Energy

FAO Releases Report on Bioenergy and Food Security in Thailand [viewed]

October 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report titled "Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Thailand: Key results and policy recommendations for future bioenergy development."

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IDB Launches MicroCarbon Development Fund [viewed]

21 October 2010: Through its Multilateral Investment Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the MicroCarbon Development² Fund, which will invest in energy efficiency programmes to benefit lower income households, microenterprises, small companies and forest communities, while combating climate change.

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UNECE Timber Committee Discusses Wood Energy and Carbon Markets [viewed]

19 October 2010: The Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) met on 11-12 October 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, to review the latest international developments affecting the forest sector.

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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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