Intergovernmental Organization

UNISDR Workshop Discusses Strategy for Disaster and Climate Resilient Development in the Pacific [viewed]

UNISDR21 January 2014: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened a workshop to develop a post-2015 Strategy for Disaster and Climate Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP). The new strategy aims to bring together the fields of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaption to increase the resilience of Pacific countries.

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European Commission Analyzes Energy Prices and Costs [viewed]

European Union 22 January 2014: The European Commission has released the 'Energy Prices and Costs Report,' which seeks to inform policy makers on recent energy price increases in Europe and their impact on energy consumers. The report describes the drivers for rising retail energy prices, with a focus on electricity and gas, and analyzes how their prices have evolved in recent years in different EU member States.

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Event: Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium [viewed]

Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.  

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Ministerial Summit Renews GEO's Mandate [viewed]

geox17 January 2014: The Group on Earth Observations' (GEO) Tenth Plenary Session (GEO-X) and Geneva Ministerial Summit renewed GEO's mandate and launched the process for the development of a second 10-Year Implementation Plan for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to cover 2015-2025.

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EC Study Outlines Pathway to Standardizing Disaster Loss Databases [viewed]

European Union16 January 2014: The European Commission (EC) released a report, titled 'Recording Disaster Losses: Recommendations for a European Approach,' which outlines a pathway for a standardized European approach to record and manage disaster loss.

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Event: GEO-XI [viewed]

The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

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Event: IRENA Africa Clean Energy Corridor High-Level Meeting [viewed]

This ministerial meeting is being convened to consider an Action Agenda for the Africa Clean Energy Corridor, an initiative launched at the third session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly in January 2013, with the objective of developing clean, indigenous, cost-effective renewable power to support Africa's economic development. The Ministerial Round Table will discuss: benefits of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor; countries' views on the opportunity to move to a renewable energy future; key challenges that countries will face in making the transition; whether countries are fully equipped to use their renewables resource potential; and whether the concept of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor provides the necessary elements to enable renewable energy transition.  

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Bioversity Releases Seeds for Needs Policy Briefs [viewed]

seedsforneedJanuary 2014: Bioversity International has released policy briefs from its Seeds for Needs project, which seeks to combine climate change scenarios with information on crop diversity to better understand autonomous and planned adaptation strategies in the face of climate change.

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Event: Second High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership [viewed]

The second High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), jointly organized by the Government of Ethiopia and the African Union Commission (AUC), will gather African and European Ministers, AU and European Union (EU) Commissioners, and other high-level policy-makers, international organizations, the private sector, academia, and civil society to discuss Africa-EU cooperation on energy and foster further commitments and action on the energy challenges facing the two continents. The High Level Meeting will take place from 12-13 February 2014, and a business exhibition showcasing technologies for overcoming Africa's energy challenges will take place at the same venue from 11-13 February 2014.  

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ICRAF Publication Notes Need for Research on Agroforestry Benefits [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 January 2014: In a report, titled 'Agroforestry Solutions to Address Food Security and Climate Change Challenges in Africa,' the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) explores the potential of agroforestry, noting that while it can increase agricultural production in some circumstances, additional research is needed to establish the conditions under which a concrete link can be drawn between agroforestry and improved food security.  

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