Industrial Development

IEA Releases Results of Initial Phase of Smart Grid Technology Roadmap [viewed]

8 November 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a document containing the initial findings of its upcoming Smart Grids Technology Roadmap.

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Event: ADBI-OECD Roundtable on Innovation for Balanced and Sustainable Growth [viewed]

This roundtable, organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will explore ways in which “developing Asian countries rebalance their economies towards domestic and regional demand.” Participants will consider emerging questions surrounding innovation, such as: innovation for balanced and sustainable growth; making innovation work for development; realizing local benefits of global value chains; and international cooperation for innovation, including technology transfer.  

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ITU Symposium Adopts Cairo Road Map on ICTs and Environmental Sustainability [viewed]

4 November 2010: The fifth International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), which took place from 2-3 November 2010, in Cairo, Egypt, focused on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa, and the needs of developing countries.

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UN Secretary-General Visits 2010 World Expo [viewed]

31 October 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China, on 31 October 2010, where he underlined that the Expo has provided "invaluable" ideas to tackle some of the biggest current challenges, including rapid urbanization, climate change and sustainable development.

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Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference Adopts Declaration [viewed]

29 October 2010: The Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC 2010) took place from 27-29 October 2010, in New Delhi, India, bringing together over 13,000 participants representing governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to discuss renewables and energy security, climate change and economic development.

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UNU and TIRI Sign Cooperation Agreement [viewed]

28 October 2010: The UN University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute (TIRI) signed a memorandum to boost cooperation on research, testing and analysis related to industrial technologies research to support local enterprises to achieve sustainable development, promote recycling and reduce emissions.

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IEA OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin Discusses Smart Grids, Low-Energy Networks [viewed]

5 October 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and its Committee on Energy Research and Technology published the latest issue of the OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, which addresses smart-grids, the IEA Technology Data Exchange, low-energy networks, and new IEA research and development projects.

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ITU Plenipotentiary Concludes with Agreement on Key Issues [viewed]

22 October 2010: The 18th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, which was held from 4-22 October 2010, in Guadalajara, Mexico, concluded with agreement on ITU's essential role in several key areas, including bridging the digital divide, accelerating broadband roll-out, and managing climate change and disaster response.

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Event: CSD Intersessional Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production [viewed]

This meeting will provide a non-negotiating space for Member States, Major Groups and UN Agencies to discuss potential programs to be included in the 10-Year Framework of Programs on SCP (10YFP) to support regional and national initiatives, the structure the 10YFP could take, and the possible visions and objectives it could serve.  

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IDB Launches MicroCarbon Development Fund [viewed]

21 October 2010: Through its Multilateral Investment Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the MicroCarbon Development² Fund, which will invest in energy efficiency programmes to benefit lower income households, microenterprises, small companies and forest communities, while combating climate change.

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