Intergovernmental Organization

UNEP and Partners Release Report on Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations University (UNU) and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), has released a report titled “Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel.” The project aimed to analyze the historical climate trends in the region, identify “hotspots” and determine the implications of climate change on natural resource-led livelihoods in the Sahel.

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IFAD President Underlines Links Between Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

2 December 2011: The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo Nwanze, called climate change and food security two of humanity's greatest challenges in the 21st century.

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IEA Report on Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Identifies Main Drivers of Increased Efficiency [viewed]

IEA2 December 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in cooperation with the Global Fuel Efficiency Initiative (GFEI), has published a report comparing fuel efficiency and other characteristics over a large sample of registered vehicles in 21 countries. The sample accounts for 90% of global car sales, and the results show a 1.7% annual improvement over the 2005-2008 period, which is well below the required 2.7% improvement per year needed from 2005 to 2030 in order to halve vehicle CO2 emissions.

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Fourth High-Level Forum Develops Declaration on Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation [viewed]

1 December 2011: The Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness adopted a declaration titled the "Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation." The Forum reviewed global progress on aid effectiveness, including a review of targets set in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, shared experiences in delivering the best results, and developed new commitments toward effectiveness of aid in reducing poverty, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and supporting development beyond 2015.

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IRENA Hosts Workshop on Bringing Renewables to Scale [viewed]

1 December 2011: On the margins of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) hosted a workshop for journalists that looked at different aspects of bringing renewables to scale in South Africa and elsewhere, such as governmental policy, financing and the role of private sector actors.

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Africa Pavilion Launched at COP 17 [viewed]

November 2011: The Africa Pavilion at the Durban Climate Change Conference, an initiative of the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), was launched by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Idriss Déby of Chad, and Vice President Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos of Angola.

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FAO's Remote Sensing Updates Picture of Forest Loss [viewed]

FAO30 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released initial results from a satellite-based remote sensing survey, showing new information on forest area declines between 1990 and 2005.

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OECD and IEA Publish Paper on International Greenhouse Gas Unit Accounting Post 2012 [viewed]

24 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have published a paper titled "Tracking and Trading: Expanding on Options for International Greenhouse Gas Unit Accounting After 2012." The paper examines what systems and processes would be required to achieve effective use of tradeable GHG units under a scenario combining a continuation of the Kyoto Protocol with emissions commitments for some Parties, and a “pledge and review” approach based on country pledges.

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Central American Countries Adopt Common Position for COP 17 [viewed]

November 2011: The Environment Ministers of the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic adopted a set of common positions regarding the climate change negotiations to be held in Durban, South Africa, stressing issues related to adaptation, financial assistance and technology transfer.

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IRENA Develops Renewable Energy Country Profiles for Africa and Pacific [viewed]

November 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has developed Renewable Energy Country Profiles for the Africa and Pacific regions, which take stock of the latest developments in renewable energy in two regions where renewable energy can make a significant contribution to combat climate change and bring modern energy services to all.

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