Intergovernmental Organization

Event: Transforming Innovation into Realistic Market Implementation Programmes [viewed]

This meeting of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Committee on Energy Research and Technology's Expert Group on Research and Development Priority Setting and Evaluation (EGRD) will continue discussions begun in 2009 on strategies to overcome risks, costs and other implementation barriers to new climate-friendly technologies. In particular, the meeting will consider best practices for technology development in policies, programmes and measures at various stages of the research, development and deployment chain, including sessions on: creating business from ideas; early market stage entry; and full-scale market implementation: shaping consumer behavior.  

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OECD Publishes Report on Microfinance for Adaptation [viewed]

12 February 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper on "Assessing the Role of Microfinance in Fostering Adaptation to Climate Change," which focuses on delivery mechanisms to channel adaptation resources towards the poor, who are also often the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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Guest Article #38: Water, development and climate change [viewed]

Water does not specifically appear in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change language on adaptation. There is however no doubt of the central and cross-cutting role water resource management plays in climate adaptation. In essence, water is central to development and climate change impacts on both water and development.

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EU-ACP Agreement Revised [viewed]

19 March 2010: The European Commission and the 79 States of the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) group have concluded the second revision of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, which sets the framework for their cooperation. The revision aims to adapt the Agreement to today's challenges, such as climate change, food security, regional integration, State fragility and aid effectiveness.

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EIB and DBSA Cooperate on Infrastructure Projects [viewed]

18 March 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have agreed to set up a joint technical assistance programme to improve the preparation and implementation of infrastructure projects.

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IEA Director Discusses Second Generation Biofuels [viewed]

16 March 2010: Nobuo Tanaka, International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director, delivered a presentation comparing the potential of biofuels in business-as-usual and reduced emissions scenarios at the World Biofuels Markets Conference 2010, which took place from 15-17 March 2010, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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EEA Releases Fourth Biodiversity Message [viewed]

17 March 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published the fourth message in its series of ‘10 messages for 2010.' The fourth message focuses on marine ecosystems and highlights links with climate change.

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EU Ministers Develop Conclusions Regarding Copenhagen Follow-up [viewed]

15 March 2010: During a meeting on 15 March 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, the Council of the Environment Ministers of the EU adopted conclusions on climate change regarding the “Follow-up to the Copenhagen Conference.”

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EU Ministers Link Post-2010 Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

15 March 2010: During a meeting on 15 March 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, the Council of the Environment Ministers of the EU adopted Conclusions on biodiversity post-2010, which include several references to climate change.

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IEA and WBCSD Cooperate on Low-Carbon Transitioning [viewed]

10 March 2010: Over 30 technology executives met under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on 10 March 2010, and adopted a statement on concrete action for the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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