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OECD Brief Analyzes Car Scrapping Schemes [viewed]

October 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a policy brief titled “Do car scrapping schemes help the environment and increase safety?”

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Kyoto Protocol Committee Considers Compliance of Ukraine, Lithuania, Canada and Italy [viewed]

20 October 2011: The reports of the ninth meeting of the plenary of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee, the fifteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee enforcement branch and the tenth meeting of the Compliance Committee facilitative branch are now available. The enforcement and facilitative branches held their fifteenth and tenth meetings, respectively, from 11-12 October 2011, and the plenary held its ninth meeting on 13th October 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

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Event: UNEP-SBCI Symposium on Sustainable Buildings [viewed]

The UN Environmental Programme Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) Fall Symposium on Sustainable Buildings is being hosted by T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies. The Symposium aims to provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and communicate strategies for championing sustainable buildings to policy-makers, in the context of the upcoming UNFCCC COP-17, and UNCSD (Rio+20) events.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on REDD+ Methodological Guidance [viewed]

19 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published views (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.7) on methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Individual Review of US GHG Inventory [viewed]

UNFCCC7 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the individual review of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory submission of the US submitted in 2010 (FCCC/ARR/2010/USA). The report covers the centralized review of the 2010 inventory submission of the US, coordinated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, in accordance with decision 19/CP.8 (Guidelines for the technical review of Annex I GHG inventories).

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing proposals by parties and relevant organizations for upcoming activities under the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.6).

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Major Economies Forum Calls for a Balanced Package in Durban [viewed]

17 September 2011: The 11th Meeting at the Leaders' Representative level of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate stressed the need to agree on a balanced package at the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year.

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions to AWG-LCA 14 [viewed]

UNFCCC23 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published 12 submissions from parties, which will be considered by the third part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), which will be held in Panama City, Panama, from 1-7 October 2011. 

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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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