Energy

World Bank Report 2010 Highlights Rise in Climate-Related Investments [viewed]

October 2010: The World Bank presented its Report 2010, which indicates that Bank support to low-carbon investments, including through the International Development Association (IDA) and Trust Funds, rose to US$3.9 billion this fiscal year, up from US$2.4 billion in fiscal 2009.

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OPEC Celebrates 50th Anniversary [viewed]

October 2010: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its creation by making reference to its achievements, including sustainable development.

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UNDP Supports Sustainable Energy Project in Tanzania [viewed]

UNDP19 October 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting a pilot project in Tanzania that aims to reduce firewood use by 50% by providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy services to the poor. 

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First APEC Summit on Food Security Held [viewed]

17 October 2010: Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers responsible for food security met for the first time in Niigata, Japan, from 16-17 October 2010, and agreed on the Niigata Declaration on APEC Food Security, which contains several references to climate change.

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UNEP and Partners Co-Organize Conference on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform [viewed]

14 October 2010: The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) co-organized a conference titled "Increasing the Momentum of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform: Developments and Opportunities," which took place from 14-15 October 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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ADB Supports Establishment of the Asia Solar Energy Forum [viewed]

14  October 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a US$2 million technical assistance grant to establish the Asia Solar Energy Forum, a knowledge sharing and communication platform for sector stakeholders to exchange information on how to accelerate and expand the use of solar power.

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CBD COP 10 Opens in Nagoya [viewed]

18 October 2010: Following the conclusion of the Biosafety Protocol COP/MOP 5, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10) opened on 18 October 2010, and will continue until 29 October 2010. The meeting's agenda includes a series of strategic, substantive, administrative and budgetary issues.

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First Newsletter of ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Released [viewed]

1 October 2010: The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) has published its first quarterly newsletter.

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ADB Finances Two Solar Power Plants in Thailand [viewed]

12 October 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is lending up to US$140 million to The Bangchak Petroleum Company Public Company Limited (BCP) to build two solar power plants, for a total of 38MW in central Thailand.

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Event: First Regional Forum on the ECOWAS Solar Energy Initiative [viewed]

Organized by the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) together with the Senegalese Government, the Regional Forum on the ECOWAS Solar Energy Initiative (ESEI) will hold its first regional workshop to discuss the development of a regional strategy for large-scale solar energy deployment across West Africa. The strategy will be executed under the guidance of ECREEE in cooperation with the ECOWAS member States. The workshop will bring together representatives from West African Ministries of Energy and Environment, as well as international experts.  

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