ECLAC's Geothermal Energy Week Opens in Santiago [viewed]

Experts and Authorities to Analyze Opportunities for Developing Renewable Energy During Geothermal Energy Week 1 December 2008: The “Geothermal Energy Week,” which opened on 1 December 2008, is hosted by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Governments of Chile and Peru. The week will conclude on 5 December and include two main events: an international conference on the “Situation and perspectives for geothermal energy development in Latin America and the Caribbean,” to take place in Santiago, Chile; and a seminar on the potential for the development of geothermal energy in Peru, to be held in Lima, Peru.

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IEA Releases Report on Second Generation Biofuel Technologies [viewed]

From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies: An overview of current industry and RD&D activities 28 November 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report entitled “From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies: An overview of current industry and RD&D activities,” which outlines the technical challenges facing second generation biofuels, evaluates their costs and examines related current policies to support their development and deployment.

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UNEP Releases Climate Change Survey Results [viewed]

HSBC Climate Partnership 27 November 2008: A new survey, in line with an earlier poll of youth carried out by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as a part of UNite to Combat Climate Change campaign, suggests that the environment remains a concern despite the financial downturn.

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UNESCO: Ready to Facilitate International Dialogue on Biofuels [viewed]

UNESCO is ready to support the worldwide debate on biofuels 26 November 2008: Speaking at the International Conference on Biofuels, which took place in São Paulo, Brazil, from 17-21 November 2008, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Deputy Director-General Marcio Barbosa indicated the Organization's readiness to facilitate dialogue among governments on biofuel technology.

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APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting Adopts Declaration Committing to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 23 November 2008: The sixteenth Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum economic leaders' meeting was organized under the theme “A New Commitment to Asia-Pacific Development,” and convened in Lima, Peru, from 22-23 November 2008. The meeting concluded with the adoption of a declaration in which the economic leaders commit to enhance their cooperation to improve risk reduction and fight climate change.

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Brazil's President Lula Closes International Biofuels Conference, Calls for Investments in New Energy Sources [viewed]

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva 21 November 2008: Speaking at the closing of the International Conference on Biofuels, which convened from 17-21 November 2008, in São Paolo, Brazil, Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva called on industrialized countries to invest in the production of biofuels in impoverished countries that have available land, such as African countries.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Greater Involvement of Women in Decision-Making Processes in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 21 November 2008: UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, in an address to the Sixth African Development Forum, emphasized that, while many African countries have experienced economic growth in recent years, glaring gender disparities remain.

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UN Secretary-General: Poznan Should Signal International Resolve to Reach 2009 Climate Agreement [viewed]

United Nations 20 November 2008: In a video message to the symposium on climate change held at the Korean Academy of Science and Technology in Gyunggi-Do, Korea, from 20-21 November 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the science of climate change is clear and its effects risk getting worse.

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World Bank-Led Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership to Hold Forum on Best Practices in Gas Utilization [viewed]

20 November 2008: The World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring

Reduction partnership (GGFR) will organize a forum to look for ways of

unlocking the value of wasted gas associated with oil production.

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UN Secretary General: WIPO Can Be “a Champion” in Joining Efforts to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary General and WIPO Director General. 18 November 2008: During his first visit to the World

Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

reaffirmed WIPO's unique role within the UN system in promoting intellectual

property, innovations and investment in new technology, which are crucial to

stimulate economic development and to tackle the current financial, climate,

food and oil crisis.

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