Intergovernmental Organization

UN Secretary-General Names High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

26 September 2011: The UN Secretary-General has appointed business, government and civil society leaders from around the world to serve on the newly created UN Secretary-General's High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL).

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Event: Renewables 2011 Global Status Report - Launch Event [viewed]

The Renewable Energy Global Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) will be holding a launch event for its Renewables 2011 Global Status Report. The report captures the most up-to-date information on renewable energy policies, industries, investments and markets. Some of the main messages of the report include that, in 2010: renewables made up nearly half of newly installed electricity capacity; renewable energies made up an estimated 16% of global final energy consumption; solar photovoltaic usage more than doubled due to price reductions; global investments in renewables increased by over 30% to a record US$ 211 billion; and emerging and developing economies significantly increased their share of renewables policies, investment, supply and use. The event will be held in conjunction with the launch of the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) in Bonn, Germany. It is taking place from 9:00-11:00 am.  

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European Commission Publishes Benchmark Values for Aviation [viewed]

26 September 2011: The European Commission has published the benchmark values that will be used to allocate greenhouse gas (GHG) emission allowances free of charge to more than 900 aircraft operators with a view to making the aviation sector part of the EU's emissions trading system (EU ETS) from 2012.

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UNESCO, AOSIS Discuss Climate Change, Awareness Raising [viewed]

23 September 2011: Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), held a meeting with Amb. Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and Omar Ramirez, Executive Vice-President of the Office of Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Dominican Republic, to discuss UNESCO activities of relevance for small island developing States (SIDS) in the areas of climate change, oceans, education and awareness raising. 

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EU, Switzerland Continue Negotiations on Linking their Emissions Trading Systems [viewed]

20 September 2011: The second round of negotiations between the EU and Switzerland on linking their carbon emissions trading systems was held on 20 September 2011, in Zurich, Switzerland. The negotiations seek to develop an agreement under which Switzerland and the EU would recognize each other's carbon emissions allowances.

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UNCCD and Partners Launch Economics of Land Degradation Initiative [viewed]

UNCCD21 September 2011: The European Commission, the German Government and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have launched the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative.

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European Commission Launches Public Consultation on Vehicle Emissions [viewed]

21 September 2011: The European Commission has launched a public consultation on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from road transport, with a view to obtaining the views of individuals and organizations on the relevance and impact of proposed strategy and legislation.

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EEAS Publishes Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel [viewed]

21 September 2011: The European External Action Service (EEAS) published on a Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel, including climate change adaptation.

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ACP MEAs Project Newsletter Features Caribbean Policy Responses in Small Vulnerable Economies [viewed]

20 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released a newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter features a guest article by Garfield Barnwell, CARICOM Secretariat, on policy responses for sustainable development in the Caribbean region.

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SPC Commits to Supporting Pacific REDD+ Activities [viewed]

21 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has convened a workshop on regional support to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) Readiness in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).

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