Energy

Secretary-General Calls for Cooperation with NGOs on Sustainability, Climate, Energy [viewed]

29 August 2011: In a statement to the China-Africa People's Forum, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for close cooperation with NGOs on climate change, energy security, sustainability, and meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UNEP Convenes High Level Meeting on Geothermal Opportunities in African Rift Region [viewed]

2 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) facilitated a meeting with member countries of the African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) to raise awareness of the opportunities associated with geothermal issues. Participants discussed ways in which ARGeo member countries can benefit ARGeo's support services, to accelerate the development of their geothermal resources.

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Guest Article #65: Clean Energy: Helping Propel Asia to New Prosperity [viewed]

There are many people claiming that this could very well be Asia's century. The region's relatively quick recovery from the global recession has caused the economic axis of the world to tilt in its direction, and Asia seems poised to lead the world with its vibrant, dynamic economies. While the eyes of the world may naturally fall on the economic powerhouses of the People's Republic of China and India, countries such as Indonesia and Viet Nam are also finding success, climbing out of poverty to reach middle income status within a few decades, and poised to continue their ascent.

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UNIDO, Germany Strengthen Cooperation on Renewables and Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNIDO2 September 2011: The Government of Germany and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the promotion of energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy in developing countries, including the promotion of sustainable industrial development.  

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UNDP Human Development Report for Bhutan Highlights Climate Change Threats [viewed]

UNDP1 September 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the third National Human Development Report for Bhutan, titled “Sustaining Progress: Rising to the Climate Challenge.” The report notes that climate change is threatening the economic and human development gains that contribute to Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (GNH) and that building resilience is crucial to safeguard the livelihoods of about a quarter of the Bhutanese population who depend on subsistence farming and natural resources.

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UNECE Publishes Technical Cooperation Success Stories [viewed]

31 August 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report highlighting success stories of its technical cooperation work, including on climate change, biodiversity and energy.

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UNWTO Completes Testing of Hotel Energy Solutions Toolkit [viewed]

30 August 2011: The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has finalized the testing of its Hotel Energy Solutions e-toolkit. The toolkit provides hoteliers with a current energy-use report and recommends renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

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IRENA and REEEP Sign Partnership Agreement [viewed]

25 August 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining a framework for cooperation for the next three years.

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UN Secretary-General Underlines Need for Clean Energy [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Sectretary-General25 August 2011: Addressing the participants of a Roundtable on Sustainable Energy for All at the University of Denver, as well as at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underlined the need for countries to move down a clean energy pathway.

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OECD Paper Reviews Policies for Investing in Renewable Energy Plants [viewed]

July 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper entitled “Sources of Finance, Investment Policies and Plant Entry in the Renewable Energy Sector,” which reviews public policies promoting investment in renewable energies at the plant level.

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