Intergovernmental Organization

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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UNFCCC Publishes SB Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

15 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a number of documents in preparation for the 34th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-16 June 2011.

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OLADE, UNIDO Hold Technical Meeting of the Renewable Energy Observatory for LAC [viewed]

8 April 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) held the Second Technical Meeting of the Renewable Energy Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean from 29-31 March 2011, in Asunción, Paraguay.

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OECD Paper Highlights Benefits of Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

8 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an Economics Department Working Paper titled “Mitigation potential of removing fossil fuel subsidies, a general equilibrium assessment,” authored by Jean-Marc Burniaux and Jean Chateau.

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Alpine Convention Secretariat Publishes Study on Environmental Law [viewed]

April 2011: The Secretariat of the Alpine Convention has published a legal study titled “Environmental Protection and Mountains: Is environmental law adapted to the challenges faced by mountain areas? Lessons from European ranges.”

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