Europe

State of Europe's Forests Report Indicates Significant Progress [viewed]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)21 October 2015: Launched on the occasion of the seventh FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference, held from 20-21 October 2015 in Madrid, Spain, the 'State of Europe's Forests 2015' report shows expansion of Europe's forest area and progress on sustainable forest management.

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Governments Air Priorities for 2030 Agenda, Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga7020 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its discussion of sustainable development (agenda item 20) and several sub-items, including on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and small island developing States (SIDS). UN Assistant Secretary-General, Lenni Montiel, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), who introduced several reports of the UN Secretary-General, said sustainable development is not confined to one item on the Committee's agenda; instead, the Committee should consider all issues before it through the lens of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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OECD Urges Enhanced Mitigation Action [viewed]

OECD_NEW20 October 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an analysis of climate change mitigation policies in 44 countries, which finds that governments in these countries must significantly enhance their climate change policies in order to realize their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and achieve the goal of limiting the temperature rise to 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

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European Cities Unite on Climate and Energy [viewed]

convenant_mayors15 October 2015: The Covenant of Mayors, a movement of European cities committed to energy efficiency and renewable energy, and its initiative 'Mayors Adapt,' composed of cities committed to preparing for the impacts of climate change, have joined forces in the fight against climate change. A ceremony launching the 'New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy' took place at the European Parliament in the lead up to the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in November-December 2015.

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UNCTAD Reviews Maritime Shipping Trends, Needs for 2030 Agenda [viewed]

UNCTAD14 October 2015: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published its 2015 'Review of Maritime Transport,' showing a slow recovery from the global financial crisis and a small increase in developing countries' share of global container traffic. The report reviews legal and regulatory developments in maritime transport, and underscores the role of maritime transport in the implementation of a "workable international sustainable development agenda."

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SIDS DOCK Treaty Enters into Force [viewed]

sidsdock30 September 2015: A treaty establishing the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative – SIDS DOCK - entered into force on 30 September 2015, with a ceremony at UN Headquarters featuring the official handover of instruments of ratification by the first 11 contracting Parties: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles and Tuvalu. By the treaty, SIDS DOCK is established as an intergovernmental organization - the first global intergovernmental organization of island nations, according to a press release.

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European Countries Adopt DRR Roadmap [viewed]

UNISDR - EC - French Flag9 October 2015: European countries have issued a plan for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which aims to reduce the number of deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards by 2030, and increase the number of countries with national and local DRR strategies by 2020. The 6th Annual Meeting of the European Forum for DRR (EFDRR) aimed to facilitate discussions, exchanges and synergies towards DRR activities in Europe, as well as to provide inputs from the European Forum DRR Focal Points to the implementation of the Sendai Framework.

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UNCCD COP 12 Opens, Reiterates Links between Land, Climate and SDGs [viewed]

unccd_cop1212 October 2015: In their opening statements at the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), many delegates welcomed the recognition of the importance of land restoration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a specific target on land degradation neutrality (LDN).

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NATO: Climate Change Poses Significant Threat Multipliers [viewed]

NATO12 October 2015: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has stated that climate change poses “significant threat multipliers that will shape the security environment in areas of concern to the Alliance.” The statement is included in a resolution adopted by NATO's Parliamentary Assembly, which is urging the 28 NATO members to support a legally binding agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference in November-December.The resolution was adopted on 12 October 2015, during the Parliamentary Assembly's annual meeting in Stavanger, Norway, where lawmakers called on NATO to improve strategic awareness of the security threats posed by climate change.

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Second Committee Debates Priorities for 70th Session [viewed]

unga709 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its General Debate for the 70th Session, focusing on the Committee's contribution to the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). There was also general consensus that the Committee should reinforce the need for a strong and meaningful outcome at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), taking place in Paris, France, in December 2015.

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