Intergovernmental Organization

UN-HABITAT, EU Launch Low-Emission City Growth Initiative [viewed]

9 March 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the European Commission (EC) have launched a project, titled "Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries" (URBAN-LEDS), which aims to support cities' efforts in mitigating climate change.

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CARICOM Heads of Government Approve Climate-Resilient Development Plan, Agree to Hold Pre-Rio+20 Meeting on SIDS Issues [viewed]

CARICOM8 March 2012: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have approved an implementation plan for its Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change, and have agreed to hold a special meeting prior to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) that will seek to ensure that small island developing State (SIDS) concerns are fully acknowledged in the Rio+20 outcome.

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Event: Eighth African Development Forum [viewed]

The eighth African Development Forum (ADF) is being held under the theme "Governing and Harnessing Natural Resources for Africa's Development". The ADF will provide a forum for the presentation of the latest research results, opinions and developments within the following six areas: knowledge base, human and institutional capacities; policy, legal and regulatory issues; economic issues; governance, human rights and social issues; participation and ownership of natural resources; and environmental, material stewardship and climate change. The ADF is an biennial event of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). It was created in 1999 and is a multi-stakeholder platform for debating, discussing and initiating concrete strategies for Africa's development. It is convened in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and other partners.  

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Event: Workshop on Mexico's Experience in Strengthening Energy Efficiency [viewed]

Mexico's Energy Secretariat (SENER) and National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE), with support from the US State Department and the Organization of American States (OAS), are hosting a workshop geared toward promoting energy efficiency cooperation under the auspices of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), by sharing its own experiences in this field with other governments of the Americas. On the first day of the workshop, participants will be presented with best practices in energy efficiency policymaking and implementation. On the second day, participants will make technical visits to laboratories and institutions responsible for implementing some of Mexico's energy efficiency policies.  

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EU Council Adopts Conclusions on Rio+20 and Durban Climate Conference [viewed]

9 March 2012: The first Environment Council under the Danish Presidency concluded with the adoption of conclusions on follow-up to the Durban Climate Change Conference, and on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). Other items debated included "A Roadmap to a low-carbon economy in 2050" and the Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE).

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CGIAR Consortium Attains International Organization Status [viewed]

2 March 2012: In a move that further strengthens its ability to fight hunger globally, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium was officially granted status as an International Organization on 2 March 2012.

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Andean Community Secretary General Suggests Need for CAN Renewable Energy Strategy [viewed]

2 March 2012: Stressing the role that renewable energy sources can play in addressing climate change while meeting Latin American energy needs, the Secretary General of the Andean Community (CAN) has suggested that the Community needs a renewable energy strategy.

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Event: Transposition of the EU CO2 Storage Directive: Current Status and Outstanding Issues [viewed]

This webinar will provide an update on implementation of the EU Carbon Dioxide Storage Directive in various EU countries, including on particular or outstanding issues encountered during the transposition process. It will also discuss common issues experienced across member states and next steps for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) regulation in the region. This IEA event is being hosted in collaboration with University College London's Carbon Capture Legal Programme, and will build of their recent Implementing the EU CO₂Storage Directive: Challenges and Opportunities event and associated EU Case Studies Project.  

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IEA Executive Director Calls for Stronger Energy Policies [viewed]

8 March 2012: The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Maria van der Hoeven, has warned that the global economic crisis is diverting attention away from energy policy.

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SPREP, China Discuss Opportunities for Future Cooperation [viewed]

5 March 2012: During an official visit in Beijing, China, David Sheppard, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), met with China Development Gateway, the official online source of information and development tools for the Chinese Government. Sheppard provided an overview of the work of SPREP and discussed opportunities for future joint cooperation with China.

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