Poverty Eradication

AfDB Facilitates Nearly US$65 Million in Investment into Africa Renewable Energy Fund [viewed]

AfDB13 November 2013: The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Board of Directors has approved a US$25 million equity investment in the Bank's Africa Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), which has been supplemented by further partner investments of US$39.5 million. The fund aims to demonstrate and catalyze the viability of Africa's renewable energy potential to investors.

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IEA World Energy Outlook Highlights Energy Sector Trends, Predicts 3.6°C Temperature Increase [viewed]

IEA12 November 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its flagship annual publication, the 'World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2013,' which opens with the following sentence: “Many of the long-held tenets of the energy sector are being rewritten.”

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UN, World Bank, EU Pledge Support to Sahel [viewed]

un-worldbank8 November 2013: Development leaders traveled to the Sahel region in Africa to discuss governance, resilience, peace and security with the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger. During the trip, from 4-8 November 2013, the World Bank and EU announced over US$8 billion in investments to boost economic growth and tackle poverty in the region.

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNGA Image5 November 2013: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) debated issues under its agenda item on sustainable development, including climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR), biological diversity, desertification, small island developing States (SIDS), and the role of a post-2015 development agenda.

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African Subregional Reports Highlight SDG Priorities [viewed]

UNECA23 October 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has issued reports from each of Africa's sub-regions on priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including themes and proposed goals, targets and indicators. The reports serve as input to the Africa Regional Consultative Meeting on the SDGs taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 31 October-5 November 2013.

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Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa Identifies Development Opportunities [viewed]

ccda-iii24 October 2013: With approximately 500 participants from government, academia and civil society, the Third Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa focused on identifying approaches to strengthen Africa's ability to better prepare for transformational development in the face of climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Launches SE4ALL Energy Efficiency Hub [viewed]

United Nations23 October 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) opened a new global center for Energy Efficiency  as part of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The Energy Efficiency Hub (EE Hub), in Copenhagen, Denmark, will seek to help “drastically increase” energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment.

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ADB Study Estimates Cost of Climate Change in East Asia [viewed]

ADB17 October 2013: Protecting East Asia's most vulnerable sectors from climate change would cost US$36.6 billion annually, less than 0.3% of the region's GDP, according to the 'Economics of Climate Change in East Asia,' a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre Newsletter Highlights New Renewable- and Poverty-Reducing Energy Projects [viewed]

fs-unep-centre10 October 2013: The fourth newsletter of the Frankfurt School-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance highlights activities related to a new E-Learning Programme in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance, a microfinance institution project in Nepal and Ethiopia, and the UN CC:Learn pilot project in the Dominican Republic, among other items.

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Financing for Development [viewed]

UNGA16 October 2013: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) took up its agenda item on financing for development and macroeconomic policy. In a meeting on 16 October 2013, in New York, US, Member States discussed global trade, sovereign debt, official development assistance (ODA), poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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