Europe

Guest Article #107: Desperately Seeking a Rapid-Onset Response to a Slow-Onset Event – The Case of Ocean Acidification [viewed]

I last wrote an article for this bulletin in July 2009 (Guest article #17). On that occasion, I reflected on the immense expectations surrounding the climate negotiations in Copenhagen and the need to ‘Seal the Deal.' I can see many of you holding back a wry smile as you remember that ambitious campaign so soon forgotten.

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Status of UNFCCC Submissions Published [viewed]

UNFCCC16 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note detailing the status of reporting by Parties contained in Annex I of the Convention (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.5). All 44 Annex I Parties have submitted their sixth National Communications (NC6s).

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EBRD Annual Meeting Highlights 25 Years of Environmental Transition [viewed]

EBRD15 May 2014: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced the winners of its annual Sustainability Awards and launched its Sustainability Report 2013 at its 2014 Annual Meeting and Business Forum. A panel focusing on environmental change during economies' transition process was held in conjunction with the awards announcement and report launch.

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Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial Addresses Finance, Markets and Energy-Water Nexus [viewed]

cem513 May 2014: Energy ministers and high-level delegates from 23 countries, as well as representatives from the private sector and international organizations, gathered for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) to discuss accelerating the transition toward a global clean energy economy and to assess progress made since CEM1 in 2010. Around 250 participants attended the meeting, which convened a set of public-private roundtables and a Ministerial segment on clean energy, integration, energy efficiency and human capacity.

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EU ETS Emissions Fall, Allowance Surplus Grows in 2013 [viewed]

European Union 14 May 2014: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions capped under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) fell by an estimated 3% in 2013, to slightly under 1.9 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to the European Commission. During the same period, the cumulative surplus in emission allowances grew to over 2.1 billion tons CO2e, from 2.0 billions tons CO2e at the end of 2012.

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UNFCCC Publishes GEF Report on Technology Transfer [viewed]

GEF UNFCCC9 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a Global Environment Facility (GEF) report on progress made in implementing the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer and on consultations with the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.3), in preparation for the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40).

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Event: Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of BURs for Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on National Communications will hold the Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of Biennial Update Reports (BURs) for the Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe region from 8-10 September 2014.  

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UNECE Region Agrees on Scope, Objectives for Sustainable Housing Charter [viewed]

UNECE8 May 2014: Government Ministers and Agency Heads from 27 countries agreed on the scope and objectives for a Charter on Sustainable Housing in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, at the First Informal Meeting of the Committee on Housing and Land Management. The Charter is expected to support the long-term sustainability of the housing sector and the building of green, socially inclusive human settlements.

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Major Economies Forum Calls for Urgent Climate Action [viewed]

major-economies9 May 2014: The Mexican Government hosted the 18th meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF), welcoming 90 delegates from 23 countries to a discussion intended to support progress in climate change negotiations and encourage the adoption of clean energy that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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OWG 11 Expands List of Goals and Targets [viewed]

owg9 May 2014: Participants in the 11th session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) considered a list of 16 “focus areas” and approximately 150 potential targets, as contained in the working document for the session.

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