Intergovernmental Organization

IEA Report Proposes Steps for Sustainable Global Biofuels Expansion [viewed]

20 April 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report entitled “Technology Roadmap: Biofuels for Transport,” which describes the necessary steps to realize ambitious global biofuels targets.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Stresses the Role of EU Leadership in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

19 April 2011: Addressing the High-level Inter-parliamentary Debate on Climate Change at the European Parliament, in Brussels, Belgium, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observed that, in spite of all its encouraging outcomes, Cancun did not solve key political questions.

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Hungary Donates Funds for Fast-Start Climate Finance [viewed]

15 April 2011: Hungary has announced it will donate one million Euro to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) operating under the UNFCCC and managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), thus becoming one of the first donors in Central Europe to invest in climate adaptation for least developed countries (LDCs), which are most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Further Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published additional documents in preparation for the 34th session the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-16 June 2011, in conjunction with the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as well as sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Groups.

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ITU, ISO Collaborate on Intelligent Transport Systems [viewed]

18 April 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has entered into a partnership with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the field of intelligent transport systems (ITS). The new Joint Task Force for ITS Communications is aimed at helping overcome some of the barriers to the large-scale deployment of ITS services and applications.

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African Experts Discuss Action on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

17 April 2011: On the eve of the Fifth Conference of African Ministers of Health (CAMH5), a group of experts from African Union (AU) members States met to identify the major effects of climate change on health in Africa and to discuss actions to mitigate its impact.

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New Zealand Accedes to IRENA [viewed]

14 April 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has received New Zealand's instrument of accession, deposited on 1 April, bringing its total membership to 70 countries.

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IEA Releases Technology Roadmap for Smart Grids [viewed]

4 April 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the report "Technology Roadmap- Smart Grids," which underscores that the widespread deployment of smart grids is critical for a secure, cost-effective and clean energy future.

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IEA Paper Proposes Work Plan for Improving Efficiency of Electric Motor-Driven Systems [viewed]

March 2011: Based on the realization that Electric Motor-driven Systems (EMDS) account for over 40% of global energy consumption, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a new information paper titled “Walking the Torque: Proposed Work Plan for Energy-Efficiency Policy Opportunities for Electric Motor-Driven Systems.”

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Event: Fourth High Level Forum: The Path to Effective Development [viewed]

The Fourth High Level Forum of Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors and developing country signatories to the Paris Declaration of 2005 will take place in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 29 November-1 December 2011. Ministers and specialists will evaluate progress made since the third High Level Forum in 2008 and set out a new framework for increasing the quality of aid in order to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Priority areas for the forum will be: predictable aid; use of country systems; an end to policy conditionality; country-driven capacity development; mutual accountability; and reduced transaction costs.  

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