Europe

Event: Stakeholder Meeting to Develop an Action Plan on Forests and the Green Economy [viewed]

The Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is organizing a meeting with stakeholders across the UNECE region (Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America) to discuss the development of an action plan on forests and the green economy. Discussion will focus on: Sustainable Wood Consumption and Production; Low-carbon Forest Sector; Valuation of and Payments for Ecosystem Services; Monitoring and Governance; and Green Jobs. The action plan, once finalized, will be reviewed by the UNECE Timber Committee and FAO European Forestry Commission at their joint session, scheduled from 10-14 October 2011 in Antalya, Turkey. It will then be presented as a regional sectoral example at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in June 2012.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Stresses the Role of EU Leadership in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

19 April 2011: Addressing the High-level Inter-parliamentary Debate on Climate Change at the European Parliament, in Brussels, Belgium, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observed that, in spite of all its encouraging outcomes, Cancun did not solve key political questions.

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Hungary Donates Funds for Fast-Start Climate Finance [viewed]

15 April 2011: Hungary has announced it will donate one million Euro to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) operating under the UNFCCC and managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), thus becoming one of the first donors in Central Europe to invest in climate adaptation for least developed countries (LDCs), which are most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Further Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published additional documents in preparation for the 34th session the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-16 June 2011, in conjunction with the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as well as sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Groups.

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UNFCCC Publishes the Russian Federation's 2010 GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

18  April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/RUS ) of the individual review of the annual submission of the Russian Federation.

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UNECE Publishes Action Plan for Energy Efficient Housing [viewed]

18 April 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published an Action Plan for Energy Efficient Housing in the UNECE region, which aims to facilitate the establishment of the necessary institutional conditions to improve housing energy efficiency through institutional, technological and cultural change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Austria's 2010 GHG Report [viewed]

15 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/AUT) of the individual review of the annual submission of Austria.

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UNFCCC Publishes SB Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

15 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a number of documents in preparation for the 34th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-16 June 2011.

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Alpine Convention Secretariat Publishes Study on Environmental Law [viewed]

April 2011: The Secretariat of the Alpine Convention has published a legal study titled “Environmental Protection and Mountains: Is environmental law adapted to the challenges faced by mountain areas? Lessons from European ranges.”

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EU Launches Consultation on Implementation Rules for ETS [viewed]

15 April 2011: The Directorate-General for Climate Action of the European Commission has launched a public consultation on two forthcoming regulations related to the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) concerning monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gases (GHGs), accreditation of verifiers and verification of annual emission reports.

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