Poverty Eradication

ICRISAT Highlights Challenges in the Tropical Drylands of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

6 April 2011: Speaking at the Crawford Fund State Parliamentary Conference held in Parliament House, Brisbane, Australia, on 6 April 2011, William Dar, Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), addressed the need to tackle the challenges facing the tropical drylands of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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UN-Energy and Partners Organize Roundtable on Climate Finance and Energy Access [viewed]

7 April 2011: A Roundtable on Climate Finance and Energy Access was held on 7 April 2011, during the 2011 Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, which was held from 4-7 April 2011, in New York, US. The Roundtable, hosted by Bloomberg New Finance in association with the UN Foundation and UN-Energy, championed the UN's efforts to raise awareness about the importance of extending modern energy services to the billions who still lack them.

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UNDP, GEF Support Solar Energy in Nigeria [viewed]

UNDP22 March 2011: The Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC), in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme (GEF SGP), the Global Greengrants Fund (GGF) and the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), is implementing a project titled "Access to Electricity in Odighi Community in Edo State using Photo Voltaic" in Nigeria.

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UNDP Project Builds Capacity of Climate Policy Advisors in LDCs [viewed]

UNDPMarch 2011: The Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has recently approved a strategic initiative to address the weak institutional capacities within Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to tackle climate change, known as "Boots on the Ground."

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UNDP Implements GEF Hydropower Project in Lao People's Democratic Republic [viewed]

7 April 2011: Funding from the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has allowed villagers in Lao People's Democratic Republic to access clean electricity from a 7.5kW hydro-power turbine.

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First IRENA Assembly Designates Permanent Seat, Elects Council Members [viewed]

6 April 2011: The fifth session of the Preparatory Commission for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the first session of the Assembly of IRENA were held from 3-5 April 2011, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Assembly was the inaugural meeting IRENA's governing body, and was attended by 950 participants, including one Head of State, over 50 ministers, 30 ministerial-level officials, 670 country delegates, 130 observers and officials, and 70 accredited media.

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African Experts Discuss Challenges for Sustainable Hydropower Development [viewed]

2 April 2011: The Conference on Hydropower for Sustainable Development in Africa took place 31 March - 1 April 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Conference focused on the following themes: Africa renewable energy potential, including hydropower development in Ethiopia; regional cooperation for water and energy, including transboundary issues; sustainability and good practices; and finance and investments.

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World Bank Launches e-Atlas of Global Development [viewed]

4 April 2011: The World Bank has launched an e-Atlas, which provides an interactive tool that maps and graphs more than 175 indicators from the World Bank's development database, including CO2 emissions, energy use, freshwater use, forest areas, marine protected areas and resource depletion.

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CGIAR Researchers Identify Hotspots of Climate Change and Food Insecurity [viewed]

March 2011: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) held a seminar on mapping hotspots of climate change and food insecurity across the global tropics, on 15 March 2011 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Adaptation Conference Concludes in Dhaka [viewed]

31 March 2011: The Fifth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA), organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 28-31 March 2010, around the theme “Scaling Up: Beyond Pilots.”

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