Europe

UN Bike Ride Promotes Sustainable Urban Transport Ahead of Rio+20 [viewed]

8 June 2012: The UN hosted a bicycle ride from its Headquarters to the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands in New York, US, organized by the Mission on 8 June 2012. The ride highlighted the benefits of bicycling as a method of sustainable, low-carbon urban transportation. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who did not ride but wore a bicycle helmet to open the event, remarked on cycling's benefits for riders' health and the planet.

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GEF Council Meeting Approves Largest Work Program to Date [viewed]

After the GEF Council unanimously decided to appoint Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the next GEF CEO/Chairperson, she greeted the Council and current CEO/Chairperson Monique Barbut.7 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a Work Program of 84 projects and two programmatic approaches amounting to US$667.26 million in GEF project grants, and appointed Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the GEF's new Chairperson and CEO.

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EEA Calls for Increased Resource Efficiency [viewed]

EEA7 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled “Material Resources and Waste,” which finds that 20-30% of the resources consumed within the EU are produced beyond its borders. International trade, the report finds, allows EU consumption and production to impact ecosystems and human health across the globe.

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European Commission Launches European Resource Efficiency Platform [viewed]

5 June 2012: European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik unveiled the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), designed to facilitate achievement of the vision outlined in the European Commission's Roadmap to a Resource-Efficient Europe, which aims to decouple resource use and economic growth. The EREP is organized around three elements: greening the economy; setting objectives and measuring progress; and framework conditions for investment in resource efficiency.

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UN Secretary-General Announces New Heads of DPI, DESA [viewed]

31 May 2012: At the daily press briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, it was announced that he has made three high-level appointments, for the positions of Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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EEA "Signals 2012" Focuses on Consumption and Production Patterns [viewed]

EEA5 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released the 2012 edition of its "Signals" report, titled "Building the Future we Want," which focuses on the impacts of consumption and production patterns, and ways to reduce their impact on the environment. 

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Sweden, US Launch Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Campaign [viewed]

3 June 2012: Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and HRH Swedish Crown Princess Victoria launched an awareness raising campaign under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs). The campaign consists of a contest to come up with creative ideas to inform the public about SLCPs and means of addressing the issue.

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Event: CDM Policy Dialogue Consultations with Members of the European Parliament [viewed]

As part of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Policy Dialogue, the High-Level Panel on the CDM Policy Dialogue will hold individual consultations with members of the European Parliament.  

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CIFOR Report Analyzes Land Use Impacts of EU's Biofuel Policy [viewed]

4 June 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report titled "Transformations in EU biofuels markets under the Renewable Energy Directive and the implications for land use, trade and forests," which examines the EU's biofuel policy, its implications for EU and international biofuel markets, as well as its impacts on direct and indirect land use change, international trade and forest conservation.

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FAO Drylands Workshop Addresses Building Resilient Forest Landscapes [viewed]

FAO28 May 2012: At an international workshop titled "Building forest landscapes resilient to global changes in drylands," participants discussed a restoration monitoring tool and shared experiences in forest restoration projects. They heard presentations on restoration efforts in the Mediterranean, Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

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