Northern America

New UNECE Executive Secretary Appointed [viewed]

9 March 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Sven Alkalaj (Bosnia and Herzegovina) as Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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Event: North America's Energy Future: Powering a Low-carbon Economy for 2030 and Beyond [viewed]

Organized by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation's (CEC) Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), this public forum will bring together experts to discuss, inter alia: progress made in fostering renewable electricity markets in Canada, Mexico and the US since the CEC's 2007 report on the subject, and its future through 2030; challenges and barriers affecting the use of renewable energy in North America; and how renewable energy projects can be promoted in remote communities.  

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Event: Workshop on Mexico's Experience in Strengthening Energy Efficiency [viewed]

Mexico's Energy Secretariat (SENER) and National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE), with support from the US State Department and the Organization of American States (OAS), are hosting a workshop geared toward promoting energy efficiency cooperation under the auspices of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), by sharing its own experiences in this field with other governments of the Americas. On the first day of the workshop, participants will be presented with best practices in energy efficiency policymaking and implementation. On the second day, participants will make technical visits to laboratories and institutions responsible for implementing some of Mexico's energy efficiency policies.  

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IDB and Alberta Undertake Joint Sustainable Energy Initiatives in Latin America [viewed]

IDB7 March 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Alberta, Canada, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish initiatives and programs supporting sustainable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean in an effort to harness the benefits of international cooperation to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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IEA Executive Director Calls for Stronger Energy Policies [viewed]

8 March 2012: The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Maria van der Hoeven, has warned that the global economic crisis is diverting attention away from energy policy.

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ITU Announces Winners of Green ICT Challenge [viewed]

6 March 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Spanish company Telefonica have announced the winners of the Second Green Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Hackathon, where developers from all over the world competed to propose and develop a “Sustainable Energy for All” ICT application. The first prize went to a community bicycle application.

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Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS [viewed]

Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation)22 February 2012: A group of 23 countries meeting in Moscow, Russian Federation, adopted the Joint Declaration of the Moscow Meeting on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS, which outlines the participants' shared position that the EU and its Member States must cease application of the Directive 2008/101/EC to airlines and aircraft operators registered in third States. Under the Directive, international civil aviation was included in the EU-Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as of 1 January 2012.

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CEC Grants Aim to Address North American Environmental Challenges [viewed]

16 February 2012: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has awarded over US$1.3 million in grants to 18 projects that will support communities in Canada, Mexico and the US in their efforts to address environmental problems at the local level.

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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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