Energy

TICAD IV Agrees on a Blueprint for African Development [viewed]

Ticadiv_logo_230 May 2008: Representatives from 51 African countries, including 40 Heads of State and Government, joined Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda from 28-30 May 2008, in Yokohama, Japan, to develop a framework for African growth at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV).

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FAO Report Addresses Forests and Energy [viewed]

4 June 2008: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has

released a report on the use of wood biomass as a source of energy. Following

an overview of projections for global energy supply and demand to 2030, the

report discusses wood energy efficiency and competitiveness, highlighting the

use of by-products of the wood processing industry. It also makes

recommendations on issues to address in planning policies and programmes that

support bioenergy development.

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FAO Study: The Right to Food and the Impact of Liquid Biofuels (Agrofuels) [viewed]

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30 May 2008: This UN Food and Agriculture Organization study

examines the impact of biofuel production on the human rights to adequate food

and to be free from hunger. It was authored by Asbjørn Eide, senior fellow of the

Norwegian Center for Human Rights at the University of Oslo, and seeks to

contribute to the present discussion on soaring food prices, climate change and

biofuels.

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France to Host Conference on Forests, Climate and Energy [viewed]

June

2008: During its presidency of the European Union, France will host an

international conference on the role of forests and their products in a post-2012

climate regime.

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Renewable Energy Projects Receive UNEP Prize [viewed]

4 June 2008: Projects from Peru and Lao People's Democratic

Republic recently received the Sasakawa Prize, a prestigious award from the UN

Environment Programme (UNEP). The Prize,

which aims to incentivize sustainable and replicable grassroots environmental

efforts, focused this year on “moving towards a low carbon economy.”

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UNDP-GEF Release Publication on Wind Energy [viewed]

Wind_energy_reportMay 2008: A new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) highlights lessons learned from international experience on the promotion of wind energy.The report notes that 75% of installed wind energy capacity is found in just five countries. The report underscores the role of promoting policies to reduce costs, improve revenues and reduce risk for promoters, and the importance of market access and feed-in laws for providing long-term stability and predictability.

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UNIDO: Global Renewable Energy Forum Report [viewed]

Global_renewable_energy_forum21 May 2008: The Global Renewable Energy Forum was held at the Bourbon Cataratas Hotel, in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, from 18-21 May 2008.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Action to Address Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Land [viewed]

Ban_214 May 2008: In his opening address at the High-level Segment of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments and other actors to prepare agriculture systems to respond to the negative effects of climate change.

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World Food Security and the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy – Synthesis Document [viewed]

Fao_headquartersThis synthesis document (HLC/08/5), drafted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was prepared for the High-level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy, which will take place in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008. The synthesis document pulls together the response options identified by preparatory expert and stakeholder consultation meetings and consultations, as identified in a number of technical documents. The Synthesis Document.

Photo: Conference venue, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy.

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African Development Bank Annual Meeting Considers Negative Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture and Rising Fuel and Food Prices [viewed]

African_development_bank14 May 2008: The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the 34th Board of Governors meeting of the African Development Fund (ADF) took place on 14-15 May 2008, in Maputo, Mozambique. The Annual Meetings considered the theme “Fostering Shared Growth: Urbanization, Inequality and Poverty.”

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