Technology

FAO Launches Fire Monitoring System Portal [viewed]

11 August 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched an online portal, the Global Fire Information Management System (GFIRMS), that provides daily updates on fires through satellites operated by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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IEA Workshop Discusses the Need for Energy Storage [viewed]

July 2010: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Energy Conservation through Energy Storage (ECES) Implementing Agreement (IA) held its second workshop titled "Energy Storage – Matching the supply and demand in future" to coordinate research and development activities.

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IEA Demand Side Management Programme Report Highlights Energy Conservation Efforts [viewed]

July 2010: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Demand Side Management Programme (DSM) has released a synopsis of the final report of its Competitive Energy Services (i.e. energy-contracting) project.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Climate Change and Business Conference [viewed]

10 August 2010: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, addressed, via video link, the sixth Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference, which convened in Sydney, Australia, from 10-12 August 2010.

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Greening the Blue Launches Resources Tab [viewed]

10 August 2010: UN's Greening the Blue launched a resources section on its website that includes background information needed to move a UN organization towards greater sustainability.

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UN Secretary-General Launches Global Sustainability Panel [viewed]

9 August 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a new High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability tasked with finding ways to lift people out of poverty while tackling climate change and ensuring environmentally-friendly economic development.

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UNIDO's "Making It" Magazine Focuses on Policy Issues [viewed]

August 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the latest issue of its magazine "Making It: Industry for Development" on the theme “The Policy Choice.” With this theme, the magazine aims to highlight the notion that the real question about industrial policy is how it should be practiced, not whether it should be practiced.

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IEA Releases July Edition of OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin [viewed]

21 July 2010: The Committee on Energy Research and Technology of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the 70th issue of its OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin.

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UNECE Holds Round Table on Climate Change and Transport [viewed]

June 2010: Under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the 151st Session of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held a Round Table on Climate Change and Transport in Geneva, Switzerland, on 24 June 2010.

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Event: 62nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The Executive Committee is expected to continue its consideration of matters related to the phase-out of HCFCs and other remaining ozone depleting substances (ODS), as well as financial planning and consideration of the three-year business plans of the bilateral and implementing agencies, and agencies' work programmes.  

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