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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UNFCCC Publishes the UK's 2010 GHG Report [viewed]

13 April 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/GBR) of the individual review of the annual submission of the UK.

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UNFCCC Publishes Latvia's 2010 GHG Report [viewed]

13 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/LVA) of the individual review of the annual submission of Latvia.

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EU Strategy for the Danube Region Endorsed [viewed]

13 April 2011: The ministers of the 27 EU Member States have endorsed the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, which was proposed by the European Commission in December 2010. Preparations for implementation of the Strategy are already underway.

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European Commission Proposes to Overhaul Energy Taxation [viewed]

13 April 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a proposal to overhaul the rules on the taxation of energy products in the EU. The proposal includes new rules to restructure the taxation of energy products to remove current imbalances and take into account both their emissions and energy content.

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EU Publishes Text of Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru [viewed]

13 April 2011: The EU has published the text of its trade agreement with Colombia and Peru, which includes commitments to effectively implement international conventions on environmental protection.

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International Potato Center Describes Success of Improved Potato Varieties [viewed]

13 April 2011: The International Potato Center (CIP) has released a news release that outlines improved food security due in part to late blight resistant potato varieties, Pallay Poncho and Puka Lliclla, developed by CIP.

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UNECE Convenes Second Workshop on Water and Adaptation in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

11 April 2011: The second workshop on water and adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins was organized in the framework of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention) from 12-13 April 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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