Europe

UNFCCC Releases EU's Views on Transboundary Projects and CERs Global Reserve [viewed]

22 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a miscellaneous document on views on issues referred to in decision 10/CMP.7, paragraph 4 (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.12/Add.1). The document contains the submission by the EU on the eligibility of transboundary projects and a Global Reserve of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). 

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Event: European Electric Vehicle Congress [viewed]

The Congress will bring together policy makers, industry leaders, end-users, researchers, and NGOs to discuss the policy, economic, technological, and ecological aspects of electric vehicles and clean transportation. The main theme of the conference is "Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles are ready: Challenges, Opportunities and Outlook." The day before the Congress, an EU Project day is being organized to provide information on different programs, funding opportunities and funded projects supported by the European institutions.  

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Economics of Land Degradation Meeting Agrees on Methodology, Working Groups for Initiative [viewed]

ELD5 October 2012: The joint meeting of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative gathered academics, political decision makers, local administrators and private sector representatives to consider a methodological approach and scientific baseline for the valuation of land and land-based ecosystem services in the course of the ELD initiative.

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ESMAP Report Outlines Global and National-Level Policy Lessons for Low-Carbon Development [viewed]

October 2012: According to a report from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank, countries seeking to balance economic growth with carbon reduction can achieve both. The report details case studies on low-carbon development in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and South Africa.

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WMO, IGAC Release Report on Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate [viewed]

16 October 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project have released a report, titled “Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate.” The report provides an initial assessment of available information on air pollution and climate impacts in megacities globally.

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Event: UNECE and UNDP Belarus Neman River Basin Seminars [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Belarus have organized this week-long meeting as part of the project “River basin management and climate change adaptation in the Neman River Basin”. Meeting participants, including representatives of government ministries, water agencies, UNECE, UNDP, and other stakeholders, will discuss the findings of the first joint assessment of water resources and climate change impacts in the Neman Basin, released earlier in October. The meeting includes field trips to analytical control laboratories, hydropower plants, monitoring stations, quarries, and other water facilities in Belarus and Lithuania.  

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Second Committee Holds Substantive Discussion on SDGs [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee convened a special event on “Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 16 October 2012. The event served as an initial opportunity for participants to discuss the SDGs, in light of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcome decision to develop a proposal for SDGs to be considered during the UNGA's 68th session.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Parties' Views on Common Tabular Format [viewed]

UNFCCC9 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a synthesis report of parties' submissions of their views on the common tabular format (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.4), which is intended to serve as input to a workshop to be held on the same matter.

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EC Launches 'A World you Like. With a Climate you Like' Campaign [viewed]

EC8 October 2012: The European Commission (EC) has launched a communications campaign to identify and share best practices in climate change action across Europe. The campaign is based on the slogan ‘A world you like. With a climate you like' and is supported by over 70 partner business associations, universities, NGOs and government agencies.

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UNFCCC Publishes Parties' Views on Issues Relating to Kyoto Protocol Methodological Issues [viewed]

UNFCCC8 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the views of parties on the implications of the implementation of certain decisions by the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP) at its seventh session, on its previous decisions on methodological issues related to the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.13).

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