Europe

Event: Special Forum at the General Assembly of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), in cooperation with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, is organizing this Special Forum on the theme “New Directions for Financing Sustainable Cities”. It aims to provide a platform for interaction between the GEF and mayors and local leaders, to discuss, inter alia, GEF's support for cities and how cities can be used to achieve a more integrated approach to addressing climate change, biodiversity and chemicals. The Forum will be held during the 2013 Nantes World Mayors Summit on Climate Change, taking place from 27-28 September.  

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UNGA Debate Addresses Post-2015 Priorities [viewed]

United Nations25 September 2013: On the second day of the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate, leaders highlighted post-2015 agenda priorities, including recognizing the relationship between peace and development, tackling inequalities, ensuring human rights, and addressing climate change and water and sanitation.

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Norway Pledges $23.7 Million Towards Crop Diversity for Adaptation [viewed]

norway-flag24 September 2013: At the opening of the Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Government of Norway announced a pledge of $23.7 million to manage food crops and promote food security and adaptation to climate change impacts.

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UN Secretary-General Hosts High-level Event on MDG Acceleration and Partnerships [viewed]

United Nations23 September 2013: A high-level forum of the UN Secretary-General on ‘MDG Success: Accelerating Action, Partnering for Impact' took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 23 September 2013.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Submissions on the GCF, the GEF and Gender [viewed]

UNFCCC18 September 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions by parties on the Green Climate Fund (GCF), on the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and on the gender balance goal. The submissions will be considered by the Conference of the Parties at its 19th session (COP 19) to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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Report on Climate Change and Forests Reveals Vulnerability in Southern Europe [viewed]

European Union 18 September 2013: The Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg and Forest Europe released a report on the Models for Adaptative Forest Management (MOTIVE) project funded by the European Union (EU).

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UNFCCC Releases Documents on REDD+, Finance and Gender [viewed]

UNFCCC17 September 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released three documents to be considered by country representatives during the upcoming Climate Change Conference to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013. Documents released include: parties' submissions on gender balance related to climate change; finance provided by developed countries in accordance with the Conference of the Parties (COP) decisions; and a report on two REDD+ workshops.

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Nordic and Baltic Wetlands Conference Identifies Climate Change Impacts on Wetlands [viewed]

Ramsar12 September 2013: The Nordic and Baltic Wetlands Conference was organized around the theme 'Baltic Wetlands in a time of climate change- mitigation, resilience and adaptation.' The event was held as part of the Greenland Chairmanship (2012-2014) of the NorBalWet, a regional initiative for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) that aims to contribute to more effective conservation and wise use of wetlands and enhanced international wetlands cooperation in the Nordic-Baltic region.

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FAO Assesses Food Waste Impacts on Land, Climate, Water and Biodiversity [viewed]

FAO11 September 2013: The Food and Agriculture of the UN (FAO) has released a study documenting the environmental impacts of global food wastage as well as its direct economic impacts, which it reports add up to $750 billion annually.

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EBRD Issues US$250 Million 'Green Bond' [viewed]

EBRD11 September 2013: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has issued a US$250 million bond, aimed at institutional investors seeking to support environmentally sustainable projects.

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