Industrial Development

Adaptation Fund Board Supports Capacity Building for National and Regional Implementing Entities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund8 July 2013: At its 21st meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) requested the Secretariat to develop a readiness programme to assist national and regional implementing entities, in an effort to strengthen the quality of design and implementation of projects.

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IEA Offers Guidance on Renewable Energy Investment and Deployment [viewed]

IEA RETDJuly 2013: The International Energy Agency's Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD) Implementing Agreement has released four reports that make the business case for renewable energy technologies (RETs), and offer decision and policy makers guidance to manage and support RET deployment.

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Global Network of River Basins Workshop Discusses Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNECE3 July 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) hosted the fourth workshop on water and climate change in transboundary river basins, which also served as the first meeting of the global network of river basins on climate change adaptation.

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IFAD 2012 Annual Report Stresses Growth, Transparency and Response to Food Security Challenges [viewed]

IFADJuly 2013: In its 2012 Annual Report, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) documents the growth of the Fund from $7.9 to $11.9 billion since 2009, and highlights the new Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) as one of a number of new directions and initiatives.

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GEO-5 Report Highlights Impacts of a Changing Environment on Business [viewed]

geo521 June 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with SustainAbility and the Green Light Group, has released a report titled 'GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector.' Based on UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), the report offers an analysis of specific risks faced by the construction, chemicals, mining, food and other industries, and suggests ways in which businesses can adjust to create long-term competitive advantages.

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Renewables the Fastest-growing Power Generation Sector, IEA Reports [viewed]

IEA26 June 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its second annual 'Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2013' (MTRMR), which finds that growth of renewables in the electricity sector is on track to meet the IEA's low-carbon energy scenarios through 2018. The report cautions, however, that policy uncertainty is the main risk facing continued growth in the sector.

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UNFCCC TEC 6 Discusses Research, Development and Demonstration of ESTs [viewed]

UNFCCC28 June 2013: The sixth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC 6) of the UNFCCC was broadcast live via the Internet over the UNFCCC Technology Information Clearinghouse (TT:CLEAR) website, allowing for interaction with off-site stakeholders who participated via social media during a thematic dialogue on research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of environmentally sound technologies ESTs).

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Guest Article #99: Lighting-Up a Low Carbon Future [viewed]

The lights are going on all over Africa, home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Overall, that is great news. Children can study at night without breathing harmful or environmentally damaging kerosene fumes; the sense of security in poor communities, where people live in fear when night falls, is hugely increased; productivity for businesses improves as they can stay open later; and commonplace fires, caused by fallen candles or spilt fuels, become rare.

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Event: Global Green Growth Forum in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

At the invitation of Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) President Luis Alberto Moreno, leaders from government, business, finance, civil society and international organizations will convene at the first regional dialogue in Latin America of the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF LAC). The event, on the topic "Rethinking our energy future: Climate change and renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean," seeks to highlight the substantial renewable energy endowment available in the region and identify collaboration opportunities and concrete actions to transform Latin America's energy market. Participants are expected to include: Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC; Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC; Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA; Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Minister of Energy, Mexico; René Castro, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica; and heads of large electricity utilities, regulatory agencies, renewable energy institutions, and the private sector.  

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UNEP, REN21 Launch Reference Reports on Renewable Energy Investments [viewed]

unep-ren2112 June 2013: The sister publications, 'Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013,' the sixth edition of the Frankfurt School-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Centre/Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report, and the 'REN21 Renewables 2013 Global Status Report,' a reference report on renewable energy market, industry and policy developments, were launched via media teleconference.

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