Energy

UN Secretary-General Releases MDG Report [viewed]

15 March 2010: The UN Secretary-General has released a report titled “Keeping the promise: a forward-looking review to promote an agreed action agenda to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015” (A/64/665). The report presents information on progress made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and calls for a new pact to accelerate the progress in achieving the goals.

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WHO European Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health Convenes [viewed]

12 March 2010: The Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, which was held in Parma, Italy, from 10-12 March 2010, was a carbon-neutral event organized around the theme “Protecting children's health in a changing environment.” The Conference concluded with the adoption by 53 European Governments of the Parma Declaration on Health and Environment.

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UNISDR Launches Resilient Cities Campaign [viewed]

11 March 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has launched the 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient,” which focuses on raising political commitment to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation among local governments and mayors.

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IEA and WBCSD Cooperate on Low-Carbon Transitioning [viewed]

10 March 2010: Over 30 technology executives met under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on 10 March 2010, and adopted a statement on concrete action for the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Conference Highlights Role of Civil Nuclear Energy in Mitigation [viewed]

9 March 2010: The International Conference on Access to Civil Nuclear Energy convened in Paris, France, from 8-9 March 2010, to discuss the promotion of nuclear energy technology for peaceful purposes.

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EU Adopts Report with Non-Binding Sustainability Criteria for Biomass [viewed]

25 February 2010: The European Commission has adopted a report on sustainability criteria for solid and gaseous biomass used in electricity, heating and cooling, which offers non-binding recommendations for sustainability criteria and monitoring methodologies for EU member States that wish to voluntarily adopt national biomass schemes.

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Chile and European Investment Bank Sign Agreement for Climate Financing [viewed]

9 March 2010: European Investment Bank (EIB) Vice-President Carlos da Silva Costa and Chile's Ambassador to the EU, Carlos Appelgren, have signed a framework agreement that aims to foster sustainable growth through the financing of investment projects of mutual interest that, inter alia, support climate change mitigation policies.

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AfDB Launches Clean Energy Bond for Japanese Investors [viewed]

8 March 2010: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has issued a Clean Energy bond, denominated in New Zealand dollars, which will be offered to Japanese retail investors during the month of March.

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US and Brazil Conclude MoU for Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

3 March 2010: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation Regarding Climate Change on 3 March 2010.

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IFPRI Launches Project to Identify Approaches to Improve Agriculture in Developing Countries [viewed]

1 March 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) new project, Global Futures for Agriculture, will evaluate promising technologies, investments and policy reforms to improve agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability in developing countries.

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