Industrial Development

UN Secretary-General Discusses Nuclear Safety [viewed]

21 April 2011:  On the occasion of the “25 Years after the Chernobyl Catastrophe: Safety for the Future” Conference, in Kiev, Ukraine, on 2o April 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke on the role of the international community in ensuring that nuclear power is safe and sustainable.

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World Bank Study Highlights Growth Potential for China's Electric Vehicles Industry [viewed]

20 April 2011: A new World Bank study, titled "The China New Energy Vehicles Program: Challenges and Opportunities," estimates that the growth of electric vehicles over the next 10 years is expected to be significant, with industry forecasts suggesting that global plug-in vehicle sales will contribute between 2-25% of new vehicle sales by 2025.

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IEA Report Proposes Steps for Sustainable Global Biofuels Expansion [viewed]

20 April 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report entitled “Technology Roadmap: Biofuels for Transport,” which describes the necessary steps to realize ambitious global biofuels targets.

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ITU, ISO Collaborate on Intelligent Transport Systems [viewed]

18 April 2011: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has entered into a partnership with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the field of intelligent transport systems (ITS). The new Joint Task Force for ITS Communications is aimed at helping overcome some of the barriers to the large-scale deployment of ITS services and applications.

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IEA Releases Technology Roadmap for Smart Grids [viewed]

4 April 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the report "Technology Roadmap- Smart Grids," which underscores that the widespread deployment of smart grids is critical for a secure, cost-effective and clean energy future.

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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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