Intergovernmental Organization

UN/ISDR Highlights Caribbean Efforts Towards Carbon Neutrality [viewed]

25 January 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has reported on the work carried out by several Caribbean islands with the Carbon Neutral Tourist Program, which aims to transform the Caribbean region into a carbon neutral destination.  

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Event: IEA Web Conference on CCS Outcomes from Durban and Next Steps for CCS in the CDM [viewed]

This webinar is taking place in light of the decision made at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Durban, South Africa in December 2011, to formally include carbon capture and storage (CCS) into the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), providing an international incentive for the support of CCS operations in developing countries, and is a significant step forward for global CCS deployment. The webinar will provide an overview of the outcomes of the climate change meeting held in Durban, as they relate to CCS, with a focus on the development of modalities and procedures for inclusion of CCS in the CDM.  

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Inter-agency Report Focuses on the Green Economy in Marine Sectors [viewed]

25 January 2012: An inter-agency report, titled "Green Economy in a Blue World," concludes that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems can be enhanced from well-managed marine sectors.

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REEEP Workshop Discusses Data Sharing Tools and Methods for Low-Carbon Development [viewed]

18 January 2012: The Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) organized a workshop in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on the topic of “Linking Open Data to Accelerate Low-Carbon Development.”

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SPREP Issues First Fact Sheet on Building MEA Capacity in PICs [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)January 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has issued the first fact sheet in a series titled "Building MEA Capacity for Pacific Island Countries." The document is part of an EU project on “Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries”.

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CCCCC Releases Video on Climate Change Impacts on CARICOM Economies [viewed]

CCCCC17 January 2012: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has released a documentary titled "Climate Change: A Serious Threat," to the online video sharing platform YouTube.

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Publishes Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

16 January 2012:  The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published a report titled "The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy," which represents the first global, government-level consensus on sustainability indicators for bioenergy. 

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Event: Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer and South-to-South Cooperation [viewed]

The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD are jointly organizing an international workshop on technology transfer between Sahel and Maghreb countries and local stakeholders, in the context of the GM's South-to-South Cooperation programme, SolArid, from 25-26 January in Tunis, Tunisia. The workshop will seek to capitalize on existing initiatives and lessons learned at sub-regional and national levels, in order to upscale potential technology transfer initiatives to combat desertification between North and West Africa, and within the sub-regions themselves. The workshop will cover: the strategic thrusts and priority actions for combating desertification and enhancing natural resource management and rural development; opportunities for sub-regional collaboration based on an analysis of the stakeholders' strengths and requirements in terms of knowledge and/or technical skills; capacity-building on resource mobilization for technology transfer; and identification of potential partners to support the identified initiatives. The event will bring together representatives of sub-regional institutions including the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), specialized organizations such as the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control (CILSS), and representatives from national ministries and development agencies.  

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Application Period Opens for IEA Training Courses [viewed]

IEA16 January 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced a call for applications for five one-week courses, from 2-6 April 2012, covering energy issues relevant to government officials and the private sector in developing countries.

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Second Assembly Solidifies IRENA's Institutional Structure [viewed]

15 January 2012: The second session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly brought together over 750 delegates from member States, signatories, non-member States and observers. IRENA's governing body adopted decisions on IRENA's work programme and budget for 2012, secondment of personnel, ethics and conflicts of interest.

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