Meeting

Event: Infrastructure for Climate Change: The Challenge of Constructing Infrastructure Systems for a New Environmental Reality [viewed]

This one-day meeting, sponsored by the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) and organized by CAF and the Colombian Government, will bring together government representatives from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, representatives from various regional and international organizations, as well as experts from Asia, the US, Latin America and Europe to discuss the challenges posed by climate change and extreme weather events to Latin American water, energy, transport, housing and health infrastructure. The meeting also will launch a "Center of thought on Infrastructure for Climate Change" to act as a permanent high-level consultative center composed of national and international experts, devoted to the issue of making Latin American infrastructure climate-resilient.  

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Event: Bogota Summit: Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

Organized by the Mayor of Bogota, with support from the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the French Embassy, the French Development Agency (AFD), Avina Foundation, FINDETER bank, the El Tiempo news group, UN-HABITAT and others, this summit aims to bring together experts, finance organizations, international organizations and Latin American regional, national and municipal leaders to discuss concrete actions Latin American cities can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change and convert them into resilient, low-carbon cities. The conference will include a series of thematic debates and workshops on key issues, such as housing density, sustainable construction, energy efficiency, water services, risk management and mobility management.  

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Island Leaders Announce Conservation Commitments [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) hosted a leaders breakfast on 21 June 2012, on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The breakfast was attended by Heads of State or Government from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Colombia, Grenada, Indonesia, and Seychelles, who announced new conservation commitments.

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Federated States and Regions Adopt Declaration on Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication [viewed]

19 June 2012: The World Summit on Federated States and Regions adopted a declaration on the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. Discussions during the Summit addressed best practices in transitioning to a green economy, and various themes related to sustainable development, such as: energy and transport; protection of ecosystems, forests and water; and measures and indicators for a new development model.

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Event: Third IRENA General Assembly [viewed]

The third session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly, IRENA's supreme governing body, will take place on 13-14 January 2013, to finalize remaining institution-building issues, report on its progress to member states, and renew its mandate on encouraging the global uptake of renewable energy. The Assembly will immediately precede the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC), the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), and the International Water Summit 2013, which are taking place on 15-17 January 2013. These events are part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).  

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Event: World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2013 [viewed]

Hosted by Masdar, and acting as the centerpiece of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the sixth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2013 aims to bring together global leaders in policy, technology and business to discuss the state of the art, develop new ways of thinking and shape the future of renewable energy. Past WFES' have seen speeches from Heads of State and UN Agencies, and in 2012, gathered over 20,000 participants. The WFES will take place following the IRENA Assembly and simultaneously with the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC), the sixth in the IREC series, as well as with the International Water Summit, which will focus on the water-energy nexus in arid climates. These events are part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).  

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Rio+20 Adopts "The Future We Want" Outcome Document, Voluntary Pledges Reported to Reach US$513 Billion [viewed]

22 June 2012: The third and final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Pre-Conference Informal Consultations Facilitated by the Host Country, and the UNCSD convened back-to-back in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-22 June 2012. During their ten days in Rio, government delegations concluded negotiations on the Rio outcome document, titled “The Future We Want.”

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for City Day [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for City Day, on 22 June 2012. The event included three panel events on: local leadership driving global change; cities spurring change - tools and techniques for integrated urban planning; and a sustainable future for our children - the FRUSATO movement. A closing session addressed lessons learned and next steps following Rio+20.

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World Summit of Legislators Scrutinizes Sustainable Development Efforts [viewed]

globe-international17 June 2012: The First World Summit of Legislators (WSL) convened on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), beginning an international process towards monitoring governments' delivery of commitments to the sustainable development agenda.

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ESMAP Forum Highlights Alternative Approaches to Deliver Energy to the Poor [viewed]

19 June 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) organized a “Knowledge Exchange Forum” to showcase energy challenges facing developing countries.

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