Northern America

Event: Greenbuild 2011 [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme Regional Office for North America (UNEP-RONA) is partering in this event and will host a session titled "The Road to Rio+20: The Role of Green Buildings and Cities in Safeguarding the Climate and Promoting Sustainable Development".  

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“Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference Discusses Water and Green Economy [viewed]

23 September 2011: The seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference concluded with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration titled “Save water, grow green!” Through the Declaration, ministers agree to take the lead in the transition to a green economy and to make substantive contributions to the discussions on green economy within the context of sustainable development, poverty alleviation and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Brunei Darussalam-US Dialogue Addresses on Environmental Cooperation [viewed]

20 September 2011: The Inaugural Brunei Darussalam-US Senior Officials Dialogue was held in Washington, DC, US, on 20 September 2011, with discussions including climate change and biodiversity cooperation.

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US, Australia to Cooperate on Fisheries and Climate Change [viewed]

15 September 2011: During the ceremony held to mark the 60th anniversary of the US-Australia Alliance, the two parties charted a course for the future of the partnership as an “anchor of the Asia-Pacific.” The resulting joint statement addresses climate change, environmental sustainability, fisheries, food security, and other issues of concern to the region.

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US Launches Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge [viewed]

15 September 2011: As part of its engagement with emerging African partners in addressing the challenge of climate change, the US Department of State has announced the intention to sponsor “Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge,” a public diplomacy program comprised of three African regional competitions to address local climate change challenges through the use of mobile technology.

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IDB, Mexico Launch Sustainable Energy Technologies Contest [viewed]

IDB7 September 2011: Mexico and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea, have announced a joint contest to fund applied research and technological development projects on sustainable energy, with a total prize of US$2.5 million.

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SPREP, SPC and US Government Join Forces to Advance Climate Adaptation [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)8 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that it, along with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the US Government, have initiated a partnership to advance climate change adaptation.

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OECD Paper Reviews Policies for Investing in Renewable Energy Plants [viewed]

July 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper entitled “Sources of Finance, Investment Policies and Plant Entry in the Renewable Energy Sector,” which reviews public policies promoting investment in renewable energies at the plant level.

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UNFCCC Publishes Fast-start Finance Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC15 August 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/CP/2011/INF.1) on information from developed country parties on the resources provided to fulfil the commitment referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 95 (The Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) (Finance)).

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UN Greening the Blue Reports on World Bank Cycling Initiative [viewed]

2 August 2011: UN Greening the Blue has reported that the World Bank has instituted a Bike to Work Day, in an effort to reduce corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to encourage environmentally friendly methods of commuting in Washington DC, US, where the World Bank headquarters are located.

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