Intergovernmental Organization

CGIAR, Global Crop Diversity Trust Collaborate to Maintain Genebanks [viewed]

31 January 2013: An agreement between the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium will provide $109 million over five years to establish a new research programme to maintain the 706,000 samples of plant genetic resources held at 11 CGIAR research centers globally.

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CGIAR Partners Decode Chickpea Genome [viewed]

28 January 2013: In a breakthrough that may lead to new, improved varieties of chickpeas with drought tolerance and disease resistance, scientists from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have decoded the genome sequences of 90 chickpea varieties from 10 countries.

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6th EU-Brazil Summit Reflects on Rio+20 and Doha [viewed]

24 January 2013: The 6th EU-Brazil Summit discussed a range of issues for cooperation between the EU and Brazil, including the outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the Doha Climate Change Conference, as well as renewal of the EU-Brazil strategic partnership.

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IEA Study Offers Innovative Proposals for Enhancing Climate Finance for Energy Efficiency [viewed]

IEA29 January 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report on “Plugging the Energy Efficiency Gap with Climate Finance,” which evaluates climate finance in funding energy efficiency projects in developing countries and explores the potential to channel finance for energy efficiency under the new Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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IEA Study Evaluates Economic Instruments for Energy Efficiency in Buildings [viewed]

IEA29 January 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has issued a report that evaluates the effectiveness of taxes, loans and grants, public procurement and other “economic instruments” in enhancing energy efficiency in the building sector.

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OECD Reports Examine Energy Taxation and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Efforts [viewed]

OECD28 January 2013: The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted the findings of two new OECD reports: "Taxing Energy Use" and "Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013."

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Event: IEA-RETD Workshop on Communication Strategies for Renewable Energy [viewed]

This meeting will present the results of a scoping study commissioned by the International Energy Agency's Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) Implementing Agreement that explored experiences with developing effective communication strategies for renewable energy, and identifying and addressing barriers to increasing effectiveness in the future. The objective of the meeting will be to address the following questions: How can communication campaigns be better prepared and evaluated?; How can audience identification and segmentation be improved?; What goals are most feasible for government communications campaigns? and; What are the most significant barriers to effective communications in the renewable energy sector? The meeting will include a summary of results from the project team and highlight good practice case studies from government, the corporate sector and civil society. These experiences and findings will be discussed in interactive discussion sessions. Finally, the meeting will set out to identify knowledge gaps in renewable energy communications, barriers to improved communications and address ways in which IEA-RETD can tackle these problems. The Communication of Best Practices for Renewable Energies (RE‐COMMUNICATE) project is being carried out for IEA-RETD by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Green Budget Germany / Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft (FÖS), and the renewable energy communications agency Collings & Monney. Participation in the meeting is open to all, pending space at the event location.  

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Event: RIMES Training Workshop on Iterative Risk Management for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) is organizing a five-day Training Workshop on Iterative Risk Management (IRM) for Climate Change Adaptation. The training aims to build the capacity of participants to design and implement iterative and flexible risk management plans. The training includes two parts: three days of lectures and discussions; and a two-day planning workshop. The lectures include a module each on: risk-based approaches to climate change adaptation; the IRM approach, including the IRM process and its application to development and disaster risk reduction (DRR); and IRM and the policy environment for climate change adaptation. During the planning workshop, participants will design IRM Plans for their organization. RIMES development partners include the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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SPC Holds Cost-Benefit Analysis Workshop [viewed]

SPC29 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a workshop at the Kiribati Institute of Technology to train government officers to use cost-benefit analysis (CBA) as a framework to improve decision making and project quality, in particular for projects affected by climate change.

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20th AU Summit Discusses MDGs, Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

African Union (AU)28 January 2013: The 20th session of the African Union (AU) Summit met from 21-28 January 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme of “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.” Heads of State from 37 countries discussed a range of issues, including peace and security, maternal health, poverty, malaria, climate change, and the post-2015 development agenda.

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