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Austria: Court Allows Marriage Equality

6 December 2017 The Austrian Constitutional Court ruling on December 4, 2017, that a ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional is a powerful victory for equal marriage rights, Human Rights Watch said today. It is the first time a Constitutional Court in Europe has held that the exclusion of gay people from civil marriage is unconstitutional. There, the rules underpinning the Paris Agreement will be finalized and countries can signal their commitments to enhance national climate plans by 2020. Encouraging news on the sidelines of the negotiations added helpful momentum. New WRI research found that 49 countries have already peaked their emissions. A new coalition of countries pledged to phase out the burning of coal by 2030, or never start in the first place. The world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund, based in Norway, offered a proposal to divest from oil and gas holdings, which could have significant ripple effects. The Kigali Amendment crossed the 20 country threshold for entry into force, under which all countries have agreed to replace hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), powerful greenhouse gases, with climate safe alternatives. Despite the Trump administration’s stated intention to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, American businesses, cities, states and others showed up to give a full throated endorsement of climate action. Partnerships will be undertaken to facilitate the exchange of climate policy options, to advance bilateral cooperation on investment and to contribute to improving public awareness. They will cover small projects at the national level, study visits, workshops and business forums. These new partnerships are a reflection that cooperation between major economies is necessary to achieve the objectives that have been agreed. Climate change requires a decisive and confident response from all major economies, as they represent a large share of global population, economic output and greenhouse gas emissions.

Vattenfall Welcomes EU Agreement on Emissions Trading

24 November 2017 A stronger CO2 price signal will support Vattenfall in implementing its fossil fuel free strategy. It took another long night of intensive talks between the EU institutions, but finally, a political agreement on the new European emissions trading directive, EU ETS, was successfully concluded, early Thursday morning. The agreement on the EU ETS directive for Phase 4 (2021 2030) means that there is now a process to gradually reduce the number of emissions allowances supplied to the market by 2.2 percent per year from 2021. Another important part of the new agreement is that a significant amount of surplus ETS allowances will be taken out from the market, which will trigger further CO2 emission reductions in the covered sectors. ( The decision on the EU ETS reform comes timely as a message to the ongoing COP23 summit in Bonn on that the EU is determined to deliver on its climate target for 2030. However, to fully align with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, including the aim to limit global warming to 1.5 the EU will have to introduce a steeper annual reduction of the ETS allowance cap than 2.2 percent per year. The directive needs to be formally confirmed by the EU Council and the EU Parliament before it comes into power.

Human rightsUNESCO Commemorates 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a focus on freedom of expression

8 December 2017 Events at UNESCO Headquarters focusing on the safety of journalists and human rights in the modern world on 12 December will mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which informs all of the Organization work all year, every year.

The event is organized with the Group of Friends on the Protection of Journalists (a group of Member States of UNESCO committed to strengthening the protection of media workers and the accountability for the crimes committed against them, with counterpart groups in New York and Geneva). El Salvador has become the latest country to endorse the international political commitment known as the Safe Schools Declaration. The commendation was issued on 15 November by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), an inter agency coalition formed in 2010 to address the issue of targeted attacks on education during armed conflict. GCPEA reports that a series of attacks on schools and universities has occurred in 28 countries experiencing armed conflict and insecurity since 2013. The use of schools and universities by armed forces and armed groups is also widespread. The 71 endorsing countries are from all regions of the world, and include countries that are at war and at peace. Governments that endorse the Declaration commit to using the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict as a practical tool to guide their behavior during military operations.
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