Europe

EC and UNEP Outline Priorities for Climate Cooperation [viewed]

23 February 2011:  The European Commission and the UN Environment programme (UNEP) have issued a joint statement signaling the renewal of their political will to consolidate, develop and increase their cooperation and effectiveness to achieve their common goals and objectives in the field of environment.

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European Commission Outlines Actions to Enhance Carbon Market Registry Security [viewed]

23 February 2011: The European Commission has outlined a series of actions to strengthen the integrity of the European carbon market following cyber-thefts from several EU Emissions Trading System (EUETS) registries in January 2011.

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Event: 73rd Session of UNECE Inland Transport Committee [viewed]

The session will gather high-level officials from the 56 UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) member States, the European Commission, international and European transport organizations and non-governmental organizations. One of the issues to be discussed at the meeting is climate change and transport, including the development of environmentally friendly and sustainable transport systems and the establishment of a new group of experts on the impacts of climate change on international transport networks.  

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UNEP 2011 Year Book Highlights Increased Emissions in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

17 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the 2011 edition of its Year Book, which includes key environmental indicators, including on carbon dioxide emissions.

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Event: Fourth Meeting of UNECE Task Force on Water and Climate [viewed]

This is the fourth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate of the UN Economic Commission for Eurpe (UNECE), which is responsible for activities related to adaptation to climate change, including flood and drought management, working in close cooperation with the Task Force on Extreme Weather Events established under the Protocol on Water and Health.  

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Event: Second UNECE Workshop on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

The workshop will be organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) under the Water Convention. It will bring together countries and other stakeholders to: exchange practical experience and share lessons-learned on the technical and strategic aspects of adapting to climate change; analyze the specific challenges of adapting water management to climate change in the transboundary context, identify best practices, success factors and lessons learnt; considering the different steps of developing an adaptation strategy: from the assessment of impacts and vulnerability to the selection of measures; exchange experience between the pilot projects on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) as well as other similar initiatives; support governments, organizations and joint bodies engaged in the process of preparing national or regional adaptation strategies; and promote and discuss the implementation of the UNECE Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change.  

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Event: Sixth Meeting of UNECE Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management [viewed]

The Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) aims to prevent, control and reduce transboundary impacts of water pollution; promote the ecosystem approach in the framework of integrated water resources management; ensure conservation and restoration of water-related ecosystems; promote payments for ecosystem services; and further adaptation to climate change in the transboundary context, including floods and droughts management. The main objective of the sixth meeting is to review the implementation of the workplan (ECE/MP.WAT/29/Add. 1).  

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EU Launches Consultation on the External Dimension of its Energy Policy [viewed]

16 February 2011: The European Commission launched an online stakeholder consultation, open until 7 March 2011, focusing on: European energy strategies; sustainable energy; renewable energy; energy efficiency; energy technology and innovation; oil, coal, gas and electricity; nuclear energy; security of supply; external dimension; and energy infrastructure.

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European Commission Launches Coastal Planning Exchange Project [viewed]

16 February 2011: The European Commission has launched a new three-year project, called OURCOAST, to support and ensure the exchange of experiences and best practices in coastal planning and management, focusing on climate change adaptation, land management and sustainable economic growth.

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US, Ukraine Discuss Climate and Energy Cooperation [viewed]

15 February 2011: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko convened the third session of the US-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission on 15 February 2011, in Washington, DC, US.

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