Europe

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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UNFCCC COP 21 Adopts Paris Agreement [viewed]

cop21_iisd12 December 2015: On 12 December 2015, in Paris, France, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC adopted the Paris Agreement (FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1), a universal, legally-binding agreement to take effect from 2020. Commenting on the new Agreement, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France, stated, "The Paris Agreement allows each delegation and group of countries to go back home with their heads held high. Our collective effort is worth more than the sum of our individual effort."

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Mountain Day Focuses on Mountain Products; Launches Reports on Food Insecurity and Adaptation [viewed]

mountain_international_day11 December 2015: International Mountain Day (IMD) took place under the theme ‘promoting mountain products,' with the aim of highlighting the potential of mountain products and services to contribute to livelihoods and sustainable employment in mountain areas. The Day highlighted opportunities for growth, such as the production of high quality, high value products like fair trade, organic cocoa, coffee, herbs, honey, spices and other niche market products, and underscored constraints in mountain development, especially with regard to food insecurity and climate change.

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Atlas Predicts Climate Impacts in Five Asian River Basins [viewed]

ICIMOD11 December 2015: Three international scientific research agencies have published an atlas describing the impacts of climate change in five Asian river basins. Commemorating International Mountains Day (IMD), the publication, titled ‘The Himalayan Climate and Water Atlas: Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in Five of Asia's Major River Basins,' was launched at a side event to the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Special Gala Honors Recipients of Momentum for Change Awards [viewed]

UNFCCC10 December 2015: The recipients of the 2015 UN Climate Solutions Award 'Momentum for Change' were honored during a special ceremony and gala event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. Sixteen initiatives were awarded prizes in the following categories: urban poor, women for results, financing for climate-friendly investment and information and communication technology (ICT) solutions.

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