Energy

UNIDO Study Outlines Opportunities and Challenges for African Agribusiness and Agro-industries [viewed]

13 May 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published a study, titled “Agribusiness for Africa's Prosperity,” which focuses on the opportunities and challenges for African agribusiness and agro-industries.

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OECD Report Highlights Improvements of Road Freight Policy, Vehicles and Infrastructure [viewed]

6 May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a report titled “Moving Freight with Better Trucks: Improving Safety, Productivity and Sustainability," which aims to identify potential improvements in the regulation, enforcement, efficiency and productivity of trucking.

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Event: Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas [viewed]

This summit is convened by the Governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal with support from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), MacArthur, ICIMOD, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The summit is expected to: outline a 10-year roadmap for adaptation to climate change; develop a proposal to secure all of the eastern Himalaya's temperate and alpine forests and grasslands for ensuring biodiversity persistence and maintaining ecosystem services; and create regional “adaptation expert groups.”  

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IPCC's 33rd Session Establishes Executive Committee, Accepts Summary for Policy Makers of SRREN [viewed]

13 May 2011: The 33rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has decided to establish an Executive Committee, adopted a Conflict of Interest Policy, and introduced several changes to its rules of procedure. IPCC 33 also accepted the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) of the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) approved by Working Group III.

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Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls on Governments to "Pick up Speed and Focus on All Fronts" [viewed]

12 May 2011: During a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, noted that governments are "seriously examining" ways of avoiding a "regulatory void" if the Kyoto Protocol is "allowed to lapse without a replacement mechanism in place by December 2012."

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UNEP Announces Opening of Regional Office of Global Green Growth Institute [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) announced the opening of a regional office of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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UNEP Releases Report on Decoupling Resource Use and Economic Growth [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel has released a report titled “Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth.”

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Event: Carbon Expo 2011 [viewed]

The Carbon Expo is jointly organised by the International Trading Emissions Association (IETA), the World Bank and Fira de Barcelona, and sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It is an annual gathering of representatives from countries, business, carbon traders, technology providers, verifiers and certifiers to discuss carbon markets and projects, network and find about the latest trends in this field.  

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Arctic Council Adopts Nuuk Declaration [viewed]

12 May 2011: The Seventh Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council  was held on 12 May 2011, in Nuuk, Greenland, and concluded with the adoption of the Nuuk Declaration.

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