Energy

IRENA Launches Online Renewable Energy Learning Partnership [viewed]

IRENA24 April 2012: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched the IRENA Renewable Energy Learning Partnership (IRELP), a renewable energy education and training platform aimed at meeting the global demand for skilled, knowledgeable renewable energy personnel, particularly in the developing world.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Welcomes New Partners [viewed]

24 April 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the first meeting of the working group and the High Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition welcomed new parties to the Coalition, agreed on five initiatives for rapid implementation, and established a Trust Fund managed by the UNEP-hosted Secretariat.   

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UNCTAD Report Highlights Impacts of High Commodity and Food Prices on Developing Countries [viewed]

23 April 2011: The Commodities and Development Report 2012 of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), released during the 13th session of UNCTAD, shows that developing countries suffer from high prices for commodities and food, in particular Least Developed Countries (LDCs) that are net importers of food.

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FIP Pilot Country Meeting Evaluates REDD+ Initiatives [viewed]

23 April 2012: The third meeting of pilot countries participating in the Forest Investment Program (FIP) addressed: developing innovative approaches to invest in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+); working with the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities; and sharing views on the design and implementation of systems to monitor REDD+ investment results.

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Event: IDB Climate Change and Sustainability Day [viewed]

The Inter-American Development Bank is organizing an event on Climate Change and Sustainability on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The event is open to the private and public sectors as well as civil society. Discussions will address, among other topics: mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilient low carbon development, biodiversity, sustainable energy and the challenges of a local level sustainability agenda.  

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North American Leaders Commit to Cooperation on Energy, Chemicals and Climate [viewed]

2 April 2012: The North American Leaders Summit met in Washington DC, US, on 2 April, with the aim of advancing the economic well-being, safety and security of the US, Mexico, and Canada. The key outcome of the Summit was the Joint Statement by North American Leaders, which detailed North American cooperation on issues including energy, chemicals and climate change.

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Event: World Urban Forum 6 (WUF6) [viewed]

This Forum will focus on the theme "The Urban Future," and will feature six thematic open dialogues, including one on environment, urban mobility and energy. WUF 6 will also include a series of roundtables conducted by different peer groups, a World Urban Youth Assembly, a Gender Equality Action Assembly, and a Business Assembly.  

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Event: VI Latin American and Caribbean Biofuels Seminar [viewed]

The sixth edition of this seminar series is organized by the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) with support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), a specialized agency of the Organization of American States (OAS). The sixth Seminar will open with presentations of case studies of the evolution of public policy on biofuels and its impact on market development and new technologies in the last five years, followed by sessions on, inter alia: socioeconomic impacts of biofuels in aviation; technological advances in production of second and third generation biofuels; social participation in biodiesel production; the international biofuels market; and biorefineries. On the second day a roundtable will be held for OLADE member countries on the development of biofuels in Latin America and the Caribbean.  

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Event: Small Island Developing States Consultation on Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

Co-hosted by the Government of Barbados and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference, under the theme "Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in SIDS–Challenges, Opportunities and Commitments," and Roll-out of the Year of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) will take place in Bridgetown, Barbados. A High-Level SIDS SE4ALL Conference will take place on 7-8 May, and the SIDS Rio+20 meeting will take place on 9 May.  

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Online Multistakeholder Dialogues Opened to Feed Ideas to Rio+20 [viewed]

RIO+2017 April 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Brazil, as host of the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), opened 10 online discussions to generate ideas and set the stage for the civil society "Sustainable Development Dialogues," to be held in Rio de Janeiro, from 16-19 June 2012, immediately preceding the UNCSD.

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