Energy

UNGA High-Level Debate Opens with Focus on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

25 September 2012: The 67th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate opened with speakers recognizing linkages between peace and security and sustainable development. They highlighted the importance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and noted the role of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in mobilizing action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and forming a post-2015 development agenda.

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BCIE, UNDP Share Lessons Learned Supporting Green Businesses in Central America [viewed]

4 September 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) and the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean organized a symposium on "Sharing Lessons of Green Business for Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Climate Change," from 23-24 August 2012, in the City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama.

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New Commitments Announced at High-level SE4ALL Event [viewed]

24 September 2012: A high-level luncheon on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) spotlighted updates and announcements on the three goals of the initiative related to access, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Members of the SE4ALL High-Group, its technical group, and other partners outlined actions and new commitments made after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and plans for the future. The luncheon was followed by a high-level panel event on SE4ALL.

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ELEC2012 Focuses on Renewable Energy Issues [viewed]

7 September 2012: The II Latin American and the Caribbean Electricity Seminar ("ELEC2012") focused on challenges posed to power generation and distribution systems in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) by renewable energy technologies.

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SICA Nations Discuss Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Use in Housing [viewed]

August 2012: A Central American Integration System (SICA) workshop has resulted in a series of initial draft guidelines on sustainable energy solutions in the design and construction of Central American and Dominican housing projects.

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IAEA Newsletter Highlights Isotope Hydrology Projects [viewed]

September 2012: The September edition of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Isotope Hydrology Section newsletter features articles on, inter alia: the IAEA water availability enhancement project (IWAVE); new approaches to interpreting precipitation stable isotope ratio variation; and projects in the Central African Republic and Colombia.

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IDB Buildings Earn LEED Green Building Certification [viewed]

IDBAugust 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Headquarters buildings in Washington, DC, US and its Country Office located in San Jose, Costa Rica have obtained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as environmentally sustainable structures. 

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UNEP, Basel Center, UNIDO Launch Sustainable Lighting Project in Uruguay [viewed]

August 2012: Uruguay has launched a national project for energy efficient lighting, supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Basel Coordinating Center-Stockholm Convention Regional Center (BCCC-SCRC) for Latin America and the Caribbean, the en.lighten Initiative, and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

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Event: Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund [viewed]

The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will take place in Lima, Peru, in October 2015. The Annual Meetings bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

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Technology Needs Assessment Workshop Participants Share Regional Experiences [viewed]

15 September 2012: The Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) for Climate Change Experience Sharing Workshop aimed to: showcase best TNA practices; get feedback from participating countries on conducting and reporting TNAs and Technology Action Plans (TAPs); enhance capacity of National TNA Coordinators in project proposal development; and facilitate interaction between country representatives and the funding community.

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