Energy

IRENA Assesses Peru's Renewables Readiness [viewed]

IRENAJuly 2014: The International Renewable Agency (IRENA) has published a report titled 'Peru Renewables Readiness Assessment 2014,' which identifies actions needed to help Peru overcome barriers to renewable energy deployment.

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Event: 3rd Global Soil Week [viewed]

The 3rd Global Soil Week will provide a platform for discussions on issues related to soils and land, and facilitate the emergence of new initiatives and strengthen existing ones. The Week will be composed of workshops on topics that have emerged since the 1st Global Soil Week: carbon land management; soils and water; land rehabilitation; cities; land governance; economics of land and land degradation; land degradation neutral world (LDNW); soil and biomass for non-food purposes; and soils and food security. In addition, the agenda will include dialogues organized by various stakeholders, and lunch break dialogues with presentations on activities, ideas, research and experiences relating to soils and land. The event is hosted by the Global Soil Forum at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in partnership with several UN agencies, intergovernmental and international organizations and German government agencies.  

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Event: Caribbean Regional Workshop on Sustainable Energy Project Development [viewed]

The Organization of America States' (OAS) Department of Sustainable Development, as the executing agency for the Sustainable Energy Capacity Building Initiative (SECBI) under the framework of the Energy and Climate of the Americas (ECPA), is hosting a one-day workshop for the Caribbean on the topic 'Sustainable Energy Project Development: Experience, Strategies and Implementation'. The workshop is intended to bring together senior government energy officials with development partners and field experts to discuss experiences of past and current support for energy project and policy development in the region, as well as to identify specific country requests for assistance to address challenges to sustainable energy project development, and together with development partners to identify areas for synchronization.  

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Event: VI Latin American and the Caribbean Energy Efficiency Seminar [viewed]

The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), together with Nicaragua's Ministry of Energy and Mines, will co-host the VI Latin American and the Caribbean Energy Efficiency Seminar, which seeks to identify regional challenges to mitigating the environmental impacts of energy and to share experiences and best practices in energy efficiency. The EE 2014 seminar will include discussions of energy efficiency measures in the hydrocarbons sector, energy efficiency in public water systems, energy-efficient construction, strategies and mechanisms for the massive introduction into national markets of efficient appliances and equipment, applied measures and technologies for efficient transportation, and financing opportunities for energy efficiency in the region.  

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July 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank-AfDB-ADB-IDB-EBRD-GEFJuly 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) undertook a variety of activities during July. Projects were approved across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, addressing issues such as transboundary water management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, hydropower and climate resilience.

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OWG Concludes Work, Submits SDG Proposal to UNGA [viewed]

OWG19 July 2014: The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its work, adopting by acclamation a report containing 17 proposed SDGs and 169 targets. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration and action at its 68th session.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue Addresses Expectations for Lima [viewed]

german-ministry-logo17 July 2014: The fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue, which met under the theme 'Addressing the urgency – stepping up our contributions,' aimed to introduce new ideas in the UN climate negotiations and discuss new strategies in preparation for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. In her statement to ministers at the event, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged €750 million to climate change and the initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), noting that this is in addition to the €3.2 billion Germany has already contributed to climate efforts in recent years.

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IDB, EARTH University Open Green Youth Innovators Contest [viewed]

greenovators17 July 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the EARTH University of Costa Rica are inviting young innovators to develop projects to combat climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean in the ‘Green youth innovators contest.'

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Major Economies Forum Focuses on Finance, Nationally-Determined Contributions [viewed]

major-economies12 July 2014: Seventeen of the world's largest economies met for the 19th meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate. This iteration of the MEF focused on reaching the political consensus needed for a successful outcome at the 20th session of the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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BRICS Launch Development Bank [viewed]

vi-brics-summit16 July 2014: The Sixth BRICS Summit resulted in the establishment of the New Development Bank, which is to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies. The Summit also launched a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), and issued a declaration outlining the five countries' common position on a number of global issues, including climate change and sustainable energy.

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