Europe

Event: Second Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

The Second Clean Energy Ministerial is an initiative of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which was established in early 2009 to facilitate a positive outcome of climate change negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Ministers of the MEF will discuss initiatives that were developed as a result of the first Clean Energy Ministerial, which met in July 2010 in Washington, DC, US. These initiatives sought to eliminate the need to build more than 500 mid-sized power plants, begin smart grid deployment, deploy 20 million electric vehicles by 2020 and bring solar lanterns or other improved energy services to more than 10 million people without access to grid electricity by 2015. Governments participating in Clean Energy Ministerial initiatives include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Norway, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the United States.  

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IEA Publishes Norway's Energy Policy Review [viewed]

15 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the latest in its series of policy reviews, titled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Norway 2011 Review.” The report breaks down its investigation into sections on general energy policies, sectoral policies and energy technologies.

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Ocean Monitoring System Expanded into the Arctic [viewed]

10 March 2011: Through the joint efforts of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World-Wide Navigational Warning System has been expanded to the Arctic regions.

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UNFCCC Publishes Adaptation Committee Submissions [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published 34 submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.1) from parties on views on the composition of, and modalities and procedures for, the Adaptation Committee, including linkages with other relevant institutional arrangements.

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Event: UNECE/FAO Seminar on the State of Forests in the UNECE Region [viewed]

This seminar will be held on World Forest Day as part of Regional Forest Information Week. Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the seminar is titled "How successful is Sustainable Forest Management in the UNECE Region? State of forests and forest management in the UNECE region in the context of current needs and challenges." Sessions will consider: picture of the present and the past: overview of 20 years of sustainable forest management (SFM), including forest biodiversity; wood resources - status, trends and challenges; and criteria and indicators: how useful are they for SFM assessment?  

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UNFCCC Publishes Annex I Parties' Emission Reduction Targets [viewed]

10 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a compilation (FCCC/SB/2011/INF.1) of economy-wide emission reduction targets to be implemented by Parties in Annex I to the Convention.

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UNECE Holds Workshop on Participation in International Forums [viewed]

7 March 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has reported on a two-day workshop, which convened from 23-24 February 2011, on public participation in international forums (PPIF), including at the latest session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and in the Rio 2012 process.

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Event: Fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention [viewed]

This meeting is the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). It will seek to provide an opportunity to discuss public participation in international forums, the procedure for accession to the Convention by States from outside the UNECE region, and the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development. The latter is the theme of the high-level segment on 1 July 2011. The meeting is expected to adopt the draft Chisinau Declaration on the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development, as a contribution to the UNCSD process.  

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IEA Publishes Review of Poland's Energy Policy [viewed]

2 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the latest in its series of policy reviews, “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Poland 2011 Review,” which breaks down its investigation into sections on general energy policies, sectoral policies and energy technologies.

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European Commission Unveils Roadmap for Competitive Low-carbon Europe [viewed]

8 March 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a roadmap for building a competitive low-carbon Europe by 2050, describing the cost-effective pathway to reach the EU's objective of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80-95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

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