Energy

IAEA Annual Report: Climate Change to Shape Nuclear Future [viewed]

 IAEA Annual Report: Climate Change to Shape Nuclear Future 4 August 2008: The

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released its 2007 Annual Report,

which notes that the nuclear development is increasingly shaped by issues

linked to concerns over and climate change, food and energy.

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Fifteenth SAARC Summit Declaration Addresses Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

The fifteenth Summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)3 August 2008: The fifteenth Summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), held from 2-3 August 2008, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, concluded with the adoption of the Colombo Declaration and the Colombo Statement on Food Security. In the Declaration, entitled “Partnership for Growth for Our People,” the Heads of State and Government reiterate the need for increased regional cooperation in tackling climate change, in particular for capacity building, the development of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, and awareness raising.

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ESCAP Joins “Cool UN” Programme [viewed]

ESCAP Joins 'Cool UN' Programme 1 August 2008: UN Secretary-General wore a casual outfit to kick off the “Cool UN” scheme, which seeks to curb the organization's greenhouse gas emissions, limit the use of air conditioning and save money for the UN. The UN Economic Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) premises in Bangkok, Thailand, which houses over a dozen of the Organization's entities, also joined the “Cool UN” scheme.

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UN to Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Month of August [viewed]

Taking aim at climate change in the landmark United Nations building in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched a new campaign, “Cool UN,”. Photo credit, United Nations

1 August 2008: The United Nations plans to decrease its

carbon footprint for the month of August by increasing the temperature in its

New York Headquarters and eliminating air conditioning on the weekends. The

initiative will result in an emissions decrease of the equivalent of 300 pounds

of carbon dioxide and, if the trial period is successful and the initiative is

extended, could save the UN roughly US$1 million annually.

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General Assembly President Discusses Climate Change on Latin American Tour [viewed]

Statement by H.E. Dr. Srgjan Kerim, President of the United Nations General Assembly

31 July 2008: On his three-country tour of Latin America,

Srgjan Kerim, President of the UN General Assembly, has discussed climate

change with Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, and addressed its importance

at a conference on the role of the UN in a globalized world.

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UNIDO and Partners Plan Regional Meeting on Energy Management Standards [viewed]

Energy Management Standards - Towards an International Energy Management System Standard. Photo credit, UNIDO

31 July 2008: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is

organizing a regional meeting for the Latin American region, on the theme “Towards

an International Energy Management System Standard.” The event will be held

from 27-29 August, 2008, in São Paulo, Brazil.

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UNEP Executive Director Highlights the Postal Sector's Potential to Reduce its Environmental Footprint [viewed]

Statement by Achim Steiner to the Universal Postal Union's 24th Universal Post Congress. Photo credit, UNEP 25 July 2008: In a speech delivered at the 24th Universal Postal Union (UPU) Congress, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23 July to 12 August 2008, UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, highlighted the postal sector's role in the transition towards a green economy.

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FAO Calls for Investment into Research on Cassava to Boost Yields for Food and Biofuel Production [viewed]

Global Cassava Partnership for Genetic Improvement (GCP21)

25 July 2008: At the first global scientific conference of the Global Cassava Partnership, held from 21-24 July, 2008 in Ghent, Belgium, scientists and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for a significant increase in investment in research and development needed to boost farmers' yields and explore promising industrial uses of cassava, including biofuels production.

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Fifth Summit of the Americas' Draft Declaration Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

Fifth Summit of the Americas' 24 July 2008: The Draft Declaration of Commitment for the Fifth Summit of the Americas was presented during a meeting of National Coordinators of the Summit Implementation Review Group held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, US.

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Upcoming Session of UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management to Address Energy Efficiency [viewed]

69th UNECE Session of the Committee on Housing and Land Management 16 July 2008: The 69th UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management is scheduled to take place from 22-23 September in Geneva, Switzerland.

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