Europe

UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Drivers of Deforestation [viewed]

23 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions by parties on issues identified in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 72 and appendix II, in particular on how to address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and on robust and transparent national forest monitoring systems as referred to in its paragraph 71(c) (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.1).

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UN Report Highlights Sustainable Development Challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

23 March 2012: A new report on sustainable development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, prepared by 13 UN agencies, has highlighted the need for the region to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in green jobs, and establish social protection floors in order to ensure a sustainable future.

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GEF, UNDP Publish Overview of Joint Projects Results [viewed]

March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have published their annual report on joint projects financed during 2011 on ecosystems and biodiversity preservation, green development strategies, and sustainable use of water and ocean resources, among other topics.

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EEA, EC Launch Climate-ADAPT Website [viewed]

23 March 2012: The European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have launched the Climate-ADAPT website to provide information to policy makers, engineers, planners and administrators about impacts, vulnerability and climate change adaptation in Europe.

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Event: Third Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

The Third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) will bring together over 20 participating countries to discuss progress made by the 11 CEM clean energy initiatives, increased intergovernmental cooperation, and public-private partnerships in support of clean energy deployment. The CEM is an initiative of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which was established in early 2009 to facilitate a positive outcome of climate change negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The 23 governments participating in CEM initiatives are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the United States.  

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UNESCO IOC Highlights Ocean Issues Ahead of Rio+20 [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Kriton Arsenis, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), held an information session at the European Parliament to raise awareness on current ocean-related issues in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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New UNECE Executive Secretary Appointed [viewed]

9 March 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Sven Alkalaj (Bosnia and Herzegovina) as Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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EU Council Adopts Conclusions on Rio+20 and Durban Climate Conference [viewed]

9 March 2012: The first Environment Council under the Danish Presidency concluded with the adoption of conclusions on follow-up to the Durban Climate Change Conference, and on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). Other items debated included "A Roadmap to a low-carbon economy in 2050" and the Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE).

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World Bank Macedonian Programme Announces Winners of Green Growth Essay Competition [viewed]

World Bank8 March 2012: The Macedonian Green Growth and Climate Change Analytic and Advisory Program of the World Bank has announced the winners of an essay competition on the integration of sustainability and green growth considerations into the economic growth and competitiveness agenda of Macedonia.

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Event: Transposition of the EU CO2 Storage Directive: Current Status and Outstanding Issues [viewed]

This webinar will provide an update on implementation of the EU Carbon Dioxide Storage Directive in various EU countries, including on particular or outstanding issues encountered during the transposition process. It will also discuss common issues experienced across member states and next steps for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) regulation in the region. This IEA event is being hosted in collaboration with University College London's Carbon Capture Legal Programme, and will build of their recent Implementing the EU CO₂Storage Directive: Challenges and Opportunities event and associated EU Case Studies Project.  

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