Technology

Event: World Habitat Day 2010: Better City, Better Life [viewed]

The Global Observance of the 2010 World Habitat Day will be held at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. As part of the celebration, a special meeting on the ‘Livable City in a Harmonious Society' will be held. The meeting is one of the six major discussions happening during this week on key urban topics including sustainability, urban development, the environment, economy, cultural heritage, science and innovation. As part of the celebrations worldwide, UN-HABITAT, in partnership with the National Institute for Disaster Management of Mozambique (INGC), is holding a special event in the areas where floods were caused by heavy rains in recent years in Mutarara village, located in the central province of Tete, Mozambique. The event will screen two films: one titled ‘The Change,' on the causes, effects and adaptation measures to cope with climate change; and a second titled ‘The River,' which features how people living near the Limpopo river in the southern part of the country have adapted to live with floods.  

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Event: Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Policy Workshop [viewed]

This second International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) regional workshop on renewable energy policy is held in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Korea. Held in connection with “Renewable Energy Korea 2010,” the largest exhibition dedicated to renewables in Korea, this workshop aims to offer policy advice, a platform to identify policy priorities, and an opportunity to share experiences and exchange views on renewable energy. It will be made up of three sessions on: renewable energy in the Asia Pacific region; locating barriers and policy advice; and regional cooperation for energy deployment.  

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Event: International Transport Forum [viewed]

The Forum is organized by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It will focus on the essential role of transport within society, and how it can continue to contribute to economic growth and community prosperity.  

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Event: Global Green Growth 2010 Conference [viewed]

This Conference is organized and hosted by Climate Consortium Denmark and is supported by the Danish Government. Participants are to discuss the political framework, the role of businesses, and financing in connection with the transition to green growth. The conference aims to put forward ideas that can contribute to creating growth and new jobs based on green solutions at the global level.  

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Event: ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 [viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, the top policy making body of the ITU, is held every four years and sets the ITU's policy, financial planning and strategic goals. This year's Conference will consider various issues, including: ITU's strategic plan and financial plan for 2012-2015; cybersecurity; and the enhanced use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in mitigating climate change and delivering emergency communication in the wake of natural disasters. In addition, the Conference will include four side event sessions featuring debates between experts from government and industry, on: roadblocks to ‘broadband inclusion for all;' enabling a low-carbon future: the key role of ICTs to address climate change; accessible ICTs for persons with disabilities; and cybersecurity.  

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UNFCCC Publishes WHO AWG-LCA Submission [viewed]

30 September 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a submission (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/MISC.7) from the World Health Organization (WHO) under ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan.

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UNGA General Debate Wraps Up [viewed]

29 September 2010: The General Debate of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded on 29 September 2010, in New York, US, with Assembly President Joseph Deiss (Switzerland) underlining that many speakers had addressed the risks associated with climate change, including the loss of biodiversity, and reiterated the need for more efforts to address those challenges head on.

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World Bank and IDB Co-Organize Energy Efficiency and Access Forum for Latin America [viewed]

29 September 2010: An Energy Efficiency and Access Forum, which was jointly organized by the Mexican Government, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank, highlighted that Latin America's power generating capacity may need to double over the next 20 years to meet the growing demand for electricity.

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IEA Newsletter Discusses World's First CSS Standard [viewed]

29 September 2010: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Greenhouse Gas Research and Development Program's (IEAGHG) latest Greenhouse Issues newsletter focuses on carbon capture and storage (CCS) discussions within the G8, the development of a new CSS standard, and other CSS-related news.

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UNDP Contributes to Recovery Efforts in Pakistan [viewed]

29 September 2010: As part of the recovery efforts from the monsoon floods in Pakistan, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will build approximately 5,000 disaster-resistant and energy efficient houses for those left homeless in the coastal area of Thatta, where 86% of the population lives below the poverty line.

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