Energy

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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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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BRICS Call for Accelerating Growth and Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 March 2012: At the conclusion of a one-day meeting, leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) issued the New Delhi Declaration on Partnership for Global Stability, Security and Prosperity, which calls for accelerating growth, sustainable development, and food and energy security. 

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UN Observes “Earth Hour” [viewed]

31 March 2012: The UN observed “Earth Hour” on 31 March by turning off the lights at its New York Headquarters and other facilities around the world, for one hour. Earth Hour was launched in 2007 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and calls for people, organizations and cities to turn off non-essential lights for an hour.

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UNEP SEED Symposium Highlights Role of Grassroots Entrepreneurs in the Green Economy [viewed]

29 March 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the SEED Symposium, which aimed to provide a platform to explore the potential contribution that small, medium and micro enterprises can make to the Green Economy, and to showcase the 2011 SEED award winners.  

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Planet Under Pressure Conference Releases State of the Planet Declaration [viewed]

29 March 2012: The 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference, which convened under the theme “New Knowledge Towards Solutions,” issued the "State of the Planet Declaration," which includes statements of support from the Planet Under Pressure Board of Patrons, the UN Secretary-General, and the youth movement.

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Nordic Council of Ministers Biomass Conference Begins Process to Promote Sustainable Nordic Biomass [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has reported on the outcome of a Nordic-Baltic biomass conference held in Copenhagen on 21 March 2012, noting the Baltic Sea region can become a leader in sustainable biomass production.

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IDB Grant Promotes Sustainable Management of Energy Resources in Peru [viewed]

IDB29 March 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a CAD$19 million grant from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to support the Program for a Sustainable and Efficient Management of Energy Resources in Peru.

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UNU, IPCC Convene Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Mitigation [viewed]

2 April 2012: The UN University (UNU) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened a three-day workshop on “Climate Change Mitigation with Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects.” Participants examined how mitigation efforts can impact indigenous peoples and local communities, and what barriers exist to their involvement and their capacity to benefit.

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IEA Publishes CCS Retrofitting Study for the Coal Energy Sector [viewed]

IEA29 March 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a working paper analyzing of the global coal-fired plant fleet, drawing on existing research on carbon capture and storage (CCS) retrofitting.

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