EU Launches Consultation on the External Dimension of its Energy Policy [viewed]

16 February 2011: The European Commission launched an online stakeholder consultation, open until 7 March 2011, focusing on: European energy strategies; sustainable energy; renewable energy; energy efficiency; energy technology and innovation; oil, coal, gas and electricity; nuclear energy; security of supply; external dimension; and energy infrastructure.

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European Commission Launches Coastal Planning Exchange Project [viewed]

16 February 2011: The European Commission has launched a new three-year project, called OURCOAST, to support and ensure the exchange of experiences and best practices in coastal planning and management, focusing on climate change adaptation, land management and sustainable economic growth.

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World Bank Signs MOU with Asian Disaster Reduction Center [viewed]

16 February 2011: The World Bank and the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Tokyo, Japan, to strengthen cooperation and regional partnerships for disaster risk reduction (DRR), and to enhance capacity building and knowledge-sharing in disaster prevention in the face of growing climate change pressures in East Asia and the Pacific.

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IEA Expert Discusses in-Car Fuel Efficiency Improvement Tools [viewed]

15 February 2011: International Energy Agency (IEA) transportation expert Kazunori Kojima discusses on-board automobile fuel efficiency tools in an article titled “Fuel-saving gadgets for cars: are they worthwhile?"

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US, Ukraine Discuss Climate and Energy Cooperation [viewed]

15 February 2011: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko convened the third session of the US-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission on 15 February 2011, in Washington, DC, US.

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UN-Energy Outlines Priorities Ahead of Rio 2012 [viewed]

14 February 2011: UN-Energy held a retreat on 10-11 February 2011, in Vienna, Austria, to define the group's priorities in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio 2012). The highlights of the retreat are reported in the weekly newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for the period 14-18 February 2011.

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OECD Working Paper Explores Swedish Climate Mitigation Policy [viewed]

9 February 2011: The OECD has released a new economics working paper, titled “Enhancing the Cost-Effectiveness of Climate Change Mitigation Policies in Sweden,” which discusses next steps in Swedish mitigation policies now that the country has decoupled GDP growth from emissions growth.

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IEA Bioenergy Newsletter Highlights Bioenergy in the UK, Biorefineries [viewed]

January 2011: International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy has released its newest issue of “Bioenergy News” (Volume 22, Number 2), which discusses progress on current initiatives, biorefineries, new publications and upcoming events.

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UNFCCC Releases Ghana's Proposal on Adaptation Committee Composition [viewed]

16 February 2011: In its proposal to the UNFCCC Secretariat on the composition of the Adaptation Committee, Ghana highlights the need for membership to reflect a gender balance, broad geographic representation, and a range of expertise, including social dimensions and gender.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Discusses Security and Climate Change [viewed]

15 February 2011: In an address to the Congress of Deputies of Spain at the Superior Centre of National Defence Studies in Madrid, Spain, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres noted that the link between security concerns and climate change has gained importance over the past few years.

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