Europe

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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UNECE Energy Efficiency Project to Establish Investment Fund [viewed]

9 June 2010: The 15th session of Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) met in Geneva, Switzerland, on 9 June 2010. The meeting concluded with agreement to establish a UNECE-sponsored private-public partnership investment fund for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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Event: High-Level Dialogue on Fostering Investment in Electricity Generation in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

Hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Secretariat, the e8 organization and the World Energy Council, this meeting will discuss key issues and initial direction for the project ‘Fostering investment in advanced fossil fuel technologies for climate change mitigation and sustainable development in countries with economies in transition.' Panel discussions will include key issues such as market, technological and cost developments, selected investment trends, evolving regulation and possible future trends.  

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Ramsar Headquarters Move to Sustainable Building [viewed]

4 June 2010: The Ramsar Secretariat has informed that its headquarters were moved to a new IUCN sustainable office building – IUCN's new Conservation Centre, which was inaugurated on 4 June 2010.

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UNECE Publishes Analysis for Policy Reforms to Promote Energy Efficiency [viewed]

June 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report titled "Regional Analysis for Policy Reforms to Promote Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments."

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Focuses on Activities of the Enlarged Executive Committee [viewed]

June 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) covering the Mediterranean region, released a special issue of its Newsletter focusing on the recent activities of its Enlarged Executive Committee, including participation in the first Mediterranean Forest Week and preparation of various position papers on food security in the region.

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City of Genoa Joins Climate Neutral Network [viewed]

5 June 2010. On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Italian city of Genoa has joined the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Climate Neutral Network (CN Net).

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