Poverty Eradication

UNGA President Calls for New Paradigm on Energy [viewed]

24 May 2012: At a conference on “The Future of Energy” convened by the Foreign Policy Association, UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser stressed the urgency of improving energy access and highlighted its links to poverty. The Conference took place on 24 May 2012, in New York, US.

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European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 Winners Announced [viewed]

24 May 2012: The EU Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik presented the European Business Awards for the Environment 2012 to winners who have made achievements in sustainable development in the areas of management, products and process innovation, international business cooperation, and business and biodiversity. Potočnik lauded the companies for being “green growth in action.”

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Event: Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) [viewed]

The Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) brings together representatives from government, the private sector and civil society to discuss the advancement of renewable energy. The fifth such conference will be jointly organized with the sixth edition of the United Arab Emirates' World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the International Water Summit 2013, and will follow the IRENA General Assembly meeting. Objectives of the conference are to analyze and highlight the achievements of the UN Secretary General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, which was launched at the WFES 2012, and discuss the contribution of renewable energy to economic development, energy security and mitigation of climate change. The conference is expected to offer a strategic platform to discuss the impact of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC to be held in Qatar at the end of 2012, and the role of renewable energy on economic development, energy security and climate change mitigation. IREC is organized every two years and convened by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The event will see thousands of participants engaging in dialogues on the policy, finance, business and technology of renewable energy in a series of panel discussions, presentations, speeches and exhibitions. The events are part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).  

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TERI and Indus Towers Partner on Clean Energy in Rural India [viewed]

12 May 2012: Through its Lighting a Billion Lives Programme (LaBL), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has entered into a five year partnership with Indus Towers, a company that provides passive infrastructure services to telecom operators, have entered into a five year partnership to sponsor clean energy and rural entrepreneurship in 660 villages in India.

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G-8 Calls for Comprehensive Energy Strategy [viewed]

19 May 2012: The G-8 Summit at Camp David recognized the need for universal access to environmentally sound, sustainable, secure and affordable sources of energy to ensure global economic growth and address climate change.

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UNDP Project Promoting 100% Renewable Energy in Tokelau [viewed]

UNDP7 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting Tokelau, a group of 3 small atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, to overcome its dependency on fossil fuels and meet its energy needs entirely through renewable energy by the end of 2012.

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UNDP Announces Winners of Asia Pacific Cartoon Contest on Climate Change [viewed]

UNDP18 April 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Regional Centre and the Government of France co-organized a cartoon contest to support advocacy that brings people to the centre of climate change and human development debates. The contest encouraged people from Asia-Pacific developing countries to portray issues of concern related to climate change in the region from a people's perspective.

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WSIS Forum Considers Role of ICTs in Achieving the MDGs [viewed]

18 May 2012: The 2012 World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS Forum 2012) was held to provide a platform for discussions of how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can address global challenges, such as climate change, and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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AfDB, FAO to Increase Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

AfDB16 May 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) is launching a joint regional programme with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) aimed at increasing drought resilience and improving sustainable livelihoods in the Greater Horn of Africa.

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FAO Documents Adaptation Interventions in Mozambique [viewed]

FAOMay 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report that details its role as coordinator of the largest component of a UN Joint Programme (UNJP) that builds the resilience of community and ecosystems to climate change and diversification of livelihood options in Mozambique. The programme was initiated based on the recognition that Southern Africa is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, including droughts, floods, and rainfall variability.

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