Europe

Shortlist for 2014 European Green Capital Award Released [viewed]

12 April 2012: The European Commission has announced that out of 18 applicants for the 2014 European Green Capital award, Bristol, Copenhagen and Frankfurt have been named as finalists. The award is presented annually to a city that represents “the vanguard of environmentally friendly urban living,” with cities being judged, inter alia, on: climate change contributions; transport; sustainable land use; nature and biodiversity; air quality; water production and management; water consumption and treatment; sustainable employment; and energy performance.

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Iran Deposits Acceptance to Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol Annex B [viewed]

12 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Government of Iran has deposited its instrument of acceptance of the amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol, bringing the total number of States and regional economic integration organizations that have deposited instruments of acceptance to 28.

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Support to National Adaptation Plan Process [viewed]

12 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Parties, relevant organizations, and bilateral and multilateral agencies (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.2) containing information on support to the national adaptation plan process in the least developed countries (LDCs).

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UNFCCC Releases Views on the New Market-based Mechanism [viewed]

11 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 12 submission from Parties containing their views on the various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, bearing in mind different circumstances of developed and developing countries (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.6).

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Financing Results-based Actions on REDD+ [viewed]

11 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 18 submissions from Parties containing their views on modalities and procedures for financing results-based actions and considering activities related to decision 1/CP.16 (The Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA)) paragraphs 68-70 and 72 (relating to policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+))(FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.3).

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Framework for Various Approaches [viewed]

11 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from 12 Parties (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.4), two intergovernmental organizations, and 19 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.5), containing their views on a framework for various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, bearing in mind different circumstances of developed and developing countries.

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European Commissioner for Energy Highlights Policies for Renewable Energy [viewed]

3 April 2012: European Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, addressed the role of renewable energy in the economic recovery of Greece and for Europe at a conference on “Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Development in South Eastern Europe and Helios Project." 

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GCCA Releases Climate Change Training Module for OCT Countries [viewed]

5 April 2012: The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) has released the training module used in a recent overseas countries and territories (OCTs) workshop on mainstreaming climate change into national development planning and budgeting.

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Capacity Building in Countries with Economies in Transition [viewed]

30 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from three parties containing information on activities undertaken to implement the framework for capacity-building in countries with economies in transition (EIT) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.5). 

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Nordic Council of Ministers Biomass Conference Begins Process to Promote Sustainable Nordic Biomass [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has reported on the outcome of a Nordic-Baltic biomass conference held in Copenhagen on 21 March 2012, noting the Baltic Sea region can become a leader in sustainable biomass production.

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