Intergovernmental Organization

AOSIS Chair Identifies Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation as Main Challenges [viewed]

12 February 2012: In a welcome statement marking her start as Chair of the Bureau of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Ambassador Marlene Moses of Nauru identified the Alliance's main challenge over the next few years as working with the international community to achieve climate change mitigation and adaptation. Moses, Nauru's Permanent Representative to the UN, became the AOSIS Chair in January 2012, succeeding Ambassador Dessima Williams of Grenada.

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Event: Sixth Caribbean Environment Forum and Exhibition (CEF 5) and 16th Annual Wider Caribbean Waste Management Conference (ReCaribe) [viewed]

These two events will be held simultaneously under the unified theme "The Green Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Health, Water, Waste, Land, Energy, Climate Change and our Natural Resources" to emphasize technologies, actions and strategies to address key environmental and health issues facing Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS). The CEF series on Caribbean health and environment has been organized by the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) biennially since 2000. The annual ReCaribe has been organized since 1995 by Clean Islands International (CII) to discuss waste management issues in the wider Caribbean region. The combined event is being co-sponsored by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (CAR/RCU), the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management project (IWCAM), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

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PIFS Announces PEC Funding for Home Solar Systems in the Solomon Islands [viewed]

13 February 2012: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has announced that US$4 million from the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) has been approved to install home solar power generation systems in rural areas of the Solomon Islands.  

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SPC and Fiji Cooperate to Map Forest Cover [viewed]

8 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced a collaboration with Fiji's Department of Forestry to increase capacity in the use of high resolution satellite images to map land and forest cover in the country. The programme will focus on classifying forest types in Drawa, a 6,400 hectare area of indigenous forest on Vanua Levu.   

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EEA Reports Recommend Environmental Tax Reform [viewed]

9 January 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on European Tax Reform (ETR). The reports, titled “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Opportunities for Eco-innovation” and “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Implications for Income Distribution,” highlight that implementing the ERT could spur eco-innovation, create jobs, and result in environmental benefits, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. 

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Event: Second IRU/EU Road Transport Conference: Efficient Solutions for Making Road Transport Greener [viewed]

Organized by the International Road Transport Union (IRU) in cooperation with the European Commission, and the Danish Presidency of the Council of the EU, this conference will focus on “Efficient Solutions for Making Road Transport Greener”. The conference will focus on the implementable and immediate perspective, as well as a mid- to long-term perspective on where greening will happen through innovations.  

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IEA Recommends Slovakia Increase Energy Efficiency and Diversify Energy Mix [viewed]

IEA6 February 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report, titled "Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Slovak Republic Review," which lauds the Slovak Republic's improvements in energy efficiency and urges the country to increase efforts to strengthen its energy security and industrial competitiveness.

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SPREP Completes Second PACC Training on Cost-Benefit Analysis [viewed]

2 February 2012: The Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, under the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), has completed the second training on Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) of PACC projects. Held in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the training considered climate change projections and risks in project planning.

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Event: Meeting of ACTO Environment Ministers [viewed]

The environment ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) will meet to prepare for the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) and agree on a common agenda for the sustainable development of the Amazon.  

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REEEP to Co-Finance Rollout of Tonga Energy Roadmap [viewed]

17 January 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has signed an agreement with  Tonga's Minister of Lands, Survey, Natural Resources, Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lord Ma'afu, to provide funds to enable the Tonga Energy Roadmap (TERM) to be developed according to plan.

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