Intergovernmental Organization

EU Green Week 2012 Focuses on the Water Challenge [viewed]

25 May 2012: The 2012 edition of EU Green Week focused on the theme “The Water Challenge – Every Drop Counts” to examine solutions to water problems, such as safeguarding the availability of good quality water in the face of population growth and climate change. 

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Event: IV Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas [viewed]

Launched by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) in 2003, the triennial Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas brings together experts from Mexico and the eight Central American Integration System (SICA) countries (Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) and interested regional and international actors to dialogue, share experiences and propose initiatives involving protected areas, including marine protected areas, and their role in sustainable development. The IV Congress, organized by Costa Rica's National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and Environment Ministry (MINAE) with support from CCAD, German International Cooperation (GIZ), and the IUCN, will feature eight symposia addressing, inter alia: governance; knowledge management within protected areas; protected areas and climate change; protected areas as social and economic instruments; and cooperation and financing for protected areas. This event was originally scheduled for 2013, but was postponed until March 2014.  

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Event: Workshop on Financing and Investments in Mitigation Actions in West Africa [viewed]

This workshop, sponsored by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States Business Climate Facility, aims to bring together high-level decision makers and experts to examine bottlenecks to developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) activities in the region, in order to scale-up renewable energy and energy efficiency so as to increase access to modern energy services. Specifically, the workshop will: adopt an Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) regional action plan and roadmap to promote NAMA capacities in ECOWAS Members States; and create an ECREEE climate change facility to coordinate NAMA activities at the regional level and leverage finance.  

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Workshop Introduces Proposed Information System on Amazon Basin Water Resources [viewed]

ACTO28 May 2012: A regional workshop trained national officials from the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) member countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela involved in the project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for "the integrated and sustainable management of transboundary water resources in the Amazon Basin, taking into consideration climate variability and change." The project is commonly known as the "GEF Amazonas Project." 

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IEA Finds 2011 Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions at Record High, 2°C Window "About to close" [viewed]

24 May 2012: Preliminary estimates from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggest that global carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record high of 31.6 gigatons (Gt) in 2011, representing an increase of 3.2% or 1Gt from 2010 levels.

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European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Winners Announced [viewed]

24 May 2012: The EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik presented the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 to winners who have made achievements in sustainable development in the areas of management, products and process innovation, international business cooperation, and business and biodiversity. Potočnik lauded the companies for being “green growth in action.”

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IUCN Releases Meeting Report of the Europe Overseas Roundtable on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

May 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released the report of the second Meeting of Europe Overseas Roundtable on Biodiversity and Climate Change. The meeting aimed to evaluate progress on biodiversity and climate change in the EU Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) since the last meeting held in June/July 2011, plan for the work ahead in 2012, reflect on the theme of marine issues, and agree on a joint way forward to address biodiversity and climate change issues in Europe overseas.

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Event: Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) [viewed]

The Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) brings together representatives from government, the private sector and civil society to discuss the advancement of renewable energy. The fifth such conference will be jointly organized with the sixth edition of the United Arab Emirates' World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the International Water Summit 2013, and will follow the IRENA General Assembly meeting. Objectives of the conference are to analyze and highlight the achievements of the UN Secretary General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, which was launched at the WFES 2012, and discuss the contribution of renewable energy to economic development, energy security and mitigation of climate change. The conference is expected to offer a strategic platform to discuss the impact of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC to be held in Qatar at the end of 2012, and the role of renewable energy on economic development, energy security and climate change mitigation. IREC is organized every two years and convened by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The event will see thousands of participants engaging in dialogues on the policy, finance, business and technology of renewable energy in a series of panel discussions, presentations, speeches and exhibitions. The events are part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).  

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CCAFS Launches Learning Platform on Climate Smart Agriculture [viewed]

24 May 2012: The Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) South Asia of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has launched a learning platform to improve agricultural resilience to changing weather patterns, and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Climate Knowledge Brokers Workshop Focuses on Streamlining Online Information Portals [viewed]

20 May 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has reported on the activities of the second annual Climate Knowledge Brokers workshop, which focused on streamlining the activities of the community of climate and development information websites.

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