Announcement / Statement

IEA Outlines Plans to Enhance Cooperation with Partner Countries in Asia [viewed]

IEA14 January 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a press release highlighting dynamics in Asia that will affect global energy trade over the next five years, as economies in the region expand and consequently energy demand rises. It also outlines co-operation with IEA partner countries in Asia aimed at addressing these challenges.

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UN-HABITAT Launches Consultation on Wastewater Management and Water Quality [viewed]

UN-HABITAT14 January 2013: UN Human Settlements Programme's (UN-HABITAT) Executive Director Joan Clos has announced the launch of a Global Consultation on Wastewater Management and Water Quality for the Post-2015 Agenda. The Consultation aims to build consensus around key water challenges related to the post-2015 development agenda.

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AfDB Energy Policy to Promote Energy Access, Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

AfDB11 January 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved its new Energy Sector Policy, providing a framework within which to promote access to modern, reliable and affordable access to energy for regional member countries (RMCs), as well as ensure that their energy sectors develop in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner. It is expected that the policy will also aid in addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.

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Finland, Germany and Norway Announce Pledges to the FCPF [viewed]

10 January 2013: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is administered by the World Bank, has received three separate financial contributions from Finland, Germany and Norway, totalling approximately US$180 million.

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AUC Chairperson Highlights Importance of Agriculture in Africa [viewed]

31 December 2012: The African Union Commission's (AUC) Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has, in her New Year Statement, underscored the economic importance of agriculture for Africa and noted the environmental challenges that need to be addressed.

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IEA Highlights Need to Reduce Energy Use from Networked Devices [viewed]

IEA7 January 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has underscored the need to reduce energy use from information and communication technology (ICT), which currently accounts for 5 percent of global electricity consumption.

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UN CC:Learn Benin Workshop Considers National Strategy to Strengthen Climate Change Learning [viewed]

UN CC:Learn19 December 2012: Participants at the Benin workshop on the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development have developed a work plan for finalizing and launching the national strategy.

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CEM Announces New Web Portal on Electric Vehicle Best Practices [viewed]

28 December 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) announced the launch of the "World EV Cities and Ecosystems" web portal, which aims to connect policy makers and practitioners for sharing electric vehicle (EV) best practices and encouraging increased cooperation in cities worldwide.

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IEA to Advise on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy in Middle East and North Africa [viewed]

IEA27 December 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has indicated plans to expand its role in advising on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Flood Prevention Funds Sought by Italy, UNISDR Reports [viewed]

18 December 2012: Reporting on recent flooding in Italy and the Italian Government's efforts to secure €40 billion over the next 15 years for flood prevention, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction - Regional Office for Europe (UNISDR EUR) highlighted the need for risk management and reduction to address known and emerging risks.

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