Europe

Event: 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics [viewed]

The meeting will address possible reform of institutional arrangements under the Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additional topics will include: guidance of work areas, including markets and statistics; forest resources assessment; forest sector outlook studies; social and cultural aspects; policy and cross-sectoral issues; the status of the joint wood energy enquiry; and a roundtable on forest information challenges.  

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World Bank, DANIDA Establish First Climate Innovation Center [viewed]

31 January 2011: The World Bank will establish the world's first Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Nairobi, Kenya, an initiative spearheaded by the Royal Danish Embassy (DANIDA) and the Bank's Information for Development Program (infoDev).

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Event: Second Session of the UNECE Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency 21 [viewed]

The meeting will discuss recent developments of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 Project, the Global Strategy for Energy Efficiency Market Formation, the outcome of the Astana International Energy Efficiency Forum, and the programme of work for 2011–2012.  

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Event: 22nd Session of the Steering Committee of the UNECE Energy Efficiency 21 Project [viewed]

This meeting will discuss financing energy efficiency and renewable energy investments for climate change mitigation. It will also address: development of the renewable energy sector in the Russian Federation and in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States; increasing energy efficiency for secure energy supplies; energy efficiency market formation in South-Eastern Europe; removing barriers to energy efficiency improvements in the state sector in Belarus; green procurement for smart purchasing; the Action Plan for Energy-efficient Housing in the UNECE Region; modern and sustainable heat and power from woody biomass in South-Eastern Europe; and Best Practice Guidance on Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines.  

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Event: 17th Meeting of the UNECE Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

This meeting will review recent developments of the project on Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments for Climate Change Mitigation. The meeting will also discuss: work-in-progress by the Investment Fund Designer project contractor; work-in-progress by the Development of a Website and Internet Communications Network of Energy Efficiency Managers in Eastern Europe project contractor; review of progress in implementation of grants by the National Participating Institutions; preparations for the second International Energy Efficiency Forum and Workshop on Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects; and the working group on investment project development standards.  

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Event: Zero Meeting of Possible UNECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Policy and Management [viewed]

Participants at this meeting will consider the possible establishment of a joint Working Party on Forest Policy and Management as a subsidiary body under the Timber Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  

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UNFCCC Publishes Finland's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

22 February 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/FIN) of the review of the annual inventory submission of Finland. 

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World Bank Releases Report on Poland's Transition to a Low-Emissions Economy [viewed]

24 February 2011: The World Bank has released a report titled "Transition to a Low-Emissions Economy in Poland," which finds that Poland's transition to a low-emissions economy by 2030 is feasible, as it underwent transition to a market economy in the early 1990s.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Forest Partnerships [viewed]

February 2011: The January 2011 issue of the newsletter of Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), looks at a newly formed partnership, the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests, and reviews the outcomes of a workshop on forest policy and climate change in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region.

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EC and UNEP Outline Priorities for Climate Cooperation [viewed]

23 February 2011:  The European Commission and the UN Environment programme (UNEP) have issued a joint statement signaling the renewal of their political will to consolidate, develop and increase their cooperation and effectiveness to achieve their common goals and objectives in the field of environment.

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