Energy

World Bank Moves Ahead with Energy for the Poor Initiative, Schedules Meeting in Paris [viewed]

Jamal Saghir, Director, Energy, Transport and Water, in the Sustainable Vice Presidency (SDNVP) of the World Bank 13 November 2008: The World Bank is moving ahead with the

Energy for the Poor initiative, a programme that seeks to provide rapid support

for countries' efforts to strengthen social safety nets to reduce the poor's

vulnerability to volatile fuel prices.

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UNECE to Hold Meeting on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

Energy Efficiency 21 November 2008: The Steering Committee of the UN Economic

Commission for Europe (UNECE) Energy Efficiency 21 (EE21) project will hold the

12th session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments

for Climate Change Mitigation in Geneva, Switzerland, on 19 December 2008.

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UNECE to Hold Experts Meeting on Cleaner Electricity and CCS [viewed]

UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) November 2008: The Second Session of the UN Economic

Commission for Europe (UNECE) Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity

Production from Coal and Other Fossil Fuels will be held on 17-18 November

2008, in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting is taking place in the framework of

the growing world demand for electricity and the push for more environmentally

sustainable power generation, which are projected to require massive

investments in the coming years.

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UNIDO to Hold World Hydrogen Energy Summit [viewed]

International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (UNIDO-ICHET)

6 November 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization

(UNIDO) and the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies are

jointly organizing the World Hydrogen Energy Summit, to be held in Istanbul,

Turkey, from 15-17 July 2010.

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European Forest Conference Addresses Climate and Energy Challenges [viewed]

Michel Barnier, French Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

8 November 2008: The International Conference “The European

Forest-Based Sector: Bio-Responses to Address New Climate and Energy

Challenges?” took place from 6-8 November 2008, in Nancy, France. The

Conference aimed to provide policy makers with information regarding the role

of the forest-based sector in relation to the physical processes of the carbon

cycle, the competition between wood and other materials, and the energy market.

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ESCAP Creates Regional Forum to Help Develop Gender and Poverty-Sensitive Energy Policies [viewed]

Forum launched at meeting on how to bring gender perspective to national energy policies of developing countries 4 November 2008: At the conclusion of the High Level

Regional Policy Meeting on Networking Towards Gender and Poverty Sensitive

Energy Policies, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-4 November 2008,

the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA), in

cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and

the Pacific (ESCAP), launched the Policy Innovation Forum. The Forum aims to

help provide women and the poor with reliable access to energy.

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Ramsar COP10 Adopts Resolution on Wetlands and Biofuels [viewed]

Children from the 10 countries which have hosted Ramsar COPs presented the message of COP 10. 4 November 2008: The 10th meeting of the Conference of the

Contracting Parties (COP10) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, held from 28

October-4 November 2008 in Changwon, Republic of Korea, adopted a resolution

addressing the potential impacts of biofuel production and use on the

conservation and wise use of wetlands.

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Agreement Reached on Statutes for an International Renewable Energy Agency [viewed]

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 25 October 2008: Over 50 countries met in Madrid, Spain, from 23-24 October 2008 for the final preparatory conference for the establishment of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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First World Summit of Regions Showcases Role of Regions in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

First climate change summit of the world's regional governments 30 October 2008: Over 600 participants representing governments, regions and other local authorities gathered in Saint Malo, France, from 29-30 October 2008, for the “First World Summit of Regions, Climate Change: Regions in Action.”

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UNGA Second Committee Considers Human Settlements and Climate Change [viewed]

UN-HABITAT Chief, in Second Committee, cites ‘Rapid and Chaotic' Urbanization, Shortage of Affordable Housing as Causes of Global Financial Crisis 28 October 2008: The Second Committee on Economic and Financial issues, of the 63rd UN General Assembly (UNGA), considered the report of the Secretary-General on the Implementation of the Outcome of the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) and strengthening of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) (document A/63/291).

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