Europe

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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Event: First High-Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) [viewed]

This high-level portion of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) meeting will bring together Commissioners of the European and African Unions, ministers responsible for energy issues, and others, to reinforce and promote energy cooperation and interconnectedness of Africa and Europe. A roadmap is expected to be endorsed at the meeting, which will outline implementation of future AEEP action and concrete political goals.  

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EEA Releases Fifth Message for 2010 [viewed]

9 April 2010: To celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has released the fifth of its 10 messages for 2010, which focuses on forest ecosystems.

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European Conference on the Protection of Forests Develops Valsaín Declaration [viewed]

7 April 2010: The Spanish presidency of the EU hosted a Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe from 6-7 April 2010, in Valsaín (Segovia), Spain, to discuss the European Commission's “Green Paper on Forest Protection and Information” released in March 2010.

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Wadden Sea Management Plan Adopted [viewed]

7 April 2010: The 11th Trilateral Governmental Conference, hosted by Germany at Westerland on the Wadden Sea island of Sylt, next to the Danish border, took place from on 17-18 March 2010. The participating governments adopted a management plan for the entire Wadden Sea region to support action against a number of invasive alien species and in response to major challenges resulting from the effects of climate change in the coastal area, including sea level rise and shore line protection.

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European Commission Adopts Proposal on Global Health [viewed]

31 March 2010: Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, is holding bilateral talks on climate change with developed and developing countries, to follow up on the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Hedegaard visited the US and Mexico in early March 2010, met with the Chinese delegation in late March in Brussels, Belgium, and will visit Maldives and India in early April.

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ACP Countries and EU Discuss Improved Partnership on Climate Change [viewed]

29 March 2010: The 20th session of  the Joint Parliamentary Assembly between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the EU is being held in Tenerife, Spain, from 29 March-1 April 2010, to further discuss climate change cooperation, among other things.

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UNECE Approves Air Quality Monitoring Guidelines [viewed]

30 March 2010: The “Weekly” newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), for the period 29 March-2 April 2010, reports on the meeting of the Extended Bureau of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy, which approved guidelines on air quality monitoring and furthered preparations for the seventh Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe.”

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UNECE Assesses Progress on Education Strategy [viewed]

30 March 2010: The “Weekly” newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), for the period 29 March-2 April 2010, reports on the implementation of the Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), adopted in 2005 by the education and environment ministers of the UNECE region as a roadmap for the reform of education systems in over 50 participating countries.

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