Europe

Event: Dublin Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Climate Justice [viewed]

The Irish Government and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will convene an international conference to open dialogue and debate on the global challenges of hunger, nutrition and climate justice, with the goal of encouraging and inspiring innovative thinking and solutions. The conference is being organized in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This will not be an intergovernmental meeting, but instead will bring together key policy makers and global thought leaders with local people and practitioners facing the realities of rising food prices, failed crops, under-nutrition and voicelessness. The objective will be to facilitate a respectful dialogue and learn from practical experience and robust evidence to inform a new approach to addressing hunger, nutrition and climate justice, in the context of the new international development agenda. The aim will not simply be to adopt an outcome document, but to inspire new ways of thinking about global development challenges and to invigorate and broaden the debate, at all levels, listening to and learning from the experiences of local people, and rooting future thematic policy approaches in their lives and their efforts to cope. To facilitate a focused dialogue, participation will be by invitation, but there will be opportunities for others to participate online.  

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EC Releases Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean and Energy Efficient Vehicles [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: The European Commission (EC) has published a Commission Staff Working Document on “Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean Energy and Energy Efficient Vehicles.” The document provides guidelines and proposes a common framework for using grants, loans, tax deductions, and other financial incentives to increase the number of clean and efficient vehicles in EU member States.

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UNDP, BSEC Launch Black Sea Climate and Business Initiative [viewed]

1 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) launched the UNDP Black Sea Climate and Business Initiative (CLIMBIZ), a regional partnership for action on sustainable development in the Black Sea region, and the CLIMBIZ Challenge, with the support of the Austrian Development Cooperation and BSEC.

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EEA Map Projects Increased Urban Flood Risk, Heat Waves in European Cities [viewed]

EEA1 March 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) produced an Eye on Earth map that highlights potential climate-induced flood risk and temperature increases in European cities, in advance of the First Eye on Earth User Conference, which will be held from 4-6 March 2013, in Dublin, Ireland.

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Norway, ADB and Bhutan Sign Energy+ Partnership [viewed]

4 February 2013: The Government of Norway has announced that it has signed a "Framework for Energy+ Cooperation" with the Government of Bhutan and the Asian Development Bank, with the objective of supporting Bhutan's efforts to increase access to sustainable energy services and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through enhanced promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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UNFCCC Publishes Estonia's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

25 February 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Estonia (FCCC/ARR/2012/EST), which states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 49.6% between 1990 and 2010.

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European Parliament Set to Delay Auction of Pollution Allowances under EUETS [viewed]

19 February 2013: The Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament has voted in favor of a draft amendment to EU legislation that would allow the European Commission to delay the timing of the auctioning of some pollution allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

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Event: Leadership Meeting on Environmental Sustainability in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

As part of the 11 Global Thematic Consultations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, this High-Level Meeting will bring together NGOs, the sponsoring governments, and participants from the UN, among others, to discuss and define recommendations on environmental sustainability in a future framework. This consultation is being co-led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), with support from the Governments of France and Costa Rica.  

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UNEP Year Book 2013 Highlights Need for Effective Arctic Governance, Chemical Risk Reduction [viewed]

UNEP Year Book 201318 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the 2013 edition of its Year Book, which presents events and developments from 2012 on key environmental indicators. The Year Book highlights two emerging issues, namely the need for effective governance of the fragile Arctic region, and reaching the goal of sound chemicals management by 2020.

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Arctic Environment Ministers Recommend Action on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

8 February 2013: Arctic Environment Ministers met in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, from 5-6 February 2013, to address the rapid environmental changes in the Arctic. They discussed climate change and ocean acidification, contamination in the Arctic, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem based management.

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