Europe

EU Unveils Agenda for Change in Development Assistance [viewed]

13 October 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its "Agenda for Change" in EU Development policy as well as a new policy for EU budget support that aim to ensure  development aid provides the maximum impact on poverty reduction.

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European Commission Publishes Policy Brief on Biodiversity and Health [viewed]

October 2011: The European Commission has produced a policy brief that summarizes scientific information on the benefits biodiversity provides for human health and offers policy recommendations.

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European Commission Unveils Agricultural Policy Reform Proposals [viewed]

12 October 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a draft reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period after 2013, which aims to strengthen the competitiveness, sustainability and permanence of agriculture throughout the EU in order to secure for European citizens a healthy and high-quality source of food, preserve the environment and develop rural areas.

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EU Adopts Negotiating Position for Durban [viewed]

10 October 2011: The Council of environment ministers of the EU adopted conclusions establishing the EU position for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, in which they stress the need to agree on a global and comprehensive legally-binding framework as soon as possible to keep the increase of global temperature below 2°C compared to the pre-industrial level, guaranteeing legal certainty, predictability, reciprocity and comparability.

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UNFCCC Publishes Assessment of Denmark's Forest Management Reference Level [viewed]

UNFCCC10 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the technical assessment of the forest management reference level submission of Denmark submitted in 2011 (FCCC/TAR/2011/DNK).

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UN/ISDR Study Focuses on Climate Change Adaptation and DRR in Europe [viewed]

10 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a study titled “Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Europe: a review of risk governance.” The study provides an analysis of climate-related disaster risk reduction governance in the European context.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Review of France's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC7 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the in-depth review of the France's fifth national communication (NC5) (FCCC/IDR.5/FRA). The report covers the in-country in-depth review of the NC5 coordinated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, in accordance with the guidelines for review under Article 8 of the Kyoto Protocol (decision 22/CMP.1).

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UNFCCC Publishes Review of Croatia's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC7 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the in-depth review of the Croatia's fifth national communication (NC5) (FCCC/IDR.5/HRV). The report covers the centralized in-depth review of Croatia's NC5, coordinated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, in accordance with the guidelines for review under Protocol Article 8 (decision 22/CMP.1).

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Norway Launches Energy+ Initiative at Energy for All Conference [viewed]

12 October 2011: During the "Energy for All: Financing Access for the Poor" conference, the Government of Norway launched its Energy+ initiative aimed at mobilizing private capital and public resources for energy access.

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Event: Take Lead [viewed]

The Take Lead conference seeks to discover new oppor­tunities for cities and businesses and share knowledge to confront the emerging crisis through green growth. It will include workshops on: Smart Grid –Smart Growth; Sustainable Living in Buildings; Electric Vehicles; Communicating Green Growth; Bio Business is Big Business; Water –the Lasting Drop; a Sea of Wind- off shore wind; and Solutions for Sustainable Cities. The results of the discussions will feed into the report “State of the Green Economy” that will be submitted to the EU, C40, Rio+20 and UN Global Compact.  

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