Europe

EU Finance Ministers Recommend Progress on Climate Finance [viewed]

4 October 2011: The Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the EU, which gathers EU finance ministers, has adopted conclusions on climate finance, in which the Council stresses the need to provide a transparent report on fast-start finance to ensure trust among UNFCCC parties, confirming that the EU will report in Durban on this issue.

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EU-Brazil Summit Tackles Climate Change, Energy and Social Dimension of Rio+20 [viewed]

4 October 2011: The Fifth EU-Brazil Summit was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 4 October 2011. The resulting joint statement addresses climate change, energy and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), among other issues.

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UNFCCC Publishes Switzerland's Views on Developing Country Mitigation Actions [viewed]

UNFCCC3 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published Switzerland's submission (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.7/Add.6) on its views on the items relating to a work programme for the development of modalities and guidelines listed in paragraph 66 of decision 1/CP.16 (Enhanced action on mitigation: nationally appropriate mitigation actions by developing country parties).

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UNFCCC Publishes EU Submission on Support to Developing Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC30 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum containing the EU's submission on the support provided to developing country parties and on activities undertaken to strengthen existing, and to establish, national and regional systematic observation and monitoring networks (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.6/Add.1).

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EBRD Supports Hydropower Project in Ukraine [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a loan to finance upgrades of hydro- and electro-mechanical equipment at Ukrgidroenergo's (UHE) hydropower plants. UHE is Ukraine's state-owned operator of large hydro-generating and pump storage facilities.

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-LCA Submissions for Panama Session [viewed]

UNFCCC3 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a number of submisisons from parties to be considered by the third part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), taking place in Panama City, Panama, from 1-7 October 2011.

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Eastern Partnership Summit Discusses Green Economy [viewed]

30 September 2011: The Heads of State or Government and representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, the EU and its member States met in Warsaw, Poland, on 29-30 September 2011, to renew their commitment to the objectives and continued implementation of the Eastern Partnership, including on the green economy, climate change and energy. 

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European Parliament Makes Recommendations for EU Position at Rio+20 [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on developing a common EU position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), outlining its views on the concept of the green economy and desired outcomes of the Conference.

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EBRD to Fund Construction of Energy Efficient Shopping Mall [viewed]

27 September 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has raised US$69.6 million for the construction of an energy efficient shopping mall in the city of Surgut, Russian Federation.

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EBRD Launches Energy Efficiency Facility for Small Businesses in Romania [viewed]

26 September 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has launched a €60 million programme to fund energy efficiency projects in Romanian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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