OECD Paper Highlights Benefits of Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an Economics Department Working Paper titled “Mitigation potential of removing fossil fuel subsidies, a general equilibrium assessment,” authored by Jean-Marc Burniaux and Jean Chateau.

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Alpine Convention Secretariat Publishes Study on Environmental Law [viewed]

April 2011: The Secretariat of the Alpine Convention has published a legal study titled “Environmental Protection and Mountains: Is environmental law adapted to the challenges faced by mountain areas? Lessons from European ranges.”

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Event: E-environment Day at World Summit on Information Society Forum 2011 [viewed]

This Day is co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Basel Convention Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Day will focus on the role of information and communications technologies (ICT) for the environment, one of the action lines defined in the WSIS Geneva Plan of Action. The event will include workshops, interactive discussions, publication releases and networking sessions on issues such as energy efficiency, climate monitoring and adaptation, e-waste and the green economy transition. The event will be open to all stakeholders, including governments, private sector, civil society, academia, as well as international and regional institutions. Participation in this event is possible either on-site or remotely, presenting recent publications or displaying the most recent activities from relevant organization at the e-environment exhibition stand.  

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Event: Integrating Climate Change Issues into National Forest Programmes [viewed]

This meeting will be hosted by the Government of Zambia and supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The workshop is part of the FAO and National Forest Programme-Facility joint effort to assist countries to address emerging policy issues related to forests and climate change through integrating climate change considerations into national forest programmes.  

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Event: Expert Meeting on Governance of Forests and REDD+ [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Bank, UN-REDD Programme and Chatham House, aims to encourage coordinated monitoring and assessment of REDD+ and forest governance. It will mark the joint launch of two new tools to assist practitioners: the Guidance Framework for Monitoring REDD+ Governance developed by UN-REDD and Chatham House; and the Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance emerging from the 2010 Stockholm meeting on forest governance led by the World Bank and FAO. Working sessions will be organised to enable a discussion of piloting processes, identify key points to test and consider the governance monitoring needs of different stakeholders (governments, private sector, local communities, etc.).  

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EU Launches Consultation on Implementation Rules for ETS [viewed]

15 April 2011: The Directorate-General for Climate Action of the European Commission has launched a public consultation on two forthcoming regulations related to the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) concerning monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gases (GHGs), accreditation of verifiers and verification of annual emission reports.

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Focuses on Sustainable Urban Development [viewed]

15 April 2011: The 23rd session of the Governing Council (GC-23) of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) took place from 11-15 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, under the theme “sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to land and housing, basic services and infrastructure.”

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UNEP Convenes Green Economy Symposium with SEED Award Winners [viewed]

15 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) SEED Initiative convened a Green Economy symposium on 15 April, 2011, in Pretoria, South Africa. The symposium focused on ways to accelerate transition to a Green Economy in the developing world, and was attended by 200 participants, including 30 SEED Award recipients.

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Humanitarian Aid Consortium Launches New Edition of Humanitarian Handbook [viewed]

14 April 2011: The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has launched the revised edition of the UN-backed publication titled, "The Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response." The handbook is produced by the Sphere Project, a consortium of humanitarian agencies.

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IEA Executive Director Highlights Progress on Energy Efficiency [viewed]

13 April 2011: In a speech delivered at the Global Energy Efficiency Forum in Brussels, Belgium, Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA), outlined progress made thus far and the importance of continuing to improve energy efficiency.

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