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Government appoints new Climate Panel, Markku Ollikainen to continue as Chair

2019-12-19
The Government appointed a new Climate Panel today, to be chaired by Markku Ollikainen, Professor of Environmental and Resources Economics at the University of Helsinki, who also chaired the previous Panel. The new Panel has a total of 15 members, ten of whom are new. The Panel will elect a deputy chair from among its members. The Panel’s working term will be 1 January 2020–31 December 2023.

Culmination of Finland’s Presidency: EU environment ministers to discuss European Green Deal and biodiversity

2019-12-18
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen will chair the meeting of the EU Environment Council in Brussels on 19 December. The environment ministers are due to discuss the EU’s environmental and climate policy priorities for the coming years. The aim is to adopt conclusions that will offer guidance for the EU on halting the global loss of biodiversity. In 2020, the countries of the world are set to agree on new common targets for biodiversity.

Madrid Climate Change Conference ends with disappointment

2019-12-16
The Madrid climate change conference ended with disappointment on Sunday afternoon. The only decision on the rules for the market mechanisms, which was the main topic, was a procedural one. This means the market mechanism rules will be discussed at the next conference in November 2020. There is now, however, a good basis for the discussions.

Minister Mikkonen on the Green Deal: the EU is rebuilding its economy to solve the sustainability crisis

2019-12-11
“The Green Deal is an important first step in rebuilding the EU economy on a sustainable foundation. This is the only way to resolve the climate crisis, halt the decline of biodiversity and safeguard wellbeing. This proposal comes at a critical time. It also sends a strong signal to the international community that the EU is committed to leadership in tackling the climate crisis, said Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen at the Madrid Climate Conference.

UN Climate Change Conference to kick off in Madrid on Monday 2 December – Finland leading the EU in negotiations

2019-11-25
The Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change will meet in Madrid, Spain, on 2–13 December. This UN Climate Conference will be the last one before the term of the Paris Agreement begins in 2020. The negotiations will focus particularly on the rules for international market mechanisms. Other topics on the agenda will include the evaluation of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage and the review of the Gender Action Plan.
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Published 2019-05-24 at 13:44, updated 2019-05-27 at 13:38