Europe

Event: Japan-Iceland Geothermal Forum 2010 [viewed]

This Forum will focus on the cooperation possibilities between Japan and Iceland, including development and financing. Participants will discuss: the challenges of geothermal use, the possibilities for further development, the role of governments in developing geothermal energy, the combined strengths of the Japanese and Icelandic models, the joint development and financing of geothermal power plants in developing countries, how geothermal projects can be financed and risks can be mitigated, the main obstacles in the development and construction of geothermal power plants in developing countries, and the role of development banks and financial institutions.  

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UNGA Discusses IAEA Annual Report [viewed]

8 November 2010: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) met on 8 November 2010 in New York, US, to take up the 54th report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) (document GC(54)/4), which summarizes developments over the past year in the major areas related to safeguards, safety, and science and technology.

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EU Highlights Environmental Issues Before G20 Leaders Summit [viewed]

5 November 2010: In a joint letter to the G20 Leaders, Herman Van Rompuy, European Council President, and Manuel Barroso, European Commission President, presented the views of the EU on key issues on the agenda of the upcoming G20 Leaders Summit, including full support for G20 work on development as an important contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and addressing environmental issues.

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EU Funds Drought Response in Bolivia [viewed]

4 November 2010: The European Commission has allocated €1.5 million to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by droughts in the Bolivian region of Chaco, as well as measures reducing vulnerability in future droughts and enhancing the resilience of communities.

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EU, Mexico Discuss Preparations for Cancun [viewed]

28 October 2010: The tenth meeting of the Joint Committee between the EU and Mexico – a mechanism established under the Mexico-EU Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement – was held in Mexico City, Mexico, on 27-28 October 2010, addressing, among other issues, preparations for the Cancun Climate Change Conference.

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European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Decarbonizing the European Economy [viewed]

27 October 2010: The European Commission has launched a public consultation aimed at gathering views from stakeholders and the public on decarbonizing the European economy by 2050.

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Event: Latin America and the Caribbean-European Union Forum: Fiscal Policy and an Environmentally Sustainable Economy in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

This event is convened by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribean (ECLAC).  

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Event: Sixth FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference [viewed]

The Sixth FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference is organized in the framework of the pan-European policy process for the sustainable management of the continent's forests.  

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European Commission Issues Guidelines on Wind Energy in Protected Areas [viewed]

29 October 2010: The European Commission has issued guidelines for wind energy development in protected areas, recognizing the potential negative impacts of poorly sited or designed wind farms on vulnerable species and habitats.

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UNECE Holds Seminar on Policy Reforms for Clean Energy [viewed]

29 October 2010: As reported in the Weekly newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for the period 25-29 October 2010, UNECE held the second seminar on policy reforms to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy investments on 20-22 October 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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