Intergovernmental Organization

Africa Pavilion Launched at COP 17 [viewed]

November 2011: The Africa Pavilion at the Durban Climate Change Conference, an initiative of the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), was launched by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Idriss Déby of Chad, and Vice President Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos of Angola.

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FAO's Remote Sensing Updates Picture of Forest Loss [viewed]

FAO30 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released initial results from a satellite-based remote sensing survey, showing new information on forest area declines between 1990 and 2005.

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OECD and IEA Publish Paper on International Greenhouse Gas Unit Accounting Post 2012 [viewed]

24 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have published a paper titled "Tracking and Trading: Expanding on Options for International Greenhouse Gas Unit Accounting After 2012." The paper examines what systems and processes would be required to achieve effective use of tradeable GHG units under a scenario combining a continuation of the Kyoto Protocol with emissions commitments for some Parties, and a “pledge and review” approach based on country pledges.

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Central American Countries Adopt Common Position for COP 17 [viewed]

November 2011: The Environment Ministers of the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic adopted a set of common positions regarding the climate change negotiations to be held in Durban, South Africa, stressing issues related to adaptation, financial assistance and technology transfer.

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IRENA Develops Renewable Energy Country Profiles for Africa and Pacific [viewed]

November 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has developed Renewable Energy Country Profiles for the Africa and Pacific regions, which take stock of the latest developments in renewable energy in two regions where renewable energy can make a significant contribution to combat climate change and bring modern energy services to all.

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Event: Africa Day at UNFCCC COP 17 [viewed]

Africa Day at UNFCCC COP 17 will seek to raise the profile of African climate change and development issues and demonstrate African ownership of the African agenda on climate change and development. It will focus on the theme "Development First," with sessions addressing "Development first in the context of climate change" and "Climate change economics and finance for Africa."  

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EEA Releases 2011 Update on Renewables in Europe [viewed]

EEA28 November 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has reported that: offshore wind energy capacity in Europe is projected to increase 17-fold between 2010 and 2020; newer renewable technologies such as concentrated solar power and wave/tidal power are also expected to increase more than 11-fold; and European countries are expected to significantly boost solar photovoltaic power, onshore wind and other renewable technologies over the next decade.

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OECD Paper Examines Lessons from Development Agencies in Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptation [viewed]

25 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled "Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptation: Lessons from Development Cooperation Agencies," which argues that monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks for adaptation should combine qualitative, quantitative and binary indicators, and which calls for complementing individual project and program evaluations with overall assessments of trends in the country's vulnerability to climate change.

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OECD Paper Assesses Private Sector Engagement in Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

25 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled "Private Sector Engagement in Adaptation to Climate Change: Approaches to Managing Climate Risks." The paper notes that, while there is a high level of awareness among companies of the broad range of risks posed by climate change, not all perceive their businesses as vulnerable, and a gap exists between the risk assessments companies have performed and their implementation of risk management actions.

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Central American Energy-Environment Ministerial Discuss Sustainable Energy Issues [viewed]

24 November 2011: The Fourth Energy and Environment Ministerial of the Central American Integration System (SICA) examined several matters for joint action on the energy-environment interface, including elaborating a new regional sustainable energy policy, increasing regional programmes on renewable energy and the sustainable use of firewood, and reducing the sulfur content of diesel fuel.

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