Intergovernmental Organization

US Hosts Global Shale Gas Conference [viewed]

24 August 2010: As part of its effort to promote global energy security and climate security around the world, the US Department of State's Coordinator for International Energy Affairs hosted the first multilateral conference under the Global Shale Gas Initiative (GSGI) on 23-24 August 2010.

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World Bank JI Russian Project to Eliminate Gas Flaring Approved [viewed]

12 August 2010: The World Bank's first Joint Implementation (JI) Gas Recovery Project in the Komsomolskoye Oil Field was approved by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

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Event: 26th OECD Ministerial Roundtable on Sustainable Development – Green Growth [viewed]

This roundtable of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will bring ministers together with business and policy experts. Former political leaders will also be invited to explain what policy advice is needed to turn an idea like green growth into practical and politically realistic policy solutions.  

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Event: Japan-CARICOM Public Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity [viewed]

This public symposium is co-organized by the UN University (UNU), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It will be held back-to-back with the second Japan-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministerial-level conference and will bring together the foreign ministers of the 15 CARICOM member countries. The ministers will be joined by Japanese academics and experts to discuss the threats from climate change faced by CARICOM countries, in particular those that are small island States. These include more frequent and intense hurricanes, subsequent flooding and erosion, and rising sea level. The symposium will also explore further cooperation between CARICOM and Japan.  

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Event: Pacific Environment and Conservation Workers Meeting [viewed]

The meeting is organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and aims to prepare a unified Pacific position on biodiversity for the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Key issues that will be discussed at the meeting include: climate change and biodiversity; invasive species; marine and coastal biodiversity; protected areas; sustainable financing; forest biodiversity; access and benefit sharing; traditional knowledge and agriculture biodiversity. In addition, the meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the new SPREP Strategic Plan and Targets and linkages with the other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).  

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Guest Article #46: IRENA: Tackling Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Developing Renewable Energies [viewed]

Several approaches have been launched to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. One of them is to promote renewable energies and accelerate their deployment. Initiating a paradigm shift and securing the energy transition towards renewable energy were the reasons why 75 countries met in Bonn on January 26th 2009. On that day, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was created as the result of decades of lobbying from researchers, politicians and economists.

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Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network Discusses Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

13 August 2010: The fifth Annual Meeting of the Pacific Disaster Risk Management Partnership Network was organized around the theme "Enhancing the Implementation of the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action through a Multi-stakeholder Approach."

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IEA Workshop Discusses the Need for Energy Storage [viewed]

July 2010: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Energy Conservation through Energy Storage (ECES) Implementing Agreement (IA) held its second workshop titled "Energy Storage – Matching the supply and demand in future" to coordinate research and development activities.

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IEA Demand Side Management Programme Report Highlights Energy Conservation Efforts [viewed]

July 2010: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Demand Side Management Programme (DSM) has released a synopsis of the final report of its Competitive Energy Services (i.e. energy-contracting) project.

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UN Secretary-General Launches Global Sustainability Panel [viewed]

9 August 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a new High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability tasked with finding ways to lift people out of poverty while tackling climate change and ensuring environmentally-friendly economic development.

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