Europe

OECD Paper Evaluates Cost Effectiveness of French Environmental Policy [viewed]

22 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Economic Department has released a new working paper, by Balázs Égert, titled “France's Environmental Policies: Internalising Global and Local Externalities.”

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UNDP/GEF Publish Review of Legal and Institutional Frameworks for Transboundary Waters [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published a global review of legal and institutional frameworks for 28 transboundary surface water, groundwater and marine water systems covering the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The report also considers climate change adaptation knowledge in the various water basins analyzed.

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Green Climate Fund's Transitional Committee Elects Three Co-Chairs [viewed]

29 April 2011: Speaking at the conclusion of the first meeting of the Green Climate Fund's Transitional Committee in Mexico City, Mexico, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observed that a well-designed Green Climate Fund will help to ensure a low-carbon future that is sustainable and profitable.

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Regional Global Forum on Sustainable Energy Identifies Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Renewables [viewed]

29 April 2011: The Regional Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) was held from 28-29 April 2011, at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna, Austria, under the theme “Energy between Danube and Caucasus - The Role of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency as a Key Issue for Economic Development.”

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European Commission Adopts Decision on Allocation of Free Emission Allowances [viewed]

27 April 2011: The European Commission adopted a Decision on how free emission allowances should be allocated from 2013 to industrial installations covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

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UNECE Experts Discuss Energy Efficiency Financing [viewed]

21 April 2011: The 17th Session of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation convened, under the aegis of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), from 19-20 April 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNECE Air Pollution Convention Working Group Focuses on Black Carbon [viewed]

15 April 2011: The 48th session of the Working Group on Strategies and Review under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 April 2011, and focused on strategies to reduce black carbon emissions, one of the air pollutants contributing to climate change.

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Guest Article #58: The First Interagency “Forum on Green Jobs: Local Strategies and Actions” [viewed]

What are the linkages between climate change and sustainable local development? What are green jobs and how do they come into the equation? How to shape local strategies and actions for green jobs? How to synchronise local initiatives with national policies intended to foster a low-carbon economy and promote green jobs?

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CBD Monthly Bulletin Highlights Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on REDD+ [viewed]

26 April 2011: In the March issue of its Monthly Bulletin of Activities, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) highlights several recent meetings and activities, including the opening for signature of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries, including on relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Appeals Against CDM Executive Board Decisions [viewed]

21 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.2) from parties, intergovernmental organizations and admitted observer organizations, regarding their views on procedures and institutional arrangements under the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP) to allow for appeals against the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) decisions based on decision 2/CMP.5, paragraph 42, taking into account the recommendations of the Executive Board contained in annex II to its annual report.

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