Europe

Event: UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework [viewed]

This conference will promote and support the availability and application of science and technology to disaster risk reduction (DRR)-related decision making. It will bring together the science and technology community, policymakers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions to discuss how the science and technology community can support implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030. The expected conference outcomes are to: launch the UN Office for DRR's (UNISDR) Science and Technology Partnership for implementing the Framework; discuss and endorse the UNISDR Science and Technology Roadmap to 2030; and identify expected outcomes of science and technology work under the Framework's priorities for action and ways to monitor progress and review emerging needs. The conference will include a high-level panel during which the Science and Technology Roadmap will be introduced, agreed and endorsed. It will also include workstreams on: the Scientific and Technical Partnership to support the Framework's implementation; understanding disaster risk, risk assessment and early warning; leveraging science through capacity development and research; and use of science, technology and innovation tools, methods and standards to support implementation and reporting. Each work stream will include various subgroup meeting on related themes.

This conference is being organized by UNISDR in coordination with its Scientific and Technology Advisory Group (STAG), and in cooperation with, inter alia, the International Council for Science (ICSU), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  

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Guest Article #137: Mobilising 100 Financial Institutions for Energy Efficiency [viewed]

This month's COP 21 in Paris concluded with a universal agreement to keep the global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to aim to further reduce it to below 1.5 degrees. To achieve this, the world needs to shift to carbon neutral economies within this century – with a downward carbon trend required well before 2050.

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Arctic Council Programme Assesses Climate Impacts of Black Carbon and Ozone [viewed]

amap30 November 2015: The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), one of the six Working Groups of the Arctic Council, has released its assessment report on black carbon and ozone as Arctic climate forcers, which complements an earlier report on methane as Arctic climate forcer as part of AMAP's assessment on short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs).

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December 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

December 2015 Climate Finance Update21 December 2015: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among others, reported on new financing pledges and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and UN initiatives launched studies, reports and briefs on, inter alia, climate risks and resilience, and adaptation finance. A large number of climate finance-related side events were held during the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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WTO Reports Progress on Environmental Goods Agreement [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)14 December 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) has achieved "considerable progress and a high degree of convergence" toward an environmental goods agreements (EGA) to lower trade barriers on environmental goods, according to the chair of the negotiations, Andrew Robb of Australia. The EGA would contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Robb notes.

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22 Countries Join 'Because the Ocean' to Support Action on Climate Change and Oceans [viewed]

becausetheocean10 December 2015: At the Paris Climate Change Conference, 22 countries supported the 'Because the Ocean' Declaration and agreed to work towards three objectives to advance action on climate change, oceans and sustainable development.

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EEA Reviews Environmental Performance of EU Transport [viewed]

EEA14 December 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report, titled 'Evaluating 15 Years of Transport and Environmental Policy Integration,' which analyzes the evolution of freight and passenger transport and related impacts on the environment in the EU since 2000. The report concludes that greater efforts, including technological innovation and policies targeting behavioral change, are needed to decarbonize the tranport sector and achieve EU emissions reduction targets.

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UNIDO, GEF Provide Mitigation Training to CIS Experts [viewed]

GEF UNIDO7 December 2015: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a workshop to train experts from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to develop programmes for climate-change mitigation. Approximately 40 participants from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine received training in building programmes to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to promote the uptake of clean technologies and other mitigation actions.

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Advisory Group Highlights Sustainable Transport for Addressing Climate Change, SDGs [viewed]

United Nations7 December 2015: The UN Secretary-General's High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, including leaders from the public and private sectors and representing all modes of transport, met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, government representatives and other stakeholders on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, aiming to advance implementation of climate-related solutions. The 16 members of the Group asserted that, through innovation in operations, policy and technology, the transport sector can lower emissions while ensuring access to markets, services and social interaction for people.

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EEA Reports on Europe's 2014 Flows of Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases [viewed]

EEA9 December 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) issued a report, on 9 December 2015, detailing the production, use, import, export and destruction of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) in 2014. The EEA points out that data on all of these gases are important not only for tracking EU progress in meeting its obligations under the UNFCCC, but also for the preparations for negotiations in 2016 for an HFC Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

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