Europe

Fourth Petersberg Climate Dialogue Prepares for COP 19 [viewed]

petersberg47 May 2013: The Fourth Petersberg Climate Dialogue on 'Shaping the Future' convened in Berlin, Germany, from 5-7 May 2013, to discuss how to enhance climate action domestically and make progress in the UN climate negotiations in advance of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19), scheduled to take place in Warsaw, Poland, in November 2013.

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UNFCCC COP 19 President Designated [viewed]

UNFCCC6 May 2013: The Eastern European Group has designated Marcin Korolec, Minister of Environment, Poland, as the President-Designate for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 9), which will be held from 11-22 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland.  

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Event: FT/IFC Investing in Climate Business Forum [viewed]

Organized by the Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), this event focuses on the role of the private sector in addressing climate change through opportunities in green energy, clean technology and water in the emerging Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  

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UNDP Reports on Environment and Sustainable Development Work in 2008-2012 [viewed]

UNDPApril 2013: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Environment and Energy Group (EEG) has released a report, titled ‘Towards Transformational Change: UNDP's Work in Environment and Sustainable Development 2008-2012.' The publication features a collection of stories from around the world in four strategic areas: mainstreaming environment and energy; mobilizing environmental finance; promoting adaptation to climate change; and expanding access to environmental and energy services for the poor.

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Event: Caring for Climate Business Forum: Innovation. Ambition. Collaboration [viewed]

The inaugural Caring for Climate Business Forum – Innovation, Ambition, Collaboration – will meet from 19-20 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland, on the sidelines of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). For the first time, the Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNFCCC Secretariat are organizing this invitation-only event, which will showcase the contributions that business and investors can make towards climate action, while providing a high-level platform for exchange and collaboration with policymakers. More specifically, the Forum aims to: bring greater scale to business innovation on climate change; further encourage business and governments to raise ambition on climate policies; and encourage collaboration among business, the UN, governments and other stakeholders. New activities, resources, commitments and public-private partnerships are expected to be announced during the Forum. In addition to plenary sessions and thematic action workshops, a high-level meeting on 20 November will convene to: discuss a compendium of climate practices, innovations, collaborations and commitments to action across key climate change themes; and put forward recommendations for government actions that would help bring greater scale and quality to corporate climate leadership globally. It is expected the Forum will become an annual event.  

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CIF Increases Support to Solar Energy, Establishes Index of the Business Environment for Energy [viewed]

cif_logo6 May 2013: During their 2013 annual meeting, the Trust Fund Committees and Sub-Committees of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved five revised Investment Plans for the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), and established a global index of the business environment for energy aiming to improve opportunities for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access under the Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP).

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on LULUCF [viewed]

UNFCCC6 May 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a miscellaneous document containing the views of eight parties and one NGO on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) issues referred to in Decision 2/CMP.7, paragraphs 5-7 (FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.8). 

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EEA Highlights Carbon Dioxide Emission Reductions from New Cars in 2012 [viewed]

EEA30 April 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report, titled 'Monitoring CO2 Emissions from New Passenger Cars in the EU: Summary of Data for 2012,' which highlights a 2.6% decrease in average carbon dioxide emissions from the EU car fleet in 2012.

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Commonwealth Leaders of Micro-States Discuss Challenges in Delivering Sustainable Development [viewed]

CommonWealth Secretariat26 April 2013: The Commonwealth Secretariat hosted representatives of very small States in a meeting on the specific challenges that micro-States face in delivering sustainable development. Discussions focused on governance, policy and public administration in micro-States.

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EEA Calls for Increased Implementation of Adaptation Measures in Europe [viewed]

EEA29 April 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has issued a report, titled “Adaptation in Europe: Addressing Risks and Opportunities From Climate Change in the Context of Socio-Economic Development.” The report aims to provide policy makers at all levels of government with the information required to undertake adaptation planning and implementation.

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