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Event: IRENA Media Workshops on Renewable Energy at Durban Climate Change Conference [viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in partnership with the South African Ministry of Energy, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the South African Renewables Initiative, is convening a series of media workshops during the Durban Climate Change Conference, to inform journalists on key issues facing the renewable energy sector. The workshops will feature briefings by experts from the private sector, government, international organisations and news media. Experts will provide the latest information on investment trends in renewables, innovative financing solutions, and impacts of renewables on jobs and economic growth. Resource materials will bring together key facts and figures, and highlight opportunities for news reporting. The workshops will consist of of six two-hour sessions, exploring the following issues: Financing Renewables to Scale – Lessons from South Africa and Elsewhere (December 1, 10:00-12:00); Access to Energy – What Role for Renewable Energy? (December 5, 10:00-12:00); Energy Subsidies – How Much is Being Spent, and to What Effect? (December 5, 17:00-18:30); Barriers to Renewable Energy – What are They and How Can They Be Overcome? (December 6, 10:00-12:00); Unlocking the Door to a Green Economy – Renewable Energy, Job Creation and Economic Growth (December 7, 10:00-12:00); and Renewable Energy in Africa, organized by the South African Department of Energy (December 8, 10:00-12:00). Speakers include: Adnan Z Amin, Director-General, IRENA; George Mnguni, Deputy Director General, South African Department of Energy; Ogunlade Davidson, Minister of Energy, Sierra Leone; Philippe Benoit, Head of Energy Efficiency and Environment, International Energy Agency; Kirsty Hamilton, Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House; Sakkie Leimecke, Lead Principal: Energy, Nedbank; and high-level government representatives. Journalists should register their interest by sending an email with name, affiliation, contact details, and workshop/s of interest to: mediaworkshops@irena.org.  

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UNDP-EU Partnership Focus on Low Emission Capacity Building [viewed]

UNDPNovember 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the European Commission (EU) and the Government of Germany (BMU), is implementing the EU-UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme in 14 countries. The initiative aims to strengthen technical and institutional capacities at the country level and facilitate the integration of public and private sector activities to address climate change.

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SPC, GIZ to Finance Adaptation Activities to Conserve Fisheries [viewed]

Jimmie Rodgers, SPC Director-General, and Robert Kressirer, GIZ Country Director (Philippines and the Pacific)24 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have signed two financing agreements, committing the two organizations to provide assistance to Pacific coastal communities to adapt to the effects of climate change through improved conservation and sustainable use of fisheries resources.    

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World Bank Launches Climate Data Access Portal, Launches Apps Competition [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2011: The World Bank has launched a new Climate Change Knowledge Portal as part of its Open Data Initiative, which links users to over 250 climate indicators and includes visualization tools depicting temperature and rainfall scenarios to the year 2100.

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World Bank Approves Additional Financing for Turkey's Electricity from Renewables Program [viewed]

World Bank22 November 2011: The World Bank has approved additional financing for US$500 million to tap Turkey's significant renewable energy potential from hydro, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and other resources.

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UNDP Africa Adaptation Programme Awards Media Fellowship on Climate Change [viewed]

UNDP Africa Adaptation Programme Awards Media Fellowship on Climate ChangeNovember 2011: The Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has awarded media fellowships to nine African journalists to attend and report on the negotiations at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa.

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UNFCCC to Showcase "Lighthouse Projects" in Developing Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC to Showcase "Lighthouse Projects" in Developing Countries (photo courtesy of the UNFCCC Secretariat)22 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat will launch a new initiative called “Momentum for Change” at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. The aim of the initiative is to highlight projects in developing countries that help put the world on a more climate-resilient and low-carbon path while also improving peoples' lives.

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UN/ISDR Awards Swedish City Role Model Status for Flood Protection [viewed]

UN/ISDR Awards Swedish City Role Model Status for Flood Protection22 November 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has awarded the municipality of Kristianstad, Sweden, with role model status for its efforts in flood protection. A city is designated by UN/ISDR as a role model when it demonstrates good practices in building resilience and safety in at least five out of the Ten Essentials of the "Making My City Resilient" campaign.

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GEF SGP and Australian Aid Launch CBA Project for SIDS [viewed]

SGP21 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) held a three-day workshop for National Coordinators of small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to launch the implementation of its SIDS Community-Based Adaptation project.

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ECLAC, BMZ Sign Agreement to Cooperate on Low-Carbon Growth and Social Equity [viewed]

ECLAC-BMZ18 November 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have signed an agreement to launch a two-year cooperation program on low-carbon economic growth and social cohesion in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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