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The Green Fiscal Policy Network organizes regional workshops and other events on topics related to the role of fiscal policies in the transition to an inclusive green economy. Information on upcoming, recent and past events organised by the Network, our partners and other organisations can be found below.

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October 2017

Climate Change 2017: Politics, Progress and Potential

October 9, 2017 @ 9:30 am - October 10, 2017 @ 1:30 pm BST
Chatham House, 10 St James's Square
London, SW1Y 4LE United Kingdom
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This 21st annual Chatham House Climate Change conference centers around the question of whether and how the ambition of policy-makers to take action on climate change needs to be reassessed in the context of Brexit and the new US presidential administration. Topics include the current extent of carbon pricing schemes and the prospects for expansion, climate change-related risks to financial markets and efforts to manage these and the problem of under-realized mitigation opportunities (such as land use, international transport and…

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September 2017

Technical expert group on fossil fuel subsidy indicator for SDG12c

September 29, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm CEST

In the context of monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Environment is the custodian of indicator 12.c.1 on fossil fuel subsidies. To support the development of a methodology to measure fossil fuel subsidies, UN Environment, in collaboration with the Italian G7 Presidency, convened a meeting of technical experts on 29 September 2017 in Rome, Italy. UN Environment commissioned and presented a methodological options paper, which is being developed by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) and the Organizations…

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Meeting of the Platform for a Strategic Dialogue on Carbon Markets

September 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am - September 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm CEST
Società Geografica Italiana, Società Geografica Italiana, Via della Navicella, 12
Rome, 00184 Italy
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On 27-28 September, Italy, as the 2017 G7 Environment Presidency and co-chaired with Germany, a Second Meeting of the Platform for a Strategic Dialogue on Carbon Markets in Villa Celimontana at the Società Geografica Italiana. In addition to the G7 countries, participants included approximately 70 officials coming from 9 non-G7 Countries and 10 International Organizations engaged in utilizing carbon markets. The goal of the meeting was to facilitate an open dialogue between countries on subjects relating to carbon markets, to consolidate…

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18th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET18)

September 27, 2017 - September 29, 2017
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, 245 E. Ina Rd.
Tucson, AZ AZ 85704 United States
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The Global Conference on Environmental Taxation (GCET) has been held every year since 2000, bringing together specialists from around the world and providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and research findings on environmental taxation and other market-based instruments. GCET18 was hosted by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and focused on Innovation Addressing Climate Change Challenges: Local and Global Perspectives. Topics explored at the conference included: Climate change policy, biodiversity protection, environmental stewardship, pollution…

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July 2017

The Uncertain Transition Away From Coal — Stories from China and the United States

July 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Woodrow Wilson Center – 6th Floor, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA United States

After many years of US-China collaboration on clean energy and greenhouse gas mitigation, the world’s two largest energy consumers have found themselves at the crossroads and taking different paths. The Trump administration has demonstrated an intent to funnel new policy support toward coal fired power and to cut back programs that encourage renewables. China, while still expected to lead the world in coal consumption for the foreseeable future, is undergoing a massive transformation in its coal sector. This event organized…

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Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

July 12, 2017 - July 21, 2017
Columbia University New York, United States

This annual Executive Training is organised by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). The program focuses on responsible investment in the agriculture sector, exploring some of the challenges and opportunities including developing robust legal and fiscal frameworks; negotiating equitable deals with investors; leveraging investments for greater sustainable development outcomes; and mitigating environmental impacts while protecting human rights. For further details about the programme, visit the CCSI website.

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June 2017

Energy Transitions, Fossil Fuel Subsidies and International Law

June 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CEST
Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati, 50139 Firenze, Italy

Climate scientists have argued that oil, gas and coal reserves must remain unexploited to limit global warming increases to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Yet governments are continuing to provide financial support for the increased production and consumption of such reserves. This lecture organised by the European University Institute (EUI) by Dr Margaret A. Young (Associate Professor, Melbourne Law School) demonstrates that states have fragmented international legal obligations regarding support for fossil fuel production. It traverses the trade regime's…

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International Conference: Unlocking Private Finance for Energy Efficiency and Greener, Low-Carbon Growth in the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia Countries

June 29, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Senne Ballroom, Marriott Hotel Grand Place, Rue Auguste Orts 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

This conference, jointly organized by OECD, UNECE, UN Environment and UNIDO, will identify key challenges and ways forward to better align financial mechanisms with policy reforms to speed and scale up green investments in support of energy efficient and low-carbon growth, new business opportunities and green jobs in the Eastern Partnership countries and Central Asia. Topics to be discussed include: the lessons learned from mobilising capital markets to finance the transition to a green economy; the role of public authorities in…

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Measures to Address Marine Plastic Debris

June 7, 2017 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Conference Room 7, UNHQ, New York New York, United States

This side-event at the Oceans Conference is organised by the Ministry for Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. For further information, visit the website of The Oceans Conference.

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Fisheries subsidies – The path toward a sustainable global agreement

June 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
Conference Room 6, UNHQ, New York New York, United States

Fisheries subsidies are estimated to amount to $35 billion, of which a large proportion directly or indirectly contributes to over-fishing. These subsidies have perverse impacts on the environment, food security, poverty elimination, livelihoods, employment and the economy. This side event organised by UNCTAD, FAO and UN Environment at the The Ocean Conference discussed pathways to achieve a global agreement that ends such subsidies to level the playing field, protect oceans and their valued resources. For further information visit website of…

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