viewed]

The 7th Meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will convene on 13 October.  

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EC Proposes 30% Energy Saving Target for 2030 [viewed]

European Union 23 July 2014: A communication from the European Commission (EC) proposing a new energy saving target of 30% for 2030 calls for energy efficiency to become an integral part of the EU's policy framework for climate and energy from 2020 to 2030. The communication also reviews progress towards the EU's 20% energy efficiency target for 2020.

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IRENA Identifies Success Factors for "Renewable Islands" [viewed]

IRENAJuly 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report that demonstrates how deployment of renewable energy on islands can reduce fossil-fuel import dependence and create business and employment opportunities. The report, titled ‘Renewable Islands: Settings for Success,' looks at how islands around the world have attracted investments in cost-effective renewable energy resources.

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ILO Calls for Engagement of Labor Sector in Green Economy [viewed]

ilo-eu18 July 2014: At a Joint Meeting of EU Environment and Labor ministers, hosted by the Government of Italy, the International Labour Organization (ILO) urged the ministers to align their policies on sustainable development. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said a deliberate shift to a greener economy could promote job creation and help mitigate climate change.

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Major Economies Forum Focuses on Finance, Nationally-Determined Contributions [viewed]

major-economies12 July 2014: Seventeen of the world's largest economies met for the 19th meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate. This iteration of the MEF focused on reaching the political consensus needed for a successful outcome at the 20th session of the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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European Ministerial Discusses Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR10 July 2014: The first-ever European Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) brought together representatives from 40 European countries to exchange views on developing a post-2015 DRR framework, to be endorsed at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.

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European Commission Quantifies Cost of Climate Impacts [viewed]

European Union 25 June 2014: Climate change-related damage could cost the EU €190 billion or more unless further climate action is taken, according to a study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The study seeks to quantify the biophysical impacts of climate change on household welfare and economic activity by examining climate impacts on ten sectors in five EU regions through a broad set of climate model simulations.

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BRICS Launch Development Bank [viewed]

vi-brics-summit16 July 2014: The Sixth BRICS Summit resulted in the establishment of the New Development Bank, which is to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies. The Summit also launched a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), and issued a declaration outlining the five countries' common position on a number of global issues, including climate change and sustainable energy.

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