Europe

Nordic Council of Ministers Releases Report on Flexible Emissions Fees [viewed]

17 April 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has launched a report on using flexible emissions fees as an incentive to drive sustainable production and consumption. The report asks whether flexible emission fees could be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, while encouraging economic development, based on Anders Höglund's proposal for a Flexible Emissions Fee Mechanism.

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UNFCCC Releases Review of Luxemburg's GHG Inventory [viewed]

17 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the annual submission of Luxembourg submitted in 2011 (FCCC/ARR/2011/LUX).

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PACE-Net Conference Focuses on Water, Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Hazards [viewed]

18 April 2012: The Pacific-European Network (PACE-Net) Conference, which convened under the theme "Strengthening Pacific-European Collaboration in Research, Development, and Innovation," featured workshops on water, agriculture and forestry, natural hazards, fisheries, and mid-term research, development and innovation policies.

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Bids to Host the Green Climate Fund Announced [viewed]

GEF16 April 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat have reported that they received bids to host the Green Climate Fund (GCF) from the following six UNFCCC parties: Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, Republic of Korea, and Switzerland.

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UNECE Launches Green Economy Seminar Series With Discussion of Green Homes [viewed]

UNECE16 April 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) discussed residential energy efficiency at the first seminar in a series launched to promote actions towards a regional green economy. The Green Economy seminars will provide a forum for discussing the integration of social and environmental considerations in the lead-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

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UNFCCC Releases Review of Lithuania's GHG Inventory [viewed]

13 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the individual review of the annual submission of Lithuania submitted in 2011 (FCCC/ARR/2011/LTU).

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New EU-Pacific Partnership to Address Climate Change [viewed]

12 April 2012: With the aim of reinforcing its cooperation with Pacific countries to help address the impacts of climate change, including the effects of rising sea levels, the European Commission has issued a joint communication titled “Towards a renewed EU-Pacific development partnership.” The partnership aims to effectively address climate change and development in a coordinated manner.

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UNDP Bulletin Highlights Finance for Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

UNDPApril 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the eighth issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, a quarterly publication that provides an overview of UNDP-the Global Environment Facility (GEF) support to countries to affect policy and institutional change for climate change adaptation at the national, sub-national and community-levels. This issue focuses on adaptation projects in Africa, as well as an announcement of Germany's support to adaptation initiatives in Grenada and Mali.

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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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