Europe

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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ECLAC Releases Report on EU/LAC Cooperation [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published a report on cooperation between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries, which highlights recent support by the EU to clean energy in the Americas.

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IEA Executive Director Highlights Economic Benefits of Low-Carbon Policies [viewed]

3 May 2011: Nobuo Tanaka, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director, addressed European Energy Ministers at an informal meeting held in Gödöllő, Hungary, on 2-3 May 2011, focusing on the European Climate Foundation's Roadmap 2050, which analyzes pathways to a low-carbon European economy.

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UNIDO, Austrian Energy Agency to Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [viewed]

2 May 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has entered into a partnership with the Austrian Energy Agency (AEA) to help promote and support the efficient use of energy, especially of renewable energy and innovative technologies with a special focus on climate change mitigation.

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European 2020 Biodiversity Strategy to Contribute to Green Growth [viewed]

3 May 2011: The European Commission has published a strategy for the EU to protect and improve the state of Europe's biodiversity and contribute to the 2020 global biodiversity targets with a view to contributing to the green economy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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OECD Paper Evaluates Cost Effectiveness of French Environmental Policy [viewed]

22 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Economic Department has released a new working paper, by Balázs Égert, titled “France's Environmental Policies: Internalising Global and Local Externalities.”

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UNDP/GEF Publish Review of Legal and Institutional Frameworks for Transboundary Waters [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published a global review of legal and institutional frameworks for 28 transboundary surface water, groundwater and marine water systems covering the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The report also considers climate change adaptation knowledge in the various water basins analyzed.

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Green Climate Fund's Transitional Committee Elects Three Co-Chairs [viewed]

29 April 2011: Speaking at the conclusion of the first meeting of the Green Climate Fund's Transitional Committee in Mexico City, Mexico, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observed that a well-designed Green Climate Fund will help to ensure a low-carbon future that is sustainable and profitable.

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