Northern America

Climate and Clean Air Coalition Initiative Launched [viewed]

16 February 2012: The US, Bangladesh, Canada, Ghana, Mexico and Sweden, with the support of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have launched the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, which aims to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, carbon, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and methane.

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Event: Stockholm+40: Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development [viewed]

The Stockholm+40 Partnership Form for Sustainable Development will be held in Stockholm from 23-25 April 2012, in commemoration of the UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972. Stockholm+40 aims to foster innovative ideas and creative processes to create a platform for dialogue on sustainable innovations, sustainable production and sustainable lifestyles. Stockholm+40 will include the first meeting of the the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants from 23-24 April, with both Ministerial and Working Group sessions. In addition, a major scientific seminar on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants will be held during these days. The plans for Stockholm+40 focusing on the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants events will be presented.  

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CIF Civil Society Observers Elected [viewed]

14 February 2012: The organization RESOLVE has announced the election of representatives for civil society observers for the period 2012-2014 at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

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IDB Supports Water and Adaptation Prize in the Americas [viewed]

IDB11 February 2012: The Regional Policy Dialogue for Water and Climate Change Adaptation in the Americas, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and others, announced the "Prize for Actions on Water and Adaptation in the Americas."

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Voting Process for CSO Representatives at FCPF Opens [viewed]

6 February 2012: The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has announced that the voting process is open to select observers for three "Southern" civil society organizations (CSOs) and one "Northern" CSO to attend the Participants Committee meetings of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is hosted at the World Bank.

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WTO Opens Session on Renewable Energy Generation Dispute [viewed]

18 January 2012: At the request of the parties in the dispute between Canada and Japan on Certain Measures Affecting the Renewable Energy Generation Sector (DS412), the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel has agreed to start its first substantive meeting with the parties and third parties with a session open to public viewing at WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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New Chair Calls for Greater Public Involvement in CEC's Work [viewed]

17 January 2012: The new chair of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation's (NAAEC) Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has issued a call for greater public involvement in CEC's work.

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Event: 38th Summit of the G8 [viewed]

The US will host the 38th Summit of the Group of Eight (G8) at Camp David, Maryland, in May 2012. The G8 comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the US. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Chicago, back-to-back with the NATO summit, but the US announced the change in location and dates on 5 March (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/05/statement-press-secretary-g-8-and-nato-summits). The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold its summit in Chicago from 20-21 May (see http://www.chicagonato.org/ for more information). The Presidents Benin, Ghana and Tanzania and Prime Minister of Ethiopia are expected to join in the discussions on food security in Africa.  

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CEC Report Details Greenhouse Gas Emissions from North American Power Plants [viewed]

7 December 2011: A report by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on the air emissions of electric power plants in North America finds that its 3,144 fossil fuel-burning plants generate the majority of several key pollutants and emit more greenhouse gases (GHG) than any other industrial sector.

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UNECE Experts on Regulatory Cooperation Focus on Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNECE9 December 2011: The 21st session of the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) included a session on "Standards and regulations: tool for promoting sustainable development."

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