Europe

UNFCCC Publishes Norway's Fifth National Communication Report [viewed]

10 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/IDR.5/NOR) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication of Norway (NC5).

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EBRD Supports Energy Efficiency in Western Balkans [viewed]

10 May 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has granted a €4 million loan to the Macedonian Bank, NLB Tutunska Banka, in support of investments in energy efficiency in Western Balkans. The loan will be used for on-lending to the private sector for investments in industrial energy efficiency, energy efficiency in commercial buildings and small renewable energy production.

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EU, Liberia Conclude Bilateral Forest Agreement [viewed]

9 May 2011: The EU and Liberia have concluded a bilateral agreement to certify the legal origin of imported wood products into the EU.

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EU Joint Research Centre Annual Report Highlights Climate Science [viewed]

10 May 2011: The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has released its Annual Report for 2010, which provides an overview of the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the JRC's work carried out during 2010, including figures on staff, budget and publications.

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OECD Secretary-General Discusses Greening Spain's Energy Sector [viewed]

4 May 2011: Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), delivered a speech on greening Spain's economy for the 25th Anniversary of the Spanish Energy Club, which took place in Madrid, Spain, on 4 May 2011.

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UNECE Publishes Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards [viewed]

May 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published the “Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards 2011,” which contains a list of conventions, norms and standards that have been negotiated under the auspices of UNECE.

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UNECE Releases Report on Transport for Sustainable Development [viewed]

May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a report on sustainable transport in the UNECE region, which discusses, inter alia: the environmental sustainability of transport, focusing on consumption of non‐renewable energy; the emissions of harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases (GHGs); the generation of waste; and the reduction of natural habitat.

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IEA Stresses Benefits of Improving Efficiency in the Russian Power Sector [viewed]

9 May 2011: Addressing the Second International Scientific and Practical Conference in Kemerovo, Russian Federation, which took place from 4-6 May 2011, Richard Jones, International Energy Agency's (IEA) Deputy Executive Director, highlighted the potential for improving efficiency in the Russian Federation's coal-fired power plants.

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Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean Focuses on Water and Energy [viewed]

5 May 2011: The Joint Conference Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) and the UN Trade and Productive Capacity Cluster was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and PAM on 4-5 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss, among other things, water and energy.

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Secretary-General Ban on Bulgarian Visit: “Our Test is to Green our Economies" [viewed]

5 May 2011: Delivering a speech at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the world's youth to join forces with the UN to eliminate extreme poverty, protect the environment through the sustainable use of natural resources and help eliminate the threat of nuclear catastrophe.

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