Industrial Development

IEA Paper Proposes Work Plan for Improving Efficiency of Electric Motor-Driven Systems [viewed]

March 2011: Based on the realization that Electric Motor-driven Systems (EMDS) account for over 40% of global energy consumption, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a new information paper titled “Walking the Torque: Proposed Work Plan for Energy-Efficiency Policy Opportunities for Electric Motor-Driven Systems.”

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Event: E-environment Day at World Summit on Information Society Forum 2011 [viewed]

This Day is co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Basel Convention Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Day will focus on the role of information and communications technologies (ICT) for the environment, one of the action lines defined in the WSIS Geneva Plan of Action. The event will include workshops, interactive discussions, publication releases and networking sessions on issues such as energy efficiency, climate monitoring and adaptation, e-waste and the green economy transition. The event will be open to all stakeholders, including governments, private sector, civil society, academia, as well as international and regional institutions. Participation in this event is possible either on-site or remotely, presenting recent publications or displaying the most recent activities from relevant organization at the e-environment exhibition stand.  

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on NEPAD Implementation [viewed]

April 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution (A/65/L.69) at its 65th session under agenda item 62 (a) on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), regarding progress in implementation and international support. 

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Discussion Paper from OECD International Transport Forum Examines Green Growth [viewed]

March 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum has released a Discussion Paper by Stephen Perkins, titled “Green Growth and Transport.” 

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ITU Launches Green ICT Application Challenge [viewed]

12 April 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched a Green Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Application Challenge, which aims at identifying the best and most innovative concept for an application that would help combat climate change. The challenge is open until 17 June 2011.

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UNEP/GEF en.lighten Initiative Releases First Newsletter [viewed]

1 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten initiative has released the first issue of its newsletter, which contains information on taskforces, country lighting assessments, and action at the country level.

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ITU Report Considers Relationship between Climate Change, ICTS and Regulation [viewed]

31 March 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released its 2011 “Trends in Telecommunications Reform” on the theme “Enabling Tomorrow's Digital World.” The report highlights that effective regulation of ICTs is crucial for overall economic growth and inter alia examines the relationship between climate change, ICTs and regulation.

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Event: ITU Sixth Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

This symposium is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The symposium will focus on the agenda on using information and communication technologies (ICTs) to monitor climate change, and mitigate and adapt to its effects. The symposium will focus on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa, and the needs of developing countries. Topics to be discussed include: mitigation and adaptation to climate change; e-waste; disaster planning; cost-effective ICT technologies; methodologies for the environmental impact assessment of ICTs; and challenges and opportunities in the transition to a green and resource efficient economy. The Symposium will be preceded by a Training Seminar on Conformity and Interoperability for Africa, to be held from 4-6 July 2011, at the same venue.  

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UNECA and AU Publish 2011 Economic Report on Africa [viewed]

29 March 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU) have published the 2011 Economic Report on Africa, titled “Governing Development in Africa: The Role of the State in Economic Transformation.”

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Event: ITU Green Standards Week [viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be holding its first Green Standards Week to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. The event will also provide Ministers and senior representatives from the ICT industry the opportunity to exchange views on how ICTs can help in the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the run-up to the 17th Conference of the Parties at the end of the year. The Week will include: a Workshop on Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT; a Workshop on Moving to a Green Economy through ICT Standards; and a Workshop on Submarine Cables for Ocean/Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning: Science, Engineering, Business and Law.  

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