Intergovernmental Process

UNITAR, IGAD Strengthen DRR Capacity in East Africa [viewed]

UNITAR IGAD19 April 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have begun implementing a new disaster risk reduction (DRR) partnership project with an inaugural training course on DRR Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial Launches Actions on Energy Access, Efficiency, and Supply [viewed]

18 April 2013: Leaders from the Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) 23 participant countries have announced new actions and reaffirmed existing commitments to accelerate clean energy deployment, improve energy efficiency, and increase access to clean energy around the world. The energy ministers and other high-level delegates who gathered for the Ministerial's fourth meeting (CEM4) also outlined progress on CEM's 13 current initiatives and welcomed further work on clean energy finance to be delivered to CEM5 in the Republic of Korea in 2014.

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LDCs to "Take the Lead" on Climate Change [viewed]

25 March 2013: Representatives from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group met from 22-23 March 2013, in Kathmandu, Nepal, to reflect on the outcome of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, in Doha, Qatar, as well as to define priorities, goals and a strategy for the challenges ahead.

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Dublin Conference Stresses Local Solutions to Address Food Security and Climate Challenges [viewed]

16 April 2013: At a two-day conference in Dublin, Ireland, global leaders discussed critical challenges related to addressing hunger, nutrition and climate justice. Panel discussions focused on: risks, rights, knowledge and empowerment in the hunger, nutrition and climate justice dialogue; a vision for the world in 2050; local knowledge and local solutions; the post-2015 development agenda; effective policy responses; and commitments to lead.

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Ministerial Meeting Discusses Scaling Up Climate Finance [viewed]

17 April 2013: Ministers and senior officials from over a dozen donor countries met in Washington, DC, US, on 10-11 April 2013, to discuss ways to meet the challenge of scaling up climate finance and low-carbon investment in developing countries.

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Global LEAP Accepting Nominations for Off-Grid LED Lighting Appliances [viewed]

3 April 2013: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) has announced it is accepting nominations for the first round of its Outstanding Off-Grid Product Awards, which will cover six categories of affordable, super-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) room lighting appliances.

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C3E Soliciting Nominations for Women in Clean Energy Awards [viewed]

2 April 2013: The US Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative has announced it is accepting nominations for its US C3E awards, which will honor mid-career achievements of women in clean energy.

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Fifth BRICS Summit Discusses Partnership for Development in Africa [viewed]

27 March 2013: Representatives from Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) met in Durban, South Africa, on 27 March 2013, at the Fifth BRICS Summit, which addressed the theme “BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialization.” The Summit concluded with the adoption of the eThekwini Declaration, which considers a range of international issues, including the global economy, sustainable development, climate change and trade.

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Workshop Supports Youth Involvement in REDD+ [viewed]

25 March 2013: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) hosted a meeting of the Reseau des Jeunes pour les Forêts d'Afrique Centrale (REJEFAC), from 3-4 March in Douala, Cameroon to improve youth engagement in the sustainable management of forests.

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Pacific Energy Summit Secures Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding [viewed]

26 March 2013: The Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland, New Zealand, which brought together Pacific Island leaders, international investment and development banks, aid donor countries and private sector representatives, resulted in funding commitments of US$635 million to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Pacific Island countries.

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