Energy

UNFCCC Releases Parties' Submissions on CCS under the CDM [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the submissions from three parties on their views regarding specific aspects of the eligibility of carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) projects as Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.8). 

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UNDP Policy Bureau Director Highlights Importance of Holistic Approach to Development [viewed]

27 March 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published a piece on "Our Perspective," written by Olav Kjorven, Director of UNDP's Bureau for Development Policy, on the relevance of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the need to empower people and integrate environmental and social protection to ensure a sustainable future.

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Nordic Environment Ministers Adopt Svalbard Declaration on Short-lived Climate Forcers [viewed]

27 March 2012: Nordic Environment Ministers from Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Åland adopted the Svalbard Declaration on Short-lived Climate Forcers (SLCFs) under the Nordic Council of Ministers to reduce emissions of short life-span gases, including black carbon, which have a large impact on both climate and health.

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Indonesia Partners with UNDP, Japan to Reduce ODS [viewed]

26 March 2012: A press release issued by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) describes a public-private partnership between Indonesia, Japan, and Japanese air conditioner companies helping Indonesia develop an environmentally sustainable and climate-friendly air-conditioning industry.

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Event: GEF STAP Meeting [viewed]

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold its next meeting in conjunction with the Planet Under Pressure Conference. At its meeting, STAP will seek to address the following objectives, among other tasks: define new additions to its work programme, drawing conclusions in part from the Planet Under Pressure Conference; present and discuss preliminary findings from its review of the GEF targeted research policy; and prepare for the fifth overall performance study of the GEF.  

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UNECE, FAO Release North American Forest Sector Outlook Study [viewed]

27 March 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched the North American Forest Sector Outlook Study (NAFSOS), examining changes in the forest sectors of the US and Canada. 

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PROFOR Advisory Board Reviews 2011 Activities [viewed]

14 March 2012: At the annual meeting of the Program on Forests (PROFOR) Advisory Board, the Secretariat reported on activity outcomes of the calendar year and sought decisions and guidance from the Board on a range of issues.

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UN Report Highlights Sustainable Development Challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

23 March 2012: A new report on sustainable development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, prepared by 13 UN agencies, has highlighted the need for the region to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in green jobs, and establish social protection floors in order to ensure a sustainable future.

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World Bank Helps Azerbaijan Reduce Gas Flaring [viewed]

World Bank23 March 2012: The World Bank has announced that its Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership has supported Azerbaijan in reducing their gas flaring emissions by half since 2008, avoiding the waste of a quarter billion cubic meters of natural gas and greatly improving the environmental performance of its oil producing activities.

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IEA Paper Reviews IEA Role in Sustainable Global Energy Management [viewed]

IEA22 March 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a document titled “Worldwide Engagement for Sustainable Energy Strategies,” detailing the IEA's role in the global energy industry over time.

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