Energy

GEF Approves Emergency Solar Power Project for Haiti [viewed]

20 January 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved an emergency project to help restore power, which was lost from the Port au Prince earthquake, to key medical facilities and refugee camps. The US$3 million grant, co-financed with matching grants from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank Group, will use solar energy to produce clean electricity for medical centers, vaccine refrigeration and other critical relief efforts.

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Business UN Website Launched [viewed]

14 January 2010: The UN launched “Business.UN.org,” a new website designed to match the needs of UN organizations with the resources and capacities of the private sector.

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OECD Secretary-General Stresses Need for Further Climate Action [viewed]

December 2009: Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has stated that emissions reduction targets outlined in Copenhagen are insufficient.

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World Bank Seeks Input on Environmentally Sustainable Energy Development Path [viewed]

19 January 2010: The World Bank launched online consultations to receive input from civil society on its new energy sector strategy and how the World Bank Group can best help developing countries improve access to and the reliability of energy, while helping them shift to a more environmentally sustainable energy development path.

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UNFCCC Publishes Annual Submission Reports of Poland and Belgium [viewed]

19 January 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the in-country review (FCCC/ARR/2009/POL) of the 2009 annual submissions of Poland and the centralized review (FCCC/ARR/2009/BEL) of the 2009 annual submission of Belgium.

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EIB Funds Research and Development of Green Trucks and Buses [viewed]

8 January 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and MAN Group Munich have entered into a EUR 300m loan contract for the development and launch of reduced-emission and fuel-efficient powertrains for trucks and buses.

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UNECE Supports Work on Vehicle Regulation Harmonization [viewed]

18 January 2010: The “Weekly” newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), for the period 18-22 January 2010, reports on the 59th session of the Working Party on Pollution and Energy of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, which met from 12-15 January 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNEP FI and Others Call for Strong Climate Change Policies [viewed]

summit_logo14 January 2010:  The Investor Summit on Climate Risk, under the theme "Developing a Low-Carbon Economy: Leveraging Private Investment," took place on 14 January 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and brought together 450 global investors.

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UNECE Facilitates Cooperation on Water-related Energy Issues in Central Asia [viewed]

11jan_10_024 January 2010: The "Weekly" newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for the period 4-8 January 2010 highlights UNECE's recent activities on water-related energy issues in Central Asia.

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WHO Releases Study on Climate Change Science, Policy and People [viewed]

11jan_10_03January 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report providing an update of the scientific evidence on health risks caused by climate change titled "Protecting Health from Climate Change: Connecting Science, Policy and People."

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