Europe

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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UNECE Organizes Energy and Climate Meetings [viewed]

11 June 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has hosted a series of energy and climate meetings at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The first meeting of the Group of Experts of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 (GEE21) Project convened on 10 June 2010. It was preceded by the 15th Session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation, on 9 June 2010, and followed by the 21th Session of the Steering Committee of the GEE21 Project, on 11 June.

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EU Environment Ministers Postpone Decision on 30% Emission Reduction [viewed]

11 June 2010: The Environment Council of the EU met on 11 June 2010, in Luxembourg to discuss the Communication released by the European Commission on the impact of increasing the present emission reduction commitment from 20% to 30% by 2020, with respect to 1990 levels.

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African Union and European Commissions Dialogue on Climate Policy [viewed]

8 June 2010: The fourth College-to-College Meeting between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Commission (EC) was held on 8 June 2010, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the implementation of the Africa/EU Joint Strategy and its Plan of Action and address common challenges facing the two Commissions. The meeting adopted a Joint Declaration, containing a section on dialogue on climate policy.

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UN-EU Partnership 2009 Results Published [viewed]

June 2010: The UN team in Brussels has released the fifth annual report on the achievements of its partnership with the EU in 2009, titled "Improving Lives."

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EU Scientific Board on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Holds First Meeting [viewed]

10 June 2010: The first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board for the EU Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change convened in Paris, France, on 10 June 2010, to prepare a European-level work programme to coordinate nationally-funded research aimed at securing a safe and sustainable food supply.

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European Commission Encourages Certification of Biofuels [viewed]

10 June 2010: To prepare for implementation of the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has released three documents on biofuels: a communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme; a communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels; and a decision on guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

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EIB Finances World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm [viewed]

10 June 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a GBP 250 million loan to DONG Energy, for the construction of the London Array, expected to be the world's largest offshore wind farm.

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