Energy

UNECE Holds Workshop on Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines [viewed]

29 October 2010: As reported in the Weekly newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for the period 1-6 November 2010, the first UNECE Workshop on Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines was held in Beijing, China, on 20 October 2010.

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UN Secretary-General Visits 2010 World Expo [viewed]

31 October 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China, on 31 October 2010, where he underlined that the Expo has provided "invaluable" ideas to tackle some of the biggest current challenges, including rapid urbanization, climate change and sustainable development.

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IDA, GEF Support Clean Energy in Mali [viewed]

29 October 2010: The International Development Association (IDA), a branch of the World Bank Group, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are supporting Mali villagers, through the Household Energy and Universal Access Project (HEURA), to use efficient stoves to replace wood cutting, reduce emissions and indoor air pollution, and preserve forests.

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Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference Adopts Declaration [viewed]

29 October 2010: The Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC 2010) took place from 27-29 October 2010, in New Delhi, India, bringing together over 13,000 participants representing governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to discuss renewables and energy security, climate change and economic development.

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ADB Announces "Lighting for All" Platform [viewed]

29 October 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) have announced a “Lighting for All” platform to help provide clean and affordable electricity to 50 million people who currently rely on expensive and highly polluting fuels for their lighting needs.

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IDB Launches Public Consultations on Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

28 October 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a public consultation process on the draft of its Integrated Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, and Sustainable and Renewable Energy, including a series of workshops to be held in several countries in the region.

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Mediterranean Climate Change Initiative Launched [viewed]

22 October 2010: The Greek Government, with the support of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and in collaboration with leaders from across the Mediterranean, launched the Mediterranean Climate Change Initiative on 22 October 2010, in Athens, Greece.

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UNEP Releases Papers on Bioenergy Sustainability [viewed]

25 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a series of four Issue Papers on bioenergy sustainability, aiming to inform decision makers on debates and emerging issues in this policy area, as well as options for improving the sustainability of the production and consumption of bioenergy.

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G-20 Notes Progress on Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

23 October 2010: The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, on 23 October 2010, noted the progress made on rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.

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ASEAN Plus Three Discuss Agriculture and Forestry Cooperation [viewed]

24 October 2010: The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministers of Agriculture of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (Plus Three Countries) met in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 24 October 2010, to discuss cooperation in agriculture and forestry.

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