Intergovernmental Organization

IEA Expert Discusses Future of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles [viewed]

2 May 2011: In a press release, International Energy Agency (IEA) transport expert Lewis Fulton answers questions regarding the potential and plausibility of using electric vehicles (EVs) to combat climate change.

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Steering Committee for African-Arab Joint Action Plan on Agricultural Development and Food Security Convenes [viewed]

1 May 2011: The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Government of Sudan, held the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the African-Arab Joint Action Plan (JAP) on Agricultural Development and Food Security in Khartoum, Sudan.

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Event: OECD DAC Green Growth and Development Workshop [viewed]

This Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) workshop will offer an interactive platform for discussion of the relevance of green growth to developing countries. It will involve four chaired roundtable discussions on: how a green growth lens could be applied to development on the way to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); the potential impacts of a global green growth transition on developing and least developed countries; how green growth short-run costs and technology requirements can be met; and opportunities for green growth to influence discussions at UNFCCC COP 17 in December 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  

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Event: Third TICAD Ministerial Follow-up Meeting [viewed]

The Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Follow-up Meeting will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-2 May 2011, to review progress on the implementation of the Yokohama Action Plan issued at TICAD IV in 2008, and discuss the future of the TICAD process and progress towards achieveing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), climate change and low-carbon growth and sustainable development in Africa. The conference is organized by the Government of Japan, the UN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC), and is expected to gather Ministers and delegations of African countries along with representatives of other partner countries, international and regional organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations.  

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Event: Istanbul Trade and Development Symposium on Least Developed Countries [viewed]

Organized by the the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Center, the Centre for Policy Dialogue Bangladesh, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation, this symposium aims to facilitate Least Developed Country (LDC) progress on trade capacities, partnerships, structural vulnerabilities, and climate change. A roundtable discussion will be held to generate suggestions and proposals on how LDCs can overcome vulnerabilities exacerbated by climate change, such as the lack of diversification of their economies and the absence of social safety nets.  

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European Commission Adopts Decision on Allocation of Free Emission Allowances [viewed]

27 April 2011: The European Commission adopted a Decision on how free emission allowances should be allocated from 2013 to industrial installations covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Appeals Against CDM Executive Board Decisions [viewed]

21 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.2) from parties, intergovernmental organizations and admitted observer organizations, regarding their views on procedures and institutional arrangements under the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP) to allow for appeals against the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) decisions based on decision 2/CMP.5, paragraph 42, taking into account the recommendations of the Executive Board contained in annex II to its annual report.

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CCCCC Publishes New Issues of Climate Change News Update [viewed]

18 April 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has recently published two issues of its weekly newsletter, "Climate Change News Update."

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IEA Executive Director Warns “The Age of Cheap Energy is Over" [viewed]

21 April 2011: In an address at the Bridge Forum Dialogue in Luxembourg on 13 April 2011, Nobuo Tanaka, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director, underscored that “the age of cheap energy is over.”

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World Bank Invites Arab Countries' Researchers to Contribute to Adaptation Report [viewed]

12 April 2011: The World Bank has invited climate change researchers from Arab countries to contribute to the World Bank Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional Climate Change Flagship Report, titled "Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries."

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