Industrial Development

ITU Symposium Stresses Bridging the Digital Divide to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

© ITU27 July 2009: The third International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on information and communications technologies (ICTs) and climate change concluded in agreement that achieving climate justice is in the interest of all countries and citizens, and that bridging the digital divide and bringing the benefits of ICTs to all is fundamental to tackling climate change. The third ITU Symposium convened from 8-10 July 2009, in Quito, Ecuador.

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UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Releases Set to Enter into Force [viewed]

© UNECE17 July 2009: The Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (or Aarhus Convention), is set to enter into force on 8 October 2009, following France's ratification, which was deposited with the UN Secretary-General on 10 July 2009.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Role of Private Sector in Combating Climate Change at Global Compact's Board Meeting [viewed]

© UN24 July 2009: In a message delivered to UN Global Compact Board members meeting in New York, US, by his Deputy Chef de Cabinet, Kim Won-soo, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the Compact makes “a critical contribution to advancing the UN agenda,” in particular in tackling climate change.

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World Bank Carbon Finance Unit Responds to Civil Society [viewed]

© World Bank14 July 2009: Joëlle Chassard, Manager of the World Bank's Carbon Finance Unit, engaged in an online chat with people from all over the world, responding to queries related to the Bank's work on carbon finance on issues ranging from deforestation to financing clean energy for the poor.

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WIPO Conference Discusses Role of Innovation in Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

© WIPO13 July 2009: During the Conference on Intellectual Property and Public Policy Issues held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-14 July 2009, and organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), participants discussed the role of intellectual property (IP) in promoting the development and diffusion of green technologies to combat climate change.

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UNEP Hosts Chinese CEOs to Exchange Views on Green Economy [viewed]

© UNEP2 July 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted a workshop for 16 Chinese Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) to discuss UNEP's Green Economy initiatives and its work on combating climate change, international campaigns, and activities on green construction, reforestation and green technology.

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World Bank Online Chat on Carbon Finance [viewed]

© World Bank July 2009: Joëlle Chassard, manager of the World Bank's Carbon Finance Unit, will respond to comments online on 14 July 2009, 10:00 AM EDT, on the findings published in the State and Trends of the Carbon Market Report 2009.

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UNIDO Energy Conference Urges Shift to Low-Carbon Green Industries [viewed]

© UNIDO26 June 2009: The International Energy Conference 2009, held in Vienna, Austria, from 22-24 June 2009, concluded with a call for a shift to low-carbon green industries, as well as increased energy investment.

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OECD Ministers Adopt Declaration on Green Growth [viewed]

© OECD25 June 2009: Member countries participating in the annual Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which took place in Paris, France, from 24-25 June 2009, adopted a Declaration on Green Growth. The Declaration provides that the crisis should not delay “crucial decisions for the future of our planet,” noting in particular the challenge of climate change.

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OECD to Support Exports of Renewable Energy and Nuclear Power Equipment [viewed]

© OECD24 June 2009: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries have agreed to boost official backing for exports of renewable energy and nuclear power equipment by offering more generous terms on government-backed credits in support of export deals.

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