Europe

UNESCO's “Climate Frontlines” Forum Discusses the Impact of Frozen Pastures on Herding Communities [viewed]

26 April 2010: The latest issue of “Climate Frontlines,” a global forum on the internet for indigenous peoples, small islands and vulnerable communities sponsored by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), features an article on the growing role of climate change in accelerating desertification and accentuating winter conditions for herding communities.

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UNECE Transport Project Meetings Adopt Innsbruck Initiative [viewed]

27 April 2010: National coordinators for the Trans-European Motorway (TEM) and Trans-European Railway (TER) projects from 13 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus adopted the “Innsbruck Initiative for safe, secure, prosperous and environmentally friendly transport” on 23 April 2010.

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Mediterranean Dialogue Addresses Environment and Renewable Energy [viewed]

26 April 2010: The First Ministerial Conference on the Environment and Renewable Energy within the framework of the 5+5 Mediterranean Dialogue convened on 26 April 2010, in Oran, Algeria, with representatives from Northern Mediterranean countries (Spain, France, Italy and Portugal) and five Southern Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia).

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EU-US Development Dialogue Re-launched [viewed]

25 April 2010: The EU-US Development Dialogue, providing a framework for cooperation in tackling poverty worldwide, was re-launched on 25 April 2010, in Washington DC, US, after a decade of inactivity. Three roadmaps were agreed for joint action on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), food security, and climate change.

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Brazil Convenes IBSA and BRIC Meetings [viewed]

15 April 2010: Government representatives from Brazil met with their counterparts from India and South Africa (IBSA), and with Russia, India and China (BRIC), in Brasilia, Brazil, on 15 April 2010, to discuss climate change among other issues.

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UNECE Pollutant Release Protocol Close to Operationalization [viewed]

23 April 2010: The first meeting of the governing body of the 2003 Kiev Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) culminated in the adoption of a declaration and a set of decisions to operationalize the Protocol. 

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Event: 15th Session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

This event has been rescheduled. This expert group was created within the framework of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy.  

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Proposed EU MDGs Action Plan Includes Climate Financing [viewed]

21 April 2010: The European Commission put forward an action plan for the EU to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The action plan also sets out a possible EU position ahead of the UN Summit on the MDGs, scheduled to take place in September 2010, in New York, US.

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GEF SGP Supports Greening Armenia's Housing Sector [viewed]

20 April 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) is piloting a residential project to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency practices in apartment buildings in Armenia.

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UNDP Releases Human Development Report for Russia [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, has released the National Human Development Report in the Russian Federation on the energy sector and sustainable development. The report describes the correlation between climate change, the energy sector and human development.

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