Industrial Development

Event: Third Meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change [viewed]

The Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC) was launched by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to: help moderate the environmental impact of the Internet; seek new ways to use the power of the Internet to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide; and enable transformation in line with the objectives of the UNFCCC. Its third meeting will be held in conjunction with the fifth meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in September 2010.  

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

The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) fifth Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Environment and Climate Change will be hosted and co-organized by Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs. It will focus on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in Africa, as well as the needs of developing countries. Topics to be discussed include adaptation to climate change, e-waste, cost-effective ICT technologies, methodology of environmental impact assessment of ICT and financing of climate change solutions. The main purpose is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using ICTs to monitor climate change, and to mitigate and address its effects. The symposium will issue the “Cairo Road Map,” a set of recommendations for action in relation to ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change.  

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UNCTAD World Investment Forum Opens in China [viewed]

7 September 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (by videoconference), Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and former US President Bill Clinton addressed the World Investment Forum in Xiamen, China, highlighting the current challenge of integrating investment policies to encourage the transformation towards a low-carbon economy.

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OECD Publishes Review of Republic of Korea's Green Growth Strategy [viewed]

July 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper titled “Korea's Green Growth Strategy: Mitigating Climate Change and Developing New Growth Engines,” which assesses the Republic of Korea's strategies to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% by 2020.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Climate Change and Business Conference [viewed]

10 August 2010: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, addressed, via video link, the sixth Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference, which convened in Sydney, Australia, from 10-12 August 2010.

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UNIDO Organizes Workshop on Development of CCS Roadmap [viewed]

August 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a workshop in the framework of the development of a Global Technology Roadmap for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Industry.

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UNIDO's "Making It" Magazine Focuses on Policy Issues [viewed]

August 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the latest issue of its magazine "Making It: Industry for Development" on the theme “The Policy Choice.” With this theme, the magazine aims to highlight the notion that the real question about industrial policy is how it should be practiced, not whether it should be practiced.

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TEEB Report Highlights Role of Biodiversity for Business [viewed]

13 July 2010: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) research consortium has released its third report, titled “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity - Report for Business,” at the first Global Business of Biodiversity Symposium in London, England.

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Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre Opens in West Africa [viewed]

6 July 2010: A new regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) opened in Praia, Cape Verde, on 6 July. The Centre is supported by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Governments of Austria, Cape Verde and Spain, as well as through a special partnership between Brazil and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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UNIDO Urges Kazakhstan to Invest in Renewable Energy [viewed]

2 July 2010: During an official visit to Kazakhstan, Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), urged Kazakhstan to increase energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources in order to de-carbonize the power sector, help promote energy security and address climate change issues.

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