Intergovernmental Organization

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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IRENA's First Policy and Strategy Meeting Discusses Strategic Vision [viewed]

13 September 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has convened the first meeting of its Policy and Strategy Committee, where participants agreed that, within five years, IRENA should become a “one stop shop” for renewable energy analysis and advice.

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EU Agriculture Ministers Discuss Energy Use of Biomass of Agricultural Origin [viewed]

20 September 2011: The EU agriculture ministers, meeting in the Council on 20 September 2011 in Brussels, Belgium, held an exchange of views on the energy use of biomass of agricultural origin as an important element of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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AMCEN Special Session Endorses African Common Climate Position [viewed]

19 September 2011: African Ministers for the Environment met for the Fourth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and concluded with the adoption of the Bamako Declaration, which endorsed the African Common Position as the basis for negotiations at the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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Event: IRENA IITC Renewables Competitiveness and Innovation Workshop [viewed]

This workshop on renewables competitiveness and innovation is organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC), upon the occasion of its inauguration of the IITC. It will be attended by high level government representatives, business and industry, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs. The workshop will have sessions on: the economics of renewables, focusing on competitiveness, costs and benefits; innovation for accelerated development; the next big developments in renewables; and the IITC roadmap.  

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Event: Official Opening of the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) [viewed]

This event marks the opening of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) upon the occasion of its inauguration of the IITC. This office in Bonn, Germany, is to compliment the work of IRENA's headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), by working towards a framework for renewable energy technology support, as well as cost reduction potentials and policies to support innovation and increased use of standards. The event on 7 October will consist of an opening ceremony and panel discussion titled "Towards the Age of Renewables." The event will be attended by high-level government and international organization representatives, and will be open to the press. On 6 October, a pre-inauguration workshop on renewables competitiveness and innovation will be held. The workshop will have sessions on: the economics of renewables, focusing on competitiveness, costs and benefits; innovation for accelerated development; the next big developments in renewables; and the IITC roadmap.  

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IEA Publishes Technology Roadmap for Industrial CCS Applications [viewed]

International Energy Agency (IEA)20 September 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report titled “Technology Roadmap – Carbon Capture and Storage in Industrial Applications,” which indicates that carbon capture and storage (CCS) could potentially reduce carbon dioxide emissions from industrial applications by four gigatons by 2050.

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African Energy Ministers Conference Adopts Johannesburg Declaration [viewed]

African Union (AU)16 September 2011: African Energy Ministers convened for a two-day conference titled “Road to Durban: Promoting Sustainable Energy Access in Africa,” to develop and agree on priorities for sustainably developing Africa's energy sector. Concluding with the adoption of the Johannesburg Declaration, the Ministers lamented that climate change threatens to reverse the developmental gains that have been achieved in recent years.

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CCCCC News Update Focuses on Prospects for Durban, UNCSD Preparations [viewed]

CCCCC19 September 2011: The 15th issue of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) News Update features articles on the call by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for climate negotiators to redouble their efforts, the small island developing States (SIDS) inter-regional preparatory meeting on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the 20th Small Island States leaders' meeting, and Caribbean regional news.

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