Technology

Second Clean Energy Ministerial Discusses Progress on Energy Initiatives [viewed]

7 April 2011: The second Clean Energy Ministerial took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 6-7 April 2011, to discuss progress on initiatives developed as a result of the first Clean Energy Ministerial, which met in July 2010, in Washington DC, US.

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UN-Energy and Partners Organize Roundtable on Climate Finance and Energy Access [viewed]

7 April 2011: A Roundtable on Climate Finance and Energy Access was held on 7 April 2011, during the 2011 Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, which was held from 4-7 April 2011, in New York, US. The Roundtable, hosted by Bloomberg New Finance in association with the UN Foundation and UN-Energy, championed the UN's efforts to raise awareness about the importance of extending modern energy services to the billions who still lack them.

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64th Session of UNECE Commission Focuses on Energy and Transport [viewed]

6 April 2011: The 64th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which convened from 29-31 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, discussed economic integration and cooperation with a focus on transport and trade infrastructure and energy cooperation.

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IEA Publishes First Clean Energy Progress Report [viewed]

6 April 2011: As an input to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), held on 6-7 April 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), the International Energy Agency (IEA) has published its first “Clean Energy Progress Report,” assessing global deployment of clean energy technologies and recommending actions for their promotion.

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UNEP/GEF en.lighten Initiative Releases First Newsletter [viewed]

1 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten initiative has released the first issue of its newsletter, which contains information on taskforces, country lighting assessments, and action at the country level.

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UNDP, GEF Support Solar Energy in Nigeria [viewed]

UNDP22 March 2011: The Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC), in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme (GEF SGP), the Global Greengrants Fund (GGF) and the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), is implementing a project titled "Access to Electricity in Odighi Community in Edo State using Photo Voltaic" in Nigeria.

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Event: Eye on Earth Summit [viewed]

The Eye on Earth Summit, Pursuing a Vision, is being organised under the theme "Dynamic system to keep the world environmental situation under review." This event will launch the global environmental information network (EIN) strengthening initiative and address major policy and technical issues. The Summit is co-organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, European Environment Agency, among others, and funded by the United Arab Emirates. An expected outcome of the Summit will be a clear statement on ways and means to strengthen existing initiatives and fill gaps towards informed policy making in support of a sustainable future. As part of preparations for the UNCSD in 2012, the Eye on the Earth Summit represents an opportunity and milestone to focus attention on the 20 years of collective efforts of making the best environmental information available to support decision making in order to achieve sustainable development, reduce poverty and transform the global economy.  

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UNDP Implements GEF Hydropower Project in Lao People's Democratic Republic [viewed]

7 April 2011: Funding from the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has allowed villagers in Lao People's Democratic Republic to access clean electricity from a 7.5kW hydro-power turbine.

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UNEP, WMO Release Ozone Depletion Assessment [viewed]

5 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have released an assessment titled “Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2010,” which reports record stratospheric ozone loss in the Arctic.

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First IRENA Assembly Designates Permanent Seat, Elects Council Members [viewed]

6 April 2011: The fifth session of the Preparatory Commission for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the first session of the Assembly of IRENA were held from 3-5 April 2011, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Assembly was the inaugural meeting IRENA's governing body, and was attended by 950 participants, including one Head of State, over 50 ministers, 30 ministerial-level officials, 670 country delegates, 130 observers and officials, and 70 accredited media.

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