Europe

Event: UNECE Sustainable Energy Week [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is organizing Sustainable Energy Week under the theme 'Energy for Sustainable Development: Trends and Milestones'. The three primary events of the week are the meetings of: the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) on 17-18 November 2014; the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE) on 18-19 November; and the 23rd session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE), from 19-21 November. Among other agenda items, GEEE will: discuss and approve its draft work plan; consider such cross-cutting issues as sustainable housing, smart cities, industry and renewable energy; and hear the outcomes of the 5th International Forum: Energy for Development. GERE will, inter alia: discuss renewable energy best-practices; address renewable energy finance and investment; consider how a competitive market environment for renewables can be created; and approve a draft work plan. Highlights from the CSE session agenda include a high-level segment on 'Energy for Sustainable Development: Must Reality Conflict with Ambition?', a discussion on accelerating energy efficiency uptake, and a discussion on how renewables can optimize energy systems. A workshop on the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) classification of renewable energies will also take place during the Week.  

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European Commission Calculates EU Energy Costs and Subsidies [viewed]

EC13 October 2014: The European Commission has released a report that quantifies public interventions in energy markets. As the first study to provide data on energy costs and subsidies for all 28 EU member States and power generation technologies, the report seeks to enhance understanding on the functioning of energy markets and the size and effect of government interventions across the Union.

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FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO10 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets.

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Event: IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Conference will center on recent research and market developments in bioenergy, including: challenges across bioenergy value chains; and cross-cutting topics, such as environmental sustainability, socioeconomic issues and trade. The conference will include a special session dedicated to industrial developments and applications, which will feature presentations on German developments. In addition to presentations, the event will include opportunities for business-to-business meetings, a social programme, technical field trips, and a poster exhibition. The conference is supported by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture.  

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Event: 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week [viewed]

The 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Week, hosted by China, will take place in Beijing from 5-11 November, and will include several high-level and other meetings, convened under the theme 'Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership'. Key events taking place during the week are: the Concluding Senior Officials' Meeting (CSOM), from 5-6 November; the 26th APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM), from 7-8 November; and the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM), from 10-11 November. Other events hosted during the week include: the APEC CEO Summit, from 8-10 November; APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders; and Leaders' spouse programs. The Leaders' Week will also mark the culmination of the 2014 APEC China Year. APEC's 21 member economies are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US and Viet Nam.  

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European Forum Progresses on Regional Consensus for Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR9 October 2014: The 5th European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) has called for joint action to face the challenges of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction (DRR). Participants discussed the role of science, the use of national platforms to coordinate policy among different stakeholders, and the need for greater interaction with other international negotiations, particularly those on climate change.

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Event: Third Meeting of the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC [viewed]

The Third Meeting of the Task Group on the Future Work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will continue its work toward developing: options and recommendations for the Panel to consider on future IPCC products; an appropriate structure and modus operandi for producing these products; and ways to enhance the participation and contributions of developing countries in future work. This process is expected to be completed at IPCC 41 during the first half of 2015 when the Panel will have to agree on size, structure and composition of the next IPCC Bureau. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will consider the Synthesis Report of the Fifth Assessment Report in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 27-31 October 2014. The IPCC will approve the Summary for Policymakers and adopt the Synthesis Report.  

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Event: Colloquium on Seasonal Forecasting: Current Challenges and Potential Benefits for Decision Making in the Water Sector [viewed]

This colloquium aims to demonstrate the current state of seasonal forecasting, and will lay the groundwork and contribute to the development of guidelines for operational
 applications within the framework of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Commission for Hydrology. Colloquium participants and presenters will include representatives of scientific organizations, water authorities, and national hydrological and meteorological services (NHMSs). In addition, operational water management bodies will provide an overview about the current skills and developments of meteorological seasonal forecasts, statistical methods in pre- and post-processing, and hydrology applications.

The colloquium is targeted towards the scientific community, water authorities, NHMSs, potential users in the water sector and engineers, and is being hosted by the German Federal Institute of Hydrology –Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (BfG), the WMO and the IHP/HWRP Germany Secretariat.  

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Event: Climate Symposium 2014: Climate Research and Earth Observations from Space [viewed]

This symposium is expected to contribute to the development of an efficient and sustained international space-based Earth observing system. It will bring together international experts in climate observations, research, analysis and modeling, with a particular emphasis on the role of space-based Earth observations, in order to advance knowledge of the current climate at global and regional scales, and in assessing climate models. The symposium will discuss the current state of climate science and climate observations in order to evaluate recent achievements, determine objectives to be realized with satellite-based climate information, and identify gaps in the current space-based component of the climate observing system. A proposed architecture for sustained climate monitoring from space will be discussed.

The conference will also consider how Earth observation contributes to future developments in climate prediction and climate change projection, and is expected to contribute to climate-related risk management, and affordable mitigation and adaptation options. The symposium will create a joint action plan for an enhanced international space-based climate observing system, which will respond to current and emerging needs in climate research, modeling and services.

Other key themes to be discussed include: clouds, circulation and climate sensitivity; the changing water cycle; cryosphere in a warming world; ocean circulation and regional sea level rise; prediction and attribution of extremes; and regional climate variability and change. The symposium is being sponsored by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the European Commission, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the City of Darmstadt, among others.  

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ECOSOC Reflects on SIDS Conference, Post-2015, Climate Processes [viewed]

ECOSOC1 October 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held an informal stock-taking meeting on the outcome of the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The conference took place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014, and the stock-taking meeting allowed UN Member States to reflect on the Conference outcome document, the 'SAMOA Pathway,' as well as the way forward.

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