Europe

Event: Workshop on Experiences of Promoting the Application of the Principles of the Aarhus Convention in International Forums [viewed]

This workshop is organized in the framework of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). Among other things, participants will discuss promoting the principles of the Aarhus Convention in the lead up to, during and after the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.  

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Event: UNECE Timber Committee Market Discussions and Policy Forum [viewed]

The Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will gather governments, industry, research, non-governmental organizations and the media to review the latest international developments affecting the forest sector. Under the theme "Innovative Wood Products are the Future," discussion will address: wood energy, carbon markets and certified forest products markets, and the role of wood products in mitigating climate change.  

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EIB and Others Promote Creation of Mediterranean Carbon Fund [viewed]

17 June 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) together with CDC Climat, the French Development Agency (AFD), PROPARCO, the Cassa depositi e prestiti (CDP) and KfW Bankengruppe, the German promotional bank, have joined forces to study and promote the creation of a Mediterranean Carbon Fund (MCF).

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EU-US Conclude Memorandum on Civil Aviation Research and Development [viewed]

18 June 2010: The European Commission and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have concluded negotiations for the establishment of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in civil aviation research and development.

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ECLAC and AFD Sign Cooperation Agreement [viewed]

18 June 2010:  The Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, signed an agreement with the Executive Director for Operations of the French Development Agency (AFD), Jacques Moineville, for inter-institutional collaboration in areas such as climate change, sustainable cities, innovative instruments for financing for development tied to fiscal decentralization, and triangular cooperation.

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UN-Backed Workshop Addresses Wood Energy in the CIS and Turkey [viewed]

17 June 2010: At a workshop on policy options for wood energy in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), national forest and energy experts discussed ways to accelerate the production and use of cost-effective wood energy in the region.

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Workshop on Transport in Europe Discusses Sustainable Urban Transport Policies [viewed]

17 June 2010: The Workshop on Sustainable and Healthy Urban Transport Policies in South-East Europe, titled “Working together to make things happen,” convened from 7-8 June 2010, in Skopje, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, within the framework of the PEP – the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme.

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Meeting of LDCs and AOSIS Climate Negotiators to be Convened [viewed]

15 June 2010: The EU has provided US$1.1 million to the Solomon Islands Government to host an international meeting of 200 climate change negotiators from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to discuss key climate change issues ahead of the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010.

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EU Position Agreed Ahead of MDGs High-Level Event [viewed]

14 June 2010: The Foreign Affairs Council of the EU, which met in Luxembourg on 14 June 2010, has agreed on the EU position on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the UN General Assembly High-Level Plenary Meeting scheduled to take place in New York, US, in September 2010. The position includes references to climate change and climate finance.

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EIB, European Commission to Explore Joint Climate Finance [viewed]

14 June 2010: European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and European Investment Bank (EIB) President Philippe Maystadt have agreed to explore a joint climate finance initiative for developing countries, combining European Commission and member States' grants with financing from the EIB and other European financial institutions to meet adaptation and mitigation challenges.

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