Energy

UN Secretary-General: Turning Away from the Climate Challenge Would Be a “Double Blow” [viewed]

23 October 2008: On accepting the UN Association-New York Humanitarians of the Year Award, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the Association for paying tribute to all the scientists, advocates and others “who have done so much at the UN to advance the climate change agenda over the years.” He underlined that turning away from the climate challenge while addressing the financial crisis would be “a double blow,” stressing the “enormous benefits” that can be drawn from making the transition to a low-carbon economy and addressing “one of the defining issues of our times.”

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IEA Holds International Workshop on Energy Efficiency Strategies [viewed]

Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans 21 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA), the European Commission and the European Energy Network hosted an international workshop in Paris, France, on 21 October 2008, on “Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans.” The workshop aimed to encourage the development of high-quality energy efficiency strategies and plans that lead to significant improvements in energy efficiency.

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UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative [viewed]

UNEP Launches Green Economy Initiative to Get the Global Markets Back to Work 22 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a Green Economy Initiative, which seeks to respond to the global economic downturn by focusing economic growth and job creation in environmental industries.

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IEA Publishes Book on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage [viewed]

CO2 Capture and Storage 20 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a new study on carbon dioxide (CO2) Capture and Storage (CCS). The study, which was released on 20 October 2008, considers aspects such as CO2 transport and storage, CCS demonstration, financial and regulatory incentives, development of legal and regulatory frameworks, public awareness and acceptance, international co-operation, and CCS Roadmaps, as well as the role of CCS in ambitious new energy scenarios that aim for substantial emissions

reduction.

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ESCAP Executive Secretary: Political Will Needed for Asia-Pacific to Switch to a “Virtuous Cycle of Sustainable Energy” [viewed]

UN Under-Secretary-General Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 17 October 2008: Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), gave a presentation at a discussion entitled “Securing Asia's Energy Future” held by the Asia Society, in New York, US, on 16 October.

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Countries Selected for World Bank's Climate Investment Funds' Governing Bodies [viewed]

17 October 2008: Two sets of seven donor countries and seven potential recipient countries have been selected to serve on the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Trust Fund Committee and the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committee, respectively, to oversee the decisions concerning investments and implementation of the recently created World Bank Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

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ITTO Organizes Regional Forum on Wood-Based Bioenergy [viewed]

Asia Pacific Regional Forum on Promoting Wood-Based Bioenergy Using Wood Residues and Waste 17 October 2008: The Asia Pacific Regional Forum on Promoting Wood-Based Bioenergy Using Wood Residues and Waste, which was held from 14-17 October 2008, in Jakarta, Indonesia, was organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

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World Food Day: UN Officials Address Linkages between Hunger, Surging Food and Fuel Prices and Climate Change [viewed]

World Food Day, 16 October 2008 16 October 2008: On World Food Day (WFD), the heads of UN agencies called attention to the ongoing crisis of hunger and its interrelations with climate change and rising fuel prices.

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FAO Leads Celebrations on World Food Day [viewed]

FAO Director-General confers World Food Day Medal on H.E. Suzanne Mubarak 16 October 2008: World Food Day 2008 (WFD), which was celebrated on 16 October, was marked by events around the world addressing the theme “World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy.” The main ceremony was held at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, including a statement by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf (see related story), a message from Pope Benedict XVI, and a keynote speech by Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.

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On World Food Day, CBD's Executive Secretary Addresses the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy [viewed]

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), 15 October 2008: In his message on the occasion of World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October 2008, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), stressed that “biodiversity, the foundation of all crops and domesticated livestock and the variety within them, is the basis for providing stability to agriculture.”

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