Energy

UNGA Second Committee Discusses Financing for Development [viewed]

UNGA16 October 2013: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) took up its agenda item on financing for development and macroeconomic policy. In a meeting on 16 October 2013, in New York, US, Member States discussed global trade, sovereign debt, official development assistance (ODA), poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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Latin America Attracts Growing Share of Clean Energy Investment: IDB, Bloomberg Report [viewed]

climate-scope16 October 2013: A study conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) finds that the Latin America and Caribbean region is attracting a growing share of global clean energy investment, changing from 5.7% of the world total of US$302.3 billion in 2011, to 6% of the world total of US$268.7 billion in 2012.

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World Energy Council Offers Ten-Point Agenda for Change [viewed]

world-energy-congress15 October 2013: The World Energy Council (WEC) has released a ten-point action plan and detailed guide to creating a framework to help governments, industry and key decision makers to address the inter-related challenges of energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability.

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OECD Report Analyzes Carbon Pricing and Climate Policies [viewed]

OECD9 October 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a policy paper, titled 'Climate and carbon: Aligning prices and policies,' which contains lessons learned from OECD analysis on carbon pricing and climate policies. The report recommends that governments gradually phase-out fossil fuel emissions and provide consistent signals to consumers, producers and investors.

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Budapest Water Summit Calls for a Water-related Post-2015 Goal [viewed]

budapest-water-summit11 October 2013: The Budapest Water Summit brought together participants representing governments, international organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector. The Summit discussed, in particular, the developments within and without the UN system on the development of water-related goals for the post-2015 development agenda.

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AfDB Launches Green Bond Programme for Financing Climate Solutions [viewed]

AfDB11 October 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched its inaugural Green Bond, which aims to provide funding for low-carbon and climate-resilient projects, focusing on, inter alia, programmes for sustainable energy and resilient landscapes. It furthers AfDB's aim to increase the use of public-private partnerships to meet development challenges.

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APEC Leaders Pledge to Promote Sustainable and Inclusive Growth [viewed]

apec8 October 2013: Ministers from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies pledged strong commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth at the close of the 25th APEC Ministerial Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on 8 October 2013.

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Event: International Conference on Climate Change, Water Resources and Disasters in Mountainous Regions: Building Resilience to Changing Climate [viewed]

This Conference will provide scientists, engineers, planners and development workers with a platform to present their research outcomes, observations, findings and innovative ideas. Conference themes include: climate variability and changes; water resources management; transboundary issues of water resources; cryospheric changes and its impacts on water resources; land degradation, hazards and disaster risk reduction (DRR); river basin modeling for impact assessment; watershed management and ecosystem services; renewable energy and food security; climate services for building resilience; and adaptation strategies for building a resilient society. The conference is jointly organized by the Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists Nepal (SOHAM-Nepal), the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) of the Government of Nepal, and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme Nepal (IHP) National Committee.  

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Second Committee Discusses Development in General Debate [viewed]

UNGA11 October 2013: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) conducted its General Debate for the 68th Session, held from 9-11 October 2013, in New York, US. Speakers addressed development issues of concern to their countries including in the context of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and agreeing on the post-2015 development agenda. They also addressed issues of financing for development, poverty eradication, countries in special situations, and technology transfer, while outlining important issues for a sustainable development agenda. 

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World Irrigation Forum Highlights Agriculture and Water Linkages [viewed]

worldirrigationforum10 October 2013: Agricultural water management stakeholders, including smallholder farmers, discussed food insecurity challenges at the First World Irrigation Forum (WIF), which took place in Mardin, Turkey. The Forum focused on water challenges affecting the agricultural sector, with the aim of discussing agricultural concerns not traditionally emphasized in other fora, such as the World Water Forums (WWFs).

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