Europe

Event: ICAO Environmental ​Seminars in the European and North Atlantic Region [viewed]

As part of a series of two environmental seminars held back-to-back in each region of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Aviation and Environment Seminar will be held from 18-19 March 2015, and the States' Action Plans Seminar will be held from 19-20 March 2015, in Warsaw, Poland, for the European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Region. The seminars are supporting ICAO Member States in their efforts to institute climate-friendly aviation. The first seminar, intended for civil aviation, environment, energy, industry, civil society, academia, and National Action Plan (NAP) representatives, as well as the general public, will cover: aviation and environmental outlook, aircraft noise, local air quality, global emissions, sustainable alternative fuels, market-based measures, technology, operations, green airports, States' action plans, assistance to States and financing​. The second seminar is for NAP Focal Points to learn about ICAO Guidance on State Action Plans; the Action Plan Emissions Reduction (APER) website, supporting documents and ICAO tools; assistance for the implementation of the Action Plan; and States' best practices.  

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Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015 [viewed]

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015 will convene from 21-24 January, in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, under the theme 'The New Global Context'. The 2015 meeting will focus on the political, economic, social and technological transformations that are resulting in a new context for decision making globally. The meeting will convene global leaders from business, government, international organizations, academia and civil society.  

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Event: Workshop on Building Resilient Communities through Urban Planning and the Integration of Natural Sciences [viewed]

This workshop, jointly organized by the Committee on Housing and Land Management of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Programme on Assessment and Management of Geological and Climate Related Risk (CERG-C) of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, will focus on the integration of hazards, risks analysis and natural sciences into policy making for cities and human settlements of the most vulnerable countries of the UNECE region.  

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UK Recommends Full Support for 17 SDGs, Noting “Historic and Powerful” International Consensus [viewed]

UK Parliament15 December 2014: The UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) published a report of its review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), outlining recommended actions and urging full support for the 17 SDGs proposed in the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) in view of the “historic and powerful” international consensus around the goals.

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OECD Examines Climate Finance Tracking [viewed]

OECD_NEW4 December 2014: The Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) hosted a side event during the Lima Climate Change Conference on 'Tracking Public and Private Climate Finance: Towards Improved Data and Increased Transparency.' The event considered the implications of recent achievements in data and tracking for the UNFCCC and how these methodological developments might contribute to a 2015 climate agreement.

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Event: Adaptation Futures 2016: Practices and Solutions [viewed]

This conference is expected to lead to major progress in climate change adaptation, and fosters an exchange of innovative and practical ideas, experiences and insights among governments, businesses, researchers and civil society from around the world. The conference will examine and discuss the latest adaptation research, as well as have an Adaptation Practice Expo and Business Fair, which will include stands, matchmaking facilities and signing ceremonies, and showcase cutting edge adaptation projects. The conference programme will address all sectors and geographic regions, with a special focus on urban and coastal areas.
 
Adaptation Futures 2016 is also expected to: strengthen ties between science and practice
; engage communities of practice and build new partnerships;
 and link adaptation action to current development, investment and planning decisions.
 
The programme will include plenary and parallel sessions, roundtables, excursions, exhibitions and side events. Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA). The European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands will co-host the fourth edition of this conference.  

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December 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

Climate Finance Update19 December 2014: During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Germany, Norway and the UK also reported on funding for projects to be undertaken in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the GEF and IDB released climate-related publications.

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EEA: Focus Energy Policies to Spur Innovation [viewed]

EEA15 December 2014: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report compiling the 582 energy support measures of member States that were in place in 2012 and their probable effects on energy innovation. The report, titled 'Energy Support Measures and Their Impact on Innovation in the Renewable Energy Sector in Europe,' finds that 41% of these measures are associated with renewable energy, while 53% are associated with fossil fuels. The findings of the report suggest support policies could be better focused to drive innovation in renewables.

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SE4ALL, Partners Ready for Energy SDG [viewed]

SE4ALLDecember 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and its “global force of partners from all regions and sectors” are poised to implement a global goal on energy under the Post-2015 development agenda, according to Kandeh Yumkella, SE4ALL CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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