Europe

Liechtenstein Submits INDC [viewed]

Liechtenstein flag22 April 2015: The Government of Liechtenstein has officially submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. In its contribution to the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement, Liechtenstein states that it will aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030, using 1990 as the baseline. The INDC assumes the possibility of incorporating reductions achieved abroad. The target will be subject to parliamentary approval.

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CARIAA Explores Adaptation in Climate Change Hotspots in Africa and Asia [viewed]

cariaaApril 2015: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has released an open access special issue of the Regional Environmental Change series, titled ‘Adaptation in climate change hotspots: Change under way in Africa and Asia.'

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Event: EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 [viewed]

EU Sustainable Energy Week will bring together public authorities, energy agencies, research organizations, NGOs, businesses and private consumers to share best practices and ideas on secure, clean and efficient energy. The week will consist of: the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards in the categories of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cities, communities and regions; Sustainable Energy Days throughout June; and the 2015 EU Sustainable Energy Week Policy Conference from 16-18 June. The Policy Conference will bring together energy experts, policymakers, civil society representatives and the members of the media. Sessions will cover, inter alia, public-private partnerships as a tool to accelerate energy innovation; an energy efficiency investment framework; the potential of the building and heating and cooling sectors; and women in renewable energy.  

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UNFCCC's NAZCA Portal Features Over 500 City Actions [viewed]

nazca22 April 2015: To coincide with Earth Day, over 500 new city actions have been added to the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal, which was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. NAZCA, a UNFCCC-hosted website, showcases actions of non-state actors, including municipalities, regions and investors, and aims to help build momentum for a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. Currently, 400 cities, 71 subnational regions and 264 companies are taking 1514 climate-related actions listed on the NAZCA portal.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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EC Communication Outlines Positions on Post-2015, FfD [viewed]

ec16 April 2015: Participants discussed the latest Communication by the European Commission (EC) on the post-2015 development agenda, at an event organized by the European Economic and Social Committee's Sustainable Development Observatory. The Communication outlines the EC's views on the overarching principles and main components for supporting and implementing the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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EU Environment, Energy Ministers Discuss Biodiversity, Climate, Energy Efficiency [viewed]

EU16 April 2015: Latvia hosted informal meetings of the EU's environment and energy ministers to discuss the Union's environmental and climate and energy policies. The two meetings, which took place back-to-back, from 14-16 April, in Riga, Latvia, focused on biodiversity, international climate change negotiations, energy efficiency in the heating and cooling sector, and the interaction between biodiversity and renewable energy development.

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Event: Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

This event is being organized by the Vatican and has the objective of raising awareness and building consensus around sustainable development values and ensuring they cohere with the values of religious traditions, with a special focus on the most vulnerable. The event will also aim to: increase the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical; and help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.

 The event will result in a joint statement on the moral and religious imperative of sustainable development, emphasizing the connection between respect for the environment and respect for people, particularly the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children and future generations. Vatican officials plus 60 high-level invitees (20 science, business, diplomatic and development experts; 20 religious leaders; and 20 academics and scholars) are expected to attend, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  

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ECOSOC Begins Meeting with BWIs on Post-2015, FfD [viewed]

ECOSOC20 April 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began its annual special high-level meeting with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), with a focus on the theme of ‘Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.' The meeting brought representatives of the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) together with UN Member States to discuss post-2015 development and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies17 April 2015: A communiqué signed by the members of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform group calls for countries to prioritize the phase-out of fossil-fuel subsidies ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Friends are urging all governments to endorse the statement; France and the US are the first countries outside the Friends groups to do so.

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