Intergovernmental Organization

European Commission Unveils Public Consultation Results on Environmental Financing [viewed]

26 May 2011: The European Commission has published the results of the online consultation on the future of LIFE+, the EU environmental funding tool. Respondents have expressed their views on the need for a specific financial instrument for the environment and climate action, on ways to boost its added value, and on the architecture of such an instrument in the next programming period.

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IEA Calls for Policy Analysis of Renewable Energies in Remote Areas and Islands [viewed]

25 May 2011: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Implementing Agreement on Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA‐RETD) has published a call for proposals for a project to provide policy perspectives to reduce remote areas and islands' dependence on fossil fuel imports and extensive energy transmission infrastructures.

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New REN21 Executive Secretary Appointed [viewed]

23 May 2011: The Renewable Energy Global Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) steering committee has appointed Christine Lins as new Executive Secretary, to be effective on 1 July 2011.

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UNICEF, EU Support Nomadic Communities' Response to Climate Change [viewed]

24 May 2011:  The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the EU are supporting sustainable programmes to address water scarcity exacerbated by climate change by empowering nomadic communities in Kenya and Ethiopia to take responsibility for their access to safe water and sanitation.

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Agrees on Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

24 May 2011: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has agreed on a set of 24 voluntary, science-based indicators for assessing the sustainable production and use of all forms of bioenergy. The agreement represents the first global and government-level consensus on such indicators.

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REEEP Interview Highlights Perverse Incentives in Energy Systems [viewed]

6 May 2011: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership's (REEEP) Sustainable Energy Regulation Network (SERN) has published an interview with Walt Patterson, Chatham House, London, on the current state of electricity systems.

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Small Islands Exchange Lessons on Climate Change, DRR [viewed]

24 May 2011: Opening the conference titled “Lessons for Future Action: Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Small Island States,” Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, urged participants to share lessons learnt on climate change and disaster risk management, so small island developing States (SIDS) can strategize for a better future in the face of climate change.

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IEA Book Presents Methodology to Evaluate Variable Renewable Energy Potentials [viewed]

24 May 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a book titled “Harnessing Variable Renewables: A Guide to the Balancing Challenge,” which presents a method of assessing resources needed to balance supply and demand in power systems utilizing large shares of variable renewable energy (VRE), such as solar photovoltaic, wind and tidal energy.

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OECD/IEA Paper Suggests Pathways Forward for MRV [viewed]

May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Energy Agency (IEA) have published a working paper titled “Monitoring and Tracking Long-Term Finance to Support Climate Action,” which discusses and proposes a method for beginning to overcome shortcomings of current monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of climate finance under the UNFCCC.

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UN Celebrates International Biodiversity Day [viewed]

23 May 2011: The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated around the world on 22 May 2011 under the theme of forest biodiversity, as a contribution to 2011 – International Year of Forests.

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