Intergovernmental Organization

African Development Ministerial Discusses Climate Change, Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

2 May 2011: The Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Follow-up Meeting, which convened in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-2 May 2011, addressed economic development, climate change and low-carbon growth, and sustainable development in Africa.

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OECD Paper Evaluates Cost Effectiveness of French Environmental Policy [viewed]

22 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Economic Department has released a new working paper, by Balázs Égert, titled “France's Environmental Policies: Internalising Global and Local Externalities.”

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International Transport Forum Paper Calls for Questioning Transport Assumptions [viewed]

April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum has published a discussion paper by Adriana Lobo titled “Perspectives from Mexico to Achieve More with Less: Alternative Transport Modes and their Social and Environmental Benefits.”

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IEA Paper Reviews China's Renewables Policies, Status and Challenges [viewed]

April 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a paper titled “Integration of Renewables: Status and Challenges in China,” which focuses on areas of generation, power transmission, demand-side management and policy.

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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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