Poverty Eradication

EuropeAid Launches Rural Electrification Financing Initiative [viewed]

European Union2 October 2014: In an effort to accelerate rural electrification in developing countries, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) has launched an ‘Electrification Financing Initiative' (ElectriFI), which aims to generate business opportunities in this area by supporting the private sector.

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Second Committee Begins Debate on Priorities for "Pivotal" Year [viewed]

unga697 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) began its substantive work, on 7 October 2014, with a statement from Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo, a keynote address from Janet Gornick, and the start of the Committee's general debate. The debate continues on 8-9 October.

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Leaders, Communities Voice Support for Zero Hunger Challenge [viewed]

zero-hunger25 September 2014: A high-level event, titled ‘Delivering Zero Hunger – Demonstrating Impact,' was organized by the Permanent Missions of Ireland, Mexico and the Netherlands, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP). Femi Oke, Al Jazeera, served as moderator. The event took place on 25 September 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's 69th session.

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Nigerian NGO Reducing Indoor Air Pollution through Clean Stoves [viewed]

smf25 September 2014: SMEFunds, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Nigeria, has announced that its clean cook stoves programme will reach over one million women and households in Africa by 2015. The announcement was made during the ‘Indoor Air Pollution' event, organized on 25 September 2014, in New York, US, on the sidelines of the 2014 Climate Summit.

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Guest Article #112: Sustainable Energy for All in the Americas: Combating Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The United Nations Initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) has the goal of ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030. These goals both work to combat climate change and provide an improved standard of living and greater opportunities for citizens.

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Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials [viewed]

italy-palau-monaco26 September 2014: At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion.

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World Bank Identifies Clean-Tech Market Opportunities for SMEs [viewed]

world-bank-group24 September 2014: The World Bank Group has released a report, titled ‘Building Competitive Green Industries: The Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries,' which quantifies opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries to generate profits and create jobs, while providing solutions to climate challenges.

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AfDB to Enhance Climate Finance Access [viewed]

AfDB23 September 2014: On the eve of the UN Climate Summit, the African Development Bank (AfDB) participated in high-level meetings on financing opportunities for a climate-smart Africa, including the Clim-Dev Africa Special Fund (CDSF) and the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative.

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High-Level Event Highlights Land-Based Adaptation [viewed]

UNCCD logo23 September 2014: A high-level event, titled ‘Sustainable Land Management for Adaptation, Resilience and Food Security,' which was co-organized by Germany, Iceland, Morocco, Qatar and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, convened on the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York.

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69th UN General Debate Opens, Addressing Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change [viewed]

unga6924 September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th General Debate on 24 September 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Many Heads of State and Government addressed the post-2015 development agenda, including its architecture and means of implementation (MOI). Many applauded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's UN Climate Summit the day before, with several calling for future actions, including a legally binding agreement on climate change. Speakers also addressed strengthening international security, reforming the UN and tackling Ebola.

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