Energy

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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IEA Report Assesses Vulnerability of Heavy Industry to Carbon Leakage [viewed]

Issues behind Competitiveness<br /> and Carbon Leakage Focus on Heavy Industry 27 October 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report that explores the vulnerability of heavy industry to carbon leakage – namely the movement of production away from jurisdictions where carbon constraints exist to jurisdictions where they do not – and competitiveness loss.

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World Bank President: New Climate Regime Depends on Recognizing Development Interests While Shifting to a Low Carbon Path [viewed]

A World in Crisis Means a Chance for Greatness - Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group 26 October 2008: In an article published in the Washington Post newspaper, World Bank President Robert Zoellick outlines what it will take for the aspiring candidates to the US presidency to be “a 21st-century Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

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UNEP and ICC Host Climate and Resource Efficiency Forum [viewed]

ICC and UNEP Host Climate and Resource Efficiency Forum 24 October 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) hosted the Global Business & Industry Dialogue on 23-24 October 2008, in Paris, France. This forum on climate change and resource efficiency brought together over 100 leaders from business, government and non-governmental organizations from developed and developing countries.

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World Food Day: Leaders Urge Tackling the Roots of Interrelated Challenges of Food and Energy Security, and Climate Change [viewed]

Former US President Bill Clinton and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2nd right) 24 October 2008: During the World Food Day observance at UN Headquarters in New York, US, celebrated on 23 October, the heads of the UN, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Clinton Global Initiative called for tackling the roots of the interrelated challenges of food security, high energy prices and climate change.

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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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