Intergovernmental Organization

Global Bioenergy Partnership Publishes Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

16 January 2012:  The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published a report titled "The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy," which represents the first global, government-level consensus on sustainability indicators for bioenergy. 

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Event: Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer and South-to-South Cooperation [viewed]

The Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UNCCD are jointly organizing an international workshop on technology transfer between Sahel and Maghreb countries and local stakeholders, in the context of the GM's South-to-South Cooperation programme, SolArid, from 25-26 January in Tunis, Tunisia. The workshop will seek to capitalize on existing initiatives and lessons learned at sub-regional and national levels, in order to upscale potential technology transfer initiatives to combat desertification between North and West Africa, and within the sub-regions themselves. The workshop will cover: the strategic thrusts and priority actions for combating desertification and enhancing natural resource management and rural development; opportunities for sub-regional collaboration based on an analysis of the stakeholders' strengths and requirements in terms of knowledge and/or technical skills; capacity-building on resource mobilization for technology transfer; and identification of potential partners to support the identified initiatives. The event will bring together representatives of sub-regional institutions including the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), specialized organizations such as the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control (CILSS), and representatives from national ministries and development agencies.  

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Application Period Opens for IEA Training Courses [viewed]

IEA16 January 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced a call for applications for five one-week courses, from 2-6 April 2012, covering energy issues relevant to government officials and the private sector in developing countries.

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Second Assembly Solidifies IRENA's Institutional Structure [viewed]

15 January 2012: The second session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly brought together over 750 delegates from member States, signatories, non-member States and observers. IRENA's governing body adopted decisions on IRENA's work programme and budget for 2012, secondment of personnel, ethics and conflicts of interest.

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FAO, EU Fund Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa and South-east Asia [viewed]

16 January 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the European Commission have launched a €5.3 million, three-year project in Malawi, Viet Nam and Zambia to identify challenges and opportunities for climate-smart agriculture and produce strategic plans for each country.

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IRENA Hosts High-Level Renewable Energy Meeting for Pacific Leaders [viewed]

13 January 2012: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) hosted the Pacific Leaders Meeting, a high-level meeting on facilitating renewable energy uptake in the Pacific Islands, immediately preceding the second session of the IRENA Assembly, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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IRENA Launches Renewable Energy Country Profiles Database for the African Region [viewed]

December 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched its Renewable Energy Country Profiles Database for the African region. The database is a tool provided by IRENA to take stock of renewable energy developments. 

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IRENA Releases Renewable Energy Profiles for Pacific Countries [viewed]

January 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a publication titled “Renewable Energy Country Profiles: Pacific.” The country profiles consider where renewable energy can contribute significantly to combating climate change.  

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Event: Dialogue on Energy and Climate Change Governance [viewed]

The Organization of American States (OAS), as a co-sponsor of the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability, which will convene in Rio de Janeiro from 1-3 June 2012, is conducting a series of "hemispheric dialogues" on sustainable development themes intended to generate recommendations on institutions and governance for sustainable development for both the Congress and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The seventh in the series will seek to generate recommendations on improving the normative framework for energy sustainability and climate change mitigation. Future dialogues will address: biodiversity; improving the environmental performance of the private sector; and risk management and emergency legislation.  

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Event: Disaster Risk Reduction: A Matter of Good Governance [viewed]

The Organization of American States (OAS), as a co-sponsor of the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability, which will convene in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1-3 June 2012, is conducting a series of "hemispheric dialogues" on sustainable development themes intended to generate recommendations on institutions and governance for sustainable development for both the Congress and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The seventh in the series, co-sponsored by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), will seek to generate recommendations on improving governance in risk management and emergency legislation. Future dialogues will address biodiversity, and improving the environmental performance of the private sector.  

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