Intergovernmental Organization

IEA, EMBARQ Launch Global Database of Bus Rapid Transit Systems [viewed]

2 April 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in partnership with EMBARQ, a division of the World Resources Institute (WRI), has launched the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Database, a database of bus transport systems from over 130 cities worldwide.

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CGIAR Launches Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas [viewed]

March 2012: Seeking to tap potential synergies for increasing food security and incomes, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed a Global Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, to be led by the International Potato Center (CIP) in collaboration with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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SPC Consults PICs on REDD+ Policy Framework [viewed]

SPC3 April 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that, under the GIZ-funded regional project Climate Protection through Forestry Conservation in Pacific Island Countries (PICs), it has recently concluded a study tour to meet stakeholders in Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu and Fiji.

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Nordic Council of Ministers Biomass Conference Begins Process to Promote Sustainable Nordic Biomass [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has reported on the outcome of a Nordic-Baltic biomass conference held in Copenhagen on 21 March 2012, noting the Baltic Sea region can become a leader in sustainable biomass production.

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AOSIS Chair: IFSD Must be Strengthened to Meet Needs of SIDS [viewed]

21 March 2012: The Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Marlene Moses, has highlighted the Alliance's three main objectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including achievement of the recognition of the special challenges of small island developing states (SIDS) in development and environmental degradation.

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IEA Publishes CCS Retrofitting Study for the Coal Energy Sector [viewed]

IEA29 March 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a working paper analyzing of the global coal-fired plant fleet, drawing on existing research on carbon capture and storage (CCS) retrofitting.

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ACTO Environment Ministers Adopt Lima Declaration, Agree to Combat Illegal Mining [viewed]

ACTO21 March 2012: The second meeting of the Environment Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) adopted a "Lima Declaration" agreeing on joint actions on environmental policy, including annual Environmental Ministerials and closer coordination in implementing multilateral environment agreements (MEAs). They also recommended that ACTO form a special working group to draft a common strategy to combat illegal mining in the Amazon Basin.

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IICA, FAO to Consolidate Joint Efforts in LAC [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), a specialized agency of the Organization of American States (OAS), has signed a letter of understanding with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to consolidate their joint efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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OAS Dialogue Examines Governance of Sustainable Energy and Climate Change [viewed]

OAS28 February 2012: A public dialogue on governance of sustainable energy and climate change mitigation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) discussed policy policy challenges, needs and reforms necessary to improve energy access and security, and promote diversification source while mitigating climate change.

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CCAD Workshop Considers REDD Strategies and Plans [viewed]

22 March 2012: The regional workshop on the follow up of the programme for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation of forests in developing countries (REDD), implemented by the Central American Commission on Environment Development (CCAD) and the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ) (REDD/CCAD-GIZ Programme), discussed regional and national strategies to be implemented during 2012 by the eight member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

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