Europe

Monaco Submits INDC [viewed]

monaco29 July 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that Monaco is the 50th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 50% below 1990 levels by 2030. The INDC is communicated in the context of Monaco's previously announced goals of reducing emissions 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

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Montreal Protocol Inches Closer to Negotiations on HFC Phase-down [viewed]

iisdrs-oewg3624 July 2015: The 36th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 36) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP) devoted most of its time to addressing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of greenhouse gases (GHG) widely used in the refrigeration, air conditioning, foam and aerosol sector as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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UNISDR Spearheads Training for Local Governments on Sendai Framework for DRR [viewed]

UNISDRS24 July 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has begun training programmes for local governments, focusing on developing strategies based on action priorities outlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), agreed in March 2015, which emphasizes the role of local governments in achieving DRR and a reduction in the loss of lives, livelihoods and health over the next 15 years.

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UNECE Calls for Comments on Draft CCS Specifications [viewed]

UNECE8 July 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has announced that a draft document, titled 'Specifications for the Application of the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to Injection Projects for the Purpose of Geological Storage,' is open for public review. UNECE describes storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) as the "initial and main focus" of the specifications, although they potentially could be applied to other projects, such as storing natural gas.

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European Environment Ministers Discuss SDGs, Climate Finance [viewed]

European Council23 July 2015: During an informal Council of Environment Ministers, European Ministers agreed that the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be adopted at the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda are a challenge and an opportunity leading towards more sustainable, equitable and coherent policy making at the international and European level. The UN summit is to take place in September 2015, in New York, US.

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Elements of a Legally-Binding Climate Agreement [viewed]

mef19 July 2015: At its 22nd meeting, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) focused on issues related to the global climate change agreement that is expected to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The participating economies, mostly represented at the ministerial level, discussed their views on the legal form and contents of the agreement. Despite diverse positions on these aspects, the co-chairs called the meeting "productive" and "very constructive."

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France Hosts Informal Ministerial Consultations [viewed]

France-Flag21 July 2015: The French Government hosted the first of a series of informal ministerial consultations to prepare for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which will take place in November-December 2015. The consultations brought together approximately 40 delegations, including 30 ministers, who discussed: the overall balance of the draft climate change agreement; its level of ambition; and the degree of differentiation that should be retained in order to take into account the situation and levels of development of the different UN member States.

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European Environment and Space Agencies Sign MoU on Earth Observation [viewed]

eea-esa15 July 2015: Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), the two agencies have agreed to exchange scientific expertise and technical information to strengthen work on Earth observation and environmental monitoring. Coming into effect immediately, the MoU will promote joint activities and mutual access to data.

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IISD GSI Event: Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Reform Can Finance Development [viewed]

gsi-fffsr 14 July 2015: Reforming fossil-fuel subsidies can free up funds for investing in sustainable development and reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 10%, according to a high-level side event held at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Participants also underlined that current low international energy prices create a window of opportunity for fossil-fuel subsidy reform.

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Event: Third Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-3) [viewed]

PMC-3 is convening under the theme, 'Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific,' and will bring together PMC members, development partners, the Council of the Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP), collaborating organizations and institutions. PMC-3 will seek to: facilitate coordination and networking among all stakeholders; facilitate discussions on issues related to advancing meteorological and hydrological services in the Pacific; and provide an opportunity to share experiences/initiatives and review progress of the Pacific Island Meteorological Strategy (PIMS) 2012-2021. Expected outcomes include strengthened integration and coordination with development partners, and guidance on further implementation of the PIMS 2012-2021 and other relevant meteorological programmes and strategies. PMC-3, which the Government of Tonga is hosting, will be held back-to-back with the first Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM), which will bring together Cabinet Ministers responsible for meteorology and senior officials in the Pacific Islands and Territories to discuss, promote and explore avenues for resources for weather and climate services in order to contribute more effectively to the sustainable development needs of the Pacific Island Countries. Both meetings are the result of partnerships between the Government of Tonga, the Government of Finland through its partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) under the Finnish-Pacific (FINPAC) Project, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  

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