Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) [viewed]

The Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) brings together representatives from government, the private sector and civil society to discuss the advancement of renewable energy. The fifth such conference will be jointly organized with the sixth edition of the United Arab Emirates' World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the International Water Summit 2013, and will follow the IRENA General Assembly meeting. Objectives of the conference are to analyze and highlight the achievements of the UN Secretary General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, which was launched at the WFES 2012, and discuss the contribution of renewable energy to economic development, energy security and mitigation of climate change. The conference is expected to offer a strategic platform to discuss the impact of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC to be held in Qatar at the end of 2012, and the role of renewable energy on economic development, energy security and climate change mitigation. IREC is organized every two years and convened by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The event will see thousands of participants engaging in dialogues on the policy, finance, business and technology of renewable energy in a series of panel discussions, presentations, speeches and exhibitions. The events are part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).  

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TERI and Indus Towers Partner on Clean Energy in Rural India [viewed]

12 May 2012: Through its Lighting a Billion Lives Programme (LaBL), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has entered into a five year partnership with Indus Towers, a company that provides passive infrastructure services to telecom operators, have entered into a five year partnership to sponsor clean energy and rural entrepreneurship in 660 villages in India.

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en.lighten Initiative Highlights Start of Efficient Lighting Transition Initiatives [viewed]

22 May 2012: The fifth issue of the e-newsletter of the en.lighten initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) highlights that the en.lighten Project Steering Committee endorsed the selection of 14 priority pilot countries, which will be supported in developing country-led efficient lighting transition strategies. Activities are set to commence in these pilot countries in June 2012.

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Honduras Hosts First LAC Dialogue on Climate Financing and Development Effectiveness [viewed]

4 May 2012: The First Latin American and Caribbean Dialogue on Climate Finance and Development Effectiveness exchanged concrete experiences on various aspects of climate finance management in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), including public policies, the institutional architecture, and mechanisms for financial management.

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ECLAC Assesses Impact of Tropical Depression 12-E [viewed]

4 May 2012: The subregional headquarters for Mexico and Central America of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has issued an assessment of the impact of Tropical Depression 12-E on Central America. The assessment includes, at the behest of Central American Heads of State, some reflections on the regional policy implications of tropical storms that appear to be increasing in frequency and severity due to climate change.

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UNFCCC Releases Further Submission on Financing Results-Based Actions on REDD+ [viewed]

21 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the joint submission from Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and Sao Tome and Principe, which contains their views on modalities and procedures for financing results-based actions and considering activities related to decision 1/CP.16, paragraphs 68-70 and 72 (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.3/Add.2).

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UNFCCC Releases Further Submission on the New Market-Based Mechanism [viewed]

18 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submission from Bolivia containing its views on the new market-based mechanism (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.6/Add.2).

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UNFCCC Releases Status of Contributions [viewed]

11 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note containing the status of receipt of contributions as of 1 May 2012 (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.5).

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G-8 Calls for Comprehensive Energy Strategy [viewed]

19 May 2012: The G-8 Summit at Camp David recognized the need for universal access to environmentally sound, sustainable, secure and affordable sources of energy to ensure global economic growth and address climate change.

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EBRD Announces New Energy Efficiency Phase of its Sustainable Energy Initiative [viewed]

18 May 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is stepping up investments to improve energy efficiency and address climate change via new investment in projects worth up to €25 billion over the next three years, under the new phase of the Bank's Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI).

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