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[en] Report of a meeting of NeVER (the Dutch Energy Law Association) on 8 February 2010 at the Dutch Competition Authority in The Hague, the Netherlands. During this meeting, 2 speakers, who had also attended COP15 in Copenhagen, held speeches about their experiences with informative and stimulating issues in Copenhagen. Does the climate issue benefit from a global approach? How did the negotiations proceed behind the scenes? Are there any positive results worth mentioning as opposed to the critical notes.
[nl]Verslag van een bijeenkomst van NeVER (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Energierecht) op 8 februari 2010 bij de NMa in Den Haag. Tijdens de bijeenkomst hebben 2 sprekers, die aanwezig waren bij de COP15 in Kopenhagen, voordrachten gehouden over hun ervaringen in Kopenhagen met wetenswaardige en prikkelende kwesties. Is het klimaatprobleem gebaat bij een mondiale aanpak? Hoe verliepen de onderhandelingen achter de schermen? Zijn naast de kritiek ook positieve resultaten te benoemen?.
[en] In this introduction to ''Nuclear Weapons in Europe'', the author summarized the views of two Americans and two Europeans, whose articles make up the volume. The introduction explains the different assumptions of the four authors before discussing their views on the military and political rationales for a nuclear force in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the debate over battlefield nuclear weapons, conventional defense, and arms control proposals and talks. The four contributors whose views are analyzed are William G. Hyland, Lawrence D. Freeman, Paul C. Warnke, and Karstan D. Voight. The introduction notes that the agreements and differences do not fall strictly on American versus European dividing lines
[en] Major United States initiatives for Chornobyl and Slavutych: Slavutych division of the International Chornobyl Center; international radioecology laboratory; nuclear, fire and workers safety upgrade at Chornobyl nuclear power plant; Chornobyl closure; Ukraine off-site training and emergency center; Slavutych-Richland community partnership program; employment transition services and economic development; Slavutych energy efficiency program; Slavutych business incubator; Chornobyl management interactions with hanford site; humanitarian assistance for Slavutych
[en] The Stockholm Conference, a new Secretary-General, and a generally relaxed level of tensions make this a good time for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to reevaluate and reform its nuclear policy. One step would be to determine which measures NATO could undertake on a unilateral basis and which require negotiation with the Soviet Union and a process of verification. A first step could be the unilateral withdrawal of short-range nuclear battlefield systems. Other steps could be to abandon dual-capable delivery systems, leaving a clear differentiation between systems which deliver nuclear and conventional weapons, and to adopt a no-first-use policy. Before taking these risks, however, NATO must develop greater internal self-confidence
[en] This document describes the national implementation strategy which is a part of the coordinated national response to climate change. The approach was developed from the National Climate Change process, established by the federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for energy and the environment, based on an examination of the impacts, costs and benefits of implementing the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the options for addressing climate change. The Strategy involves (1) taking action to reduce risks and to improve our understanding of risks associated with climate change, (2) institution of a national framework that includes individual and joint action, while recognizing jurisdictional flexibility in responding to unique circumstances, (3) adopting a phased approach, (4) progressive action in response to changing domestic and international circumstances, (5) clear understanding of the necessary relationship between international and national strategies, (6) developing an understanding of the implications of emission reduction targets and major options, including cross-cutting policy approaches such as emissions trading and allocation of responsibility for reducing emissions. The Strategy uses a risk-management approach that attempts to limit the risks of climate change while maximizing opportunities for Canada to contribute to global and national solutions. This approach incorporates improving scientific and analytical understanding and co-ordinating national and international action and a phased approach to implementation. This policy document focuses on Phase One actions which consist of five connected themes, i. e. enhancing awareness and understanding, promoting technology development and innovation, governments leading by example, investing in knowledge and building the foundation, and encouraging action. Future phases will be linked to greater international certainty based on ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, the actions of our trading partners and greater domestic clarity concerning major policy approaches. The document also contains three annexes on science, impact and adaption (Annex 1); the international context (Annex 2); and domestic context for action on climate change (Annex 3). A three-year rolling business plan approach was adopted by the ministers to implement the national strategy, with each consecutive business plan enhancing the actions implemented previously and adopting new actions, where appropriate
[en] The current international climate negotiations (including CoP-6,recently held in The Hague, Netherlands) are mainly concerned with short term actions and barriers, and are experiencing considerable difficulties, as was once again revealed in The Hague. But we should not forget that keeping climate risks under control also demands a long term perspective. Such a perspective demands an estimate of both possible consequences and risks of climate change, and the possible solutions, in terms of strategies, policy measures, consequences and costs. 2 refs
[en] An issue everyone of us is nowadays trying to define is how to interpret the agreement and the messages from Kyoto. Opinions differ, from those which dispute the impacts of energy use in relation to climate change, to enthusiasm that some proper steps have finally been undertaken in limiting and directing both the social and energy sector development according to the concept of sustainable development and environmental protection. We hope that Forum will be another step in considering the role of Kyoto and in defining how each one of us, each company, each local community, each country and all of us together through international institutions could succeed in giving Kyoto its rightful dimension. Such a dimension would prompt technological development, the creation of a high-quality legislation, changes in the ways of thinking considering energy and environmental management, improvements in education and availability of information
[en] This fact sheet outlines the principles underlying Canada's position at the sixth Conference of Parties (COP6) regarding climate change. Capsule descriptions of the Canadian view on carbon sinks (advocating a broader inclusion of sink activities), application of the flexibility mechanisms (the Clean Development Mechanism, Joint Implementation and International Emissions Trading), the issue of compliance (Canada favoring strong incentives to ensure compliance), and strengthening the capacity of developing countries to enhance their contribution to fighting climate change (Canada acknowledging that capacity building and technology transfer needs to be a central part of the global approach to combating climate change)