Industrial Development

SEED Initiative Calls for Low-Carbon and Gender Equality Start-Up Enterprises [viewed]

Seed8 May 2013: The SEED Initiative has launched its 2013 SEED Awards, calling for entries from start-up entrepreneurs that aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, in developing countries, least developed countries (LDCs), or emerging economies.

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Event: Caring for Climate Business Forum: Innovation. Ambition. Collaboration [viewed]

The inaugural Caring for Climate Business Forum – Innovation, Ambition, Collaboration – will meet from 19-20 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland, on the sidelines of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). For the first time, the Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNFCCC Secretariat are organizing this invitation-only event, which will showcase the contributions that business and investors can make towards climate action, while providing a high-level platform for exchange and collaboration with policymakers. More specifically, the Forum aims to: bring greater scale to business innovation on climate change; further encourage business and governments to raise ambition on climate policies; and encourage collaboration among business, the UN, governments and other stakeholders. New activities, resources, commitments and public-private partnerships are expected to be announced during the Forum. In addition to plenary sessions and thematic action workshops, a high-level meeting on 20 November will convene to: discuss a compendium of climate practices, innovations, collaborations and commitments to action across key climate change themes; and put forward recommendations for government actions that would help bring greater scale and quality to corporate climate leadership globally. It is expected the Forum will become an annual event.  

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CIF Increases Support to Solar Energy, Establishes Index of the Business Environment for Energy [viewed]

cif_logo6 May 2013: During their 2013 annual meeting, the Trust Fund Committees and Sub-Committees of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved five revised Investment Plans for the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), and established a global index of the business environment for energy aiming to improve opportunities for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access under the Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP).

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First EST Transfer Workshop Addresses Science, Research Capacity [viewed]

UNGA30 April 2013: At the first consultative workshop on Development, Transfer and Dissemination of Clean and Environmentally Sound Technologies in Developing Countries, panelists and participants addressed science and technology needs and options for poverty eradication and sustainable development, with a focus on the cases of agriculture and energy.

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Event: UNFCCC Workshop on the Review of the CDM Modalities and Procedures [viewed]

The UNFCCC workshop on the review of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) modalities and procedures is scheduled to take place on 8-9 June in Bonn, Germany. The workshop aims to facilitate parties' review of the CDM modalities and procedures at the forthcoming session of the Subsidiary Bodies and was organized upon a request by the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 8) held in Doha, Qatar.  

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Event: Eighth ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change: Smart Sustainable Cities [viewed]

The Eighth International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Symposium on Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), the Environment and Climate Change will convene from 6-7 May 2013 in Turin, Italy. The symposium's theme is “Smart Sustainable Cities” and will bring together experts to discuss the latest initiatives in the development of smart cities, with a view to determining the best path forward in leveraging ICTs to enhance cities' environmental sustainability. Agenda items include: energy efficiency, clean power and the smart grid as engines for sustainable urban growth; integrated ICT solutions for smart sustainable cities and empowered citizens; ICTs and climate monitoring; and climate change adaptation and emergency telecommunications in urban areas. The symposium is organized by ITU in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, will be hosted by Telecom Italia at its innovation center. This symposium will be held in conjunction with the first meeting of the new Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities, on 8 May, and a Workshop on Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, on 9 May.  

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UN Chronicle Examines Water Cooperation [viewed]

United Nations23 April 2013: The first issue of the 2013 UN Chronicle has been released with a focus on the theme of water cooperation. Articles in the magazine address water cooperation in the context of cross-cutting issues such as development goals, women and agriculture, integrated water resources management (IWRM), and private sector involvement.

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IMF/World Bank 2013 Spring Meetings Focus on Extreme Poverty Eradication [viewed]

worldbank_imf20 April 2013: The 87th meeting of the Development Committee, which advises the Board of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), concluded with a call to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner, with special attention to climate change.

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IEA, UK Carbon Capture and Storage Association Release Report on Industrial CCS [viewed]

ccsa-iea24 April 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) have produced a report detailing the relevance, status, costs and policies for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in industrial applications.

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UNDP Report Calls for US$113 Billion Investment to Relieve Asia-Pacific Energy Poverty by 2030 [viewed]

UNDP23 April 2013: The Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report on “Energy and Poverty in the Context of Climate Change” as part of a series of Asia-Pacific Human Development Report technical background papers, and recommends massive investments in energy to secure universal access to electricity and modern fuels.

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