Among other sessions, the committee to facilitate implementation and promote compliance under the Paris Agreement held its first meeting, and lead reviewers of biennial reports and national communications met to share experiences.
Speakers highlighted the importance of action in 2020, including for countries to submit their enhanced NDCs by the end of the year.
The UNFCCC convened a series of virtual events in early June 2020 to maintain momentum for climate action. The events allowed for an exchange of...
People are consuming more than ever. Our choices are having an unprecedented impact on the environment. The jeans, skirts or suits we wear, the pharmaceuticals and cosmetics we use, the food and drink we consume – all of these products have an impact, to varying degrees, on the environment. We need to think carefully about how we can meet our daily needs more efficiently and we need to provide the answers quickly.
We all depend to some extent on trees,...
June 04, 2020 |
• The COVID-19 crisis threatens long-lasting changes to the way we work. It is affecting employees and employers everywhere.
• The impact so far has been considerable but varies sharply according to industry and country. The latest data show that half the global workforce is at risk of losing their livelihoods.
• There are major concerns regarding the ongoing viability of companies, large and small. Some are in short-term survival mode – others are accelerating strategies to digitalise...
June 02, 2020 |
• The project will implement UN solutions, standards, guidelines, metrics, tools, and methodologies to help developing countries build transport, trade, and logistics resilience in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The project is comprised of three clusters to match standards and best practices in transport and trade facilitation, taking into account new concerns related to cross-border freight transport operations and trade transactions as a result of COVID-19: contactless solutions and good practices; maximizing connectivity; and the...
May 28, 2020 | By Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director, IMF
“As Prepared for Delivery”
I thank Minister Annamuhammedov and Ms. Elena Panova for their kind invitation to participate in this conference. It is not accidental that this conference is taking place in Ashgabat. Turkmenistan was one of the first countries to have formally accepted all Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations and has been integrating these goals into its national plans for socio-economic development.
Achieving SDGs is an important...
Brussels, 29 May 2019
Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe (BEV-E), a new €100 million investment fund was established by the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures during the Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
The fund will help develop innovative European companies and bring radically new clean energy technologies to the market. It will support Europe's best clean energy entrepreneurs whose solutions can deliver significant and lasting reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The first of...
As we celebrate the EU Single Market’s 25th anniversary, it is important to take stock of the enviable economic growth and welfare it has brought to Europe, while also acknowledging that new areas need to be prioritised so that the Single Market can remain fit for purpose in the 21st century.
Furthermore, sustaining higher rates of investment and improving the business environment in complementarity to the Single Market is an integral part of the EU’s ambitious Investment Plan for Europe – widely...
The aim of this new agreement is to provide financing on favourable terms for small projects
Ensuring that credit reaches entrepreneurs and young people wanting to turn their ideas into a business is the objective behind the agreement signed between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO). The EIB will provide EUR 400m to ICO, which will in turn contribute an additional EUR 400m of its own, meaning that the financing volume available to micro-enterprises (with...
Cleaner cars, more European films on streaming services and concerns about the state of rule of law were among the highlight of this week’s plenary session. New cars from 2030 onward should emit 40% less CO2 than in 2021 and at least 35% of them should be electric or hybrid, MEPs proposed on Wednesday.
On Tuesday Parliament approved new EU audiovisual media services rules that will better protect children and support European productions.
That same day MEPs voted in favour of cancelling €70 million in pre-accession funds to Turkey, saying...
In a joint statement the European Union and United Nations have expressed their determination to further strengthen their cooperation. "At a time of unprecedented and pressing global challenges, the United Nations and the European Union continue to engage together as positive forces for change to promote and renew full commitment to multilateralism and a rules-based global order, in line with their respective mandates, and to work closely for stability and prosperity to promote a safer and better world for...