Technology

GEF Co-Organizes Conference on Renewable Energy in Emerging Markets [viewed]

13feb09-reem09-tn0February 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is co-organizing a conference on “Implementation of Renewable Energy in the Emerging Markets of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean 2009 (REEM09),” which is scheduled to take place from 27-29 April 2009, in San Francisco, US.

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OECD Forum 2009 to Address the Global Crisis and Green Growth [viewed]

13feb09-42049378-tnFebruary 2009: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum will take place in Paris, France, on 23-24 June 2009, in conjunction with the annual OECD ministerial summit, which will be chaired by the Republic of Korea's Prime Minister HAN, Seung-soo.

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ADB Plans Energy Week and Climate Change Debates in June 2009 [viewed]

13feb09-iFebruary 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning three events in 2009 related to clean energy and climate: a Climate and Clean Energy Week on 15-19 June 2009; a High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific on 16-17 June; and the Fourth Asia Clean Energy Forum 2009 on 17-19 June.

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New Chair of the CDM Executive Board Stresses Role of International Emissions Offsetting in Response to Climate Change [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat11 February 2009: The first meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB) in 2009 is taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 11-13 February 2009. At the meeting, in assuming the Chair of the CDM EB, Lex de Jonge underlined the need to scale up and enhance the CDM to release its full potential, underlining that it stimulates investment in green growth in developing countries, engages the private sector in climate change action, and provides countries with some flexibility in meeting their emission reduction targets.

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ICAO Holds Workshop on Aviation and Alternative Fuels [viewed]

Workshop website11 February 2009: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is holding its first Workshop on Aviation and Alternative Fuels in Montreal, Canada, from 10-12 February 2009. The workshop aims to provide a forum to explore potential options, challenges to development and deployment of alternative fuels, as well as initiatives to promote cooperation in this field. The event is designed as a preparatory event to a major conference in November 2009 that will showcase progress and establish a road map for the implementation of alternative fuels for aviation.

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UN Secretary-General Reviews Travels, Confirms High-Level Meeting on Climate Change in September 2009 [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

10 February 2009: In a press conference given at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon provided an overview of his recent travels. He recalled that in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, he spoke on climate change and stressed the need for “global leadership of the highest order” to complete the negotiations in December in Copenhagen. He also mentioned that in Delhi, India, at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, he argued for “green growth” or a Green New Deal that stimulates economic growth and fights climate change by investing in renewable energy. He indicated that he would carry this theme forward at the upcoming G-20 summit meeting in London, UK, on 2 April.

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IEA Launches “Project Transitions” [viewed]

Project Transitions

10 February 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched Project Transitions, a multi-stakeholder, multi-output research programme, to determine effective policy responses to the issue of the useful life of energy infrastructure and its related greenhouse gas emissions through micro-scale analysis from an investor's perspective.

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ICRISAT and Government of India Launch Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops [viewed]

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

9 February 2009: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and the Government of India's Department of Biotechnology (DBT) have initiated the establishment of a Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops (PTTC). The Platform will combine the expertise of DBT and ICRISAT and build partnerships for agri-biotechnological research and development of products that meet the needs of agricultural growth and benefit poor farmers by improving their incomes.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Advance Reports from Poznan [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretariat

4 February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two reports from sessions held in Poznan, Poland, from 1-10 December 2008: the Report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol on its resumed sixth session and the Report of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation on its 29th session. 

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UN Secretary-General Calls on CARICOM to Address Climate Change and the Financial Crisis “in Tandem” [viewed]

Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM)

9 February 2009: In a speech given at the opening of the Fifth General Meeting of the UN and Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and its Associated Institutions, taking place in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for the two institutions to step up their collaboration in the face of multiple global crises. 

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