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  • posted on November 20, 2012
    Participants at the 24th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 24) to the Montreal Protocol could not reach agreement on controlling HFCs. Many stressed that because the Protocol introduced HFCs as a substitute, parties have a responsibility to address the harmful climatic effects of these chemicals. Others oppose including HFCs within the Protocol, arguing that tackling HFCs is outside the Protocol’s mandate.
  • posted on November 20, 2012
    Projects and programs in the Work Program that are focused on climate change include: global support for preparation of national communications and biennial update reports for non-Annex I Parties under the UNFCCC (UNDP/UNEP); an Umbrella Programme for National Communication to the UNFCCC (UNEP); Low-Carbon Urban Mobility for Large Cities in Brazil (IADB); Enabling China to Prepare Its Third National Communication (3NC) and Biennial Update Report to the UNFCCC (UNDP); and Geothermal Power Generation Program in Djibouti (World Bank).
  • posted on November 20, 2012
    ICAO reports on initiatives focused on four key areas, including on: States' action plans and assistance to States; sustainable alternative fuels for aviation; market-based measures; and global aspirational goals. The submission to the UNFCCC presented by IMO highlights that its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has been considering as part of its agenda actions to address GHG emissions from ships engaged in international trade.
  • posted on November 20, 2012
    The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) released the "State of the Nile River Basin Report 2012" to guide policy making within the Nile River basin. The report covers issues including ecosystems and biodiversity, hydropower, navigation, climate change and agriculture. The report identifies challenges such as increased pressure on environmental resources, water scarcity and increasing population.
  • posted on November 17, 2012
    This event on Sustainable Pro-poor Development of Aviation Biofuels aims to promote discussion between global stakeholders to discuss development of the aviation biofuels industry to assure its sustainability and that it maintains a pro-poor focus. The target audience for this event is a diverse range of stakeholders, such as policy makers, governments, international and multilateral development organizations, private sector, academia, civil society and media.
  • posted on November 16, 2012
    A report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) Implementing Agreement for co-operation on Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and Programmes (IA-HEV) offers a snapshot of hybrid and electric vehicles (H&EVs) around the world, and explores global growth in the H&EV market in 2011, reporting sales of 1.2 million electric vehicles, including e-bikes and scooters, and 2.5 million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in that year.
  • posted on November 12, 2012
    Fifty participants from 20 African countries convened at UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters for the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) regional launch in Africa. Motivated by high rates of vehicle growth in Africa, the workshop aimed to identify policy shortcomings and the need to monitor vehicle import trends as a strategy to promote fuel efficient cars.Participants considered the results from two GFEI country pilots in Kenya and Ethiopia, which demonstrated the potential for African countries to take advantage of improvements in the vehicle fuel economy.
  • posted on November 6, 2012
    The Contracting Parties to the London Convention and London Protocol, during their 34th Consultative Meeting, issued a statement of concern regarding ocean fertilization and a reported incident of deliberate ocean fertilization activity off the west coast of Canada. In addition, as part of the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the London Convention, Parties celebrated the “strong legacy of tangible successes” left by this international convention.
  • posted on November 6, 2012
    Participants in a recent meeting of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) initiated a new programme to reduce sulphur levels in fuel and tackle diesel emissions, and agreed to complete a lead phase-out campaign.
  • posted on October 23, 2012
    In January 2012, Secretary General (SG) Ban Ki-moon announced that the post-2015 framework for sustainable development would be an important priority in the Action Agenda for his second term. Transport was listed as one of six building blocks for sustainable development.
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