Energy

Event: 40th GEF Council Meeting [viewed]

The GEF Council functions as the main governing body of the GEF. Its 32 members meet twice a year, with each representing a group of countries (‘constituency') including both donors and recipients of GEF funding. GEF funding is channeled to several focal areas, namely: biological diversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, ozone layer depletion and persistent organic pollutants.  

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UNWTO Assists Hotels in Reducing Carbon Footprint [viewed]

22 December 2010: The UN World Tourism Organization (UN WTO) has announced an initiative to improve energy efficiency in the hotel industry.

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Informal Geneva Green Group Formed [viewed]

20 December 2010: UN Greening the Blue has reported that an informal Geneva Green Group was formed, gathering staff at Geneva-based UN organizations interested in getting involved in activities carried out in support of “greening the UN.”

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EU Works Towards Resource-Efficiency Strategy [viewed]

20 December 2010: Environment ministers discussed a proposal to establish a strategy on resource efficiency in 2011, as well as preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

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Germany Commits Funding to FAO for Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

17 December 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN announced Germany's commitment of almost $6 million for climate-smart agriculture, sustainable livelihoods and food and nutrition security.

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Event: Third Africa Carbon Forum [viewed]

The Africa Carbon Forum is a trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments in Africa. The third Africa Carbon Forum is being organized by the UNFCCC, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Risoe Centre, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB). It is intended to bring together representatives from Designated National Authorities (DNA), national focal points, representatives from several UN agencies, governments and the private sector, and will include matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions that will allow potential CDM project developers to showcase their projects to interested parties, including investors and carbon buyers.  

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CIFOR Publishes Report on Land Use Competition from Biofuel Expansion [viewed]

December 2010: The Center For International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper titled "Potential land use competition from first-generation biofuel expansion in developing countries."

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UNEP Releases Report on Climate Financial Flows [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Climate Change Working Group for Bilateral Finance Institutions has released its annual report on climate change financial flows to developing countries titled: “Bilateral Finance Institutions and Climate Change: A Mapping of 2009 Climate Financial Flows to Developing Countries.”

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UNEP Releases Publication on Green Economy and Fiscal Reform [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a Green Economy publication titled “Driving a Green Economy Through Public Finance and Fiscal Policy Reform,” which prioritizes the need to reform environmentally harmful subsidies in the agriculture, energy, fisheries, forest and water sectors.

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ASEAN and US Cooperate on Energy Efficiency Regulation [viewed]

15 December 2010: The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of Energy are supporting energy regulators in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries to establish energy efficiency standards and labeling programmes.

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