>> Historic Milestone Reached in Global Fight Against Mercury Pollution
>> Success of Paris Agreement Depends on Broad-Based Engagement
>> Transport Sector Is "Off Track" to Sustainability
>> EU4Energy partners discuss key regional energy infrastructure projects
Historic Milestone Reached in Gl
Historic Milestone Reached in
Global Fight Against Mercury Pollution
In a landmark display of international cooperation, more than 160 countries
committed to tackling one of the world's greatest chemical health threats at the
first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on
The world's first environmental and health treaty in a decade saw many countries
pledge political and financial support to help reduce and eliminate mercury, a
heavy metal affecting the health of millions of people worldwide from Guyana and
Kiribati, to Uganda and Japan.
In her opening speech, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard,
described the Minamata Convention as a success of multilateralism, “The Minamata
Convention is a global solution to a global challenge. From now on the name
Minamata will no longer only be associated with a problem, but with a solution,"
Opening the high-level segment, Erik Solheim Head of UN Environment said that in
order to really address the mercury challenge solutions had to be integrated
into public health and environmental strategies at all levels - from local to
international - and embodied into the wider pollution control agenda. He called
on ministers and delegates to use the tragic legacy of Minamata to propel the
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Success of Paris Agreement Depen
Success of Paris Agreement Depends
on Broad-Based Engagement
Achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and true sustainable
development will take broad-based engagement, especially by the private sector
to drive innovation and investment, participants at the opening of Latin
American and Caribbean Carbon Forum in Mexico City were told.
Mexico suffered a serious earthquake last month that resulted in terrible loss
of life and destruction. Mexico and Mexico City nonetheless pushed through with
LACCF 2017, which has brought together private and public sector participants
looking for ways to spur climate action under the theme Advancing the Paris
Agreement – From Targets to Actions.
“I think what has happened, and what is happening, underscores how vulnerable we
are as human beings,” said Enrique Lendo, Head of International Affairs,
Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico, reflecting on the
earthquake and the numerous destructive hurricanes that have occurred in recent
months. “They are a sign we need to renew our efforts, and strengthen our
efforts,” said Mr. Lendo, citing innovative policy choices, such as carbon
pricing and market-based instruments to drive investment in climate action,
before officially opening LACCF 2017.
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Transport Sector Is
Transport Sector Is "Off Track" to
The transport sector is not on track towards achieving sustainable mobility,
according to the Global Mobility Report launched today.
The Global Mobility Report is the first ever assessment of the transport sector.
It was produced by the Sustainable Mobility for All initiative (SuM4All)—a
worldwide consortium of over 50 leading organizations in the transport sector.
The Global Mobility Report covers all transport modes. It tracks progress
towards sustainable mobility around the world in four areas:
about 450 million people in Africa— or more than 70% of its total rural
population—are estimated to have been left unconnected to transport.
transporting a container of avocados from Kenya to the Netherlands requires
200 interactions and more than 20 documents, at a cost equal to that of
shipping. Efficient supply chains can increase farmer income 10-100%.
Safety: almost 1.3
million people die on the world’s roads every year and tens of millions are
seriously injured. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among
young people aged 15-29.
transport emits 23% of all energy-related greenhouse gases; its CO2
emissions could grow by 40% by 2040.
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EU4Energy partners discuss key r
EU4Energy partners discuss key
regional energy infrastructure projects
Twenty representatives of five Eastern Partnership countries – Armenia, Belarus,
Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – met on 23 October to discuss
regional energy infrastructure projects. The meeting, which brought together
representatives of the countries’ energy ministries, gas and electricity
transmission system operators and oil infrastructure operators, was organised by
the Energy Community as part of the EU4Energy Governance project.
Among the projects discussed were proposals aimed at connecting the Southern
Caucasus region and Ukraine with their neighbouring countries to the west. As a
result of the meeting, the participants agreed to reopen the call for candidate
projects of regional and strategic significance within the EU4Energy Governance
The EU4Energy Initiative is part of the Eastern Partnership. In this specific
initiative, the European Union works with the six Eastern Partner countries
(Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), as
well as the five states of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), to improve energy supply, security and
connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables
in the region.
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