Europe

World Desertification Day 2015 Showcases Champions of Land Restoration [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: The global observance event for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which took place in Milan, Italy, on 17 June as part of the ongoing UN EXPO Milano, featured high-level speakers, visual and verbal testimonies from community representatives and well-known personalities, and a live music show by the Senegalese band, Titi & Baribagass. The celebrations recognized the 2015 winners of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 'Land for Life Award' and international short-writing and cartoon contests, as well as 34 new National Drylands Champions from Brazil and Portugal.

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Southern, Eastern European Countries Seek Ways to Adopt Climate-friendly Technologies [viewed]

fao-iea-ebrd17 June 2015: A workshop for post-Soviet and southern and eastern Mediterranean countries convened to discuss policies and investment conditions conducive to the development and transfer of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other low-carbon technologies. The workshop was organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.

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UN General Assembly Elects 70th President [viewed]

denmark15 June 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark as President of its 70th session. Lykketoft, currently the Speaker of the Parliament of Denmark and former Finance and Foreign Minister, chose as the theme for UNGA 70 'The UN at 70 - a new commitment to action.'

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EU Energy Ministers Discuss Implementation of Energy Union [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL8 June 2015: The Council of the EU held a meeting to discuss energy security and the implementation of the Energy Union. The Council agreed that the goal of the EU's plans for the Energy Union must be to provide consumers with affordable, safe, competitive, secure and sustainable energy.

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G7 Schloss Elmau Declaration Affirms Copenhagen Accord on US$100 Billion for Climate [viewed]

G7 Germany8 June 2015: G7 leaders issued a wide-ranging outcome document, the Schloss Elmau Declaration, at the close of their two-day meeting in Germany, in which they affirmed the 2009 Copenhagen Accord agreement to raise US$100 billion in annual climate financing from public and private sources, committed to make the Green Climate Fund fully operational in 2015, and promised action on the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs), resource efficiency, marine litter and renewable energy.

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UNGA President Addresses European Parliament on Post-2015, FfD 3 and Climate Change [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA3 June 2015: In a meeting with the European Parliament, the President of the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA), Sam Kutesa, highlighted the “historic responsibility” to ensure successful outcomes from the UN summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) and the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21).

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Event: Central American Workshop on Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

The Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agricuture (IICA), the Central American Agriculture Council (CAC), the French Institute of Central America (IFAC), France's French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and UNEP co-organized the workshop "Perspective of Central America Toward COP21". The morning session of the first day will be videocast on the web at http://www.iica.int/Esp/organizacion/LTGC/ForosTecnicos/Paginas/Foro3-2015.aspx#tabs4, while the rest will feature technical presentations by specialists, followed by panel discussions aimed at exchanging experiences and initiatives in the region aimed at adapting agriculture to climate change and mitigating the sector's greenhouse gas emissions.  

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World Environment Day 2015 Focuses on SCP [viewed]

WED 20155 June 2015: Celebrations and events took place around the globe on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED), which focused on the theme, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.' The theme encouraged consumers to rethink their lifestyles and decrease impacts on natural resources by making one change towards more responsible resource consumption and conscious consumer decision-making.

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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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UNECE Highlights Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNECE2 June 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Partnership (UNEP DTU Partnership) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency serving as the Energy Efficiency Hub of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative, has released a report, titled 'Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency,' outlining best policy options for promoting energy efficiency in the UNECE region and beyond.

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