Publication

OECS' RRACC Newsletter Highlights Progress in New Reducing Climate Risks Project [viewed]

January 2012: The January issue of the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) RRACC News spotlights initial OECS steps to implement the Reducing Risk to Human and Natural Assets Resulting from Climate Change (RRACC) project.

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Guest Article #73: The Phase-out of Inefficient Lighting to Mitigate Climate Change and Increase Energy Access by 2016 [viewed]

The phase-out of inefficient lighting is one of the quickest, easiest and most cost-efficient ways to combat climate change and save energy globally. Electricity for lighting accounts for almost 20% of electricity consumption and 6% of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten initiative is a globally-coordinated effort to accelerate the transition to efficient lighting to mitigate climate change.

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World Bank Publishes Guide on Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management in East Asia [viewed]

World Bank13 February 2012: The World Bank has published a guide on integrated urban flood risk management in East Asia and the Pacific, including specific tools and guidelines, as well as case studies and examples from cities in the region that are especially vulnerable to flooding in the face of long-term climate change trends.

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UNEP Year Book 2012 Highlights Soil Carbon Loss, Nuclear Power Plants Decommissioning [viewed]

UNEP9 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the UNEP Year Book 2012, which presents important events and developments from 2011 on key environmental indicators. The Year Book details two emerging issues, the benefits of soil carbon, and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.  

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High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All Prepares Framework for Action [viewed]

3 February 2012: The UN Secretary-General's High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All has prepared a document titled “Sustainable Energy for All: A Framework for Action,” which outlines a pathway for collaborative action on improving energy access and alleviating energy poverty globally using renewable and sustainable sources of energy.

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Summary Versions of UN Green Guide Released [viewed]

8 February 2012: The UN Greening the Blue Campaign has announced the launch of a series of two-page summaries aimed to assist staff in understanding how sustainability can be embedded in the UN System. The summaries include information on conducting green meetings, sustainable procurement and reducing emissions from buildings.

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UNEP FI Newsletter Highlights Rio+20 Natural Capital Declaration [viewed]

UNEP FI8 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released the February 2012 iisue of its newsletter, which includes articles on: the Natural Capital Declaration, intended to demonstrate the commitment of financial institutions at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); UNEP FI's activities at the Durban Climate Change Conference; and the release of a report on insurance, drawing on lessons from the Southern Cape of South Africa.   

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UNCTAD Report Makes the Case for Development-led Globalization [viewed]

7 February 2012: In his report to the 13th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi has proposed replacing the pattern of finance-driven globalization (FDG) currently dominating international relations with a model of development-led globalization (DLG).

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EEA Reports Recommend Environmental Tax Reform [viewed]

9 January 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on European Tax Reform (ETR). The reports, titled “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Opportunities for Eco-innovation” and “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Implications for Income Distribution,” highlight that implementing the ERT could spur eco-innovation, create jobs, and result in environmental benefits, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. 

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World Youth Report 2011 Indicates Youth Interest in Green Jobs [viewed]

6 February 2012: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released the 2011 World Youth Report. The Report centers on the contributions from people aged 15-30, through an online consultation process regarding youth employment. Discussions revealed concern that educational systems are not preparing youth to compete for jobs, as well as young people's interest in climate change, social equity, and innovation in green technologies and communications.

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