Announcement / Statement

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre Opens in West Africa [viewed]

6 July 2010: A new regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) opened in Praia, Cape Verde, on 6 July. The Centre is supported by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Governments of Austria, Cape Verde and Spain, as well as through a special partnership between Brazil and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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UNIDO Urges Kazakhstan to Invest in Renewable Energy [viewed]

2 July 2010: During an official visit to Kazakhstan, Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), urged Kazakhstan to increase energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources in order to de-carbonize the power sector, help promote energy security and address climate change issues.

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UN-REDD Supports Governance Systems for REDD+ [viewed]

2 July 2010: The UN-REDD Programme has provided an overview of activities undertaken to support improvement of national governance systems for the successful implementation of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks ( REDD+).

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International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources Opens Call for Proposals [viewed]

July 2010: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has opened its biennial call for proposals to access funds from the $10 million Benefit-sharing Fund. The thematic focus for this call is on ensuring sustainable food security by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change through activities related to the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.

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UNIDO Outlines Priority Cooperation Areas in Azerbaijan [viewed]

29 June 2010: During an official visit to Azerbaijan, Kandeh Yumkella, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General, highlighted that energy and environment remain a priority area of cooperation.

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World Bank Appoints Special Envoy for Climate Change [viewed]

25 June 2010: Robert Zoellick, World Bank President, announced the appointment of Andrew Steer as Special Envoy for Climate Change, a new position created for focused leadership and representation of the World Bank in the international climate change discussions.

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UNFCCC Launches Call for CDM Experts [viewed]

24 June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a call for experts on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to assist the Secretariat in certain aspects of the CDM process.

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UNEP Calls for Green Economy Focus at G-20 Summit [viewed]

23 June 2010: Ahead of the G-20 Summit convening in Toronto, Canada, on 26-27 June 2010, Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, and Pavan Sukhdev, Head of the UNEP Green Economy Initiative, published an editorial emphasizing the importance for G-20 leaders to take action on the transition to a Green Economy.

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WMO Grants Awards for Scientific Contributions [viewed]

18 June 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has awarded the International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize to several scientists at the 62nd meeting of its Executive Council, taking place from 8-18 June 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Draft IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Available for Review [viewed]

18 June 2010: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has sent out its Second Order Draft of the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation for government and expert review.

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