Poverty Eradication

IEA Chief Stresses Positive Impacts of Achieving Universal Energy Access [viewed]

IEA14 June 2012: In an article published in the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book, Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), underlines that making access to modern energy services universal would have no real negative impact on energy security or climate change globally, but rather would radically improve the lives of billions of energy poor.

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World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated at Rio+20 [viewed]

17 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is marking World Day to Combat Desertification, which is celebrated annually on 17 June, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just a few days before the opening of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). 

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Event: Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development [viewed]

This side event will be held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will focus on renewable energy for sustainable development, biogas, hydro-energy and biofuels. It will also include the launch of the International Center of Renewable Energy Biogas, in the framework of the Observatory for Renewable Energy for Latin America and the Caribbean. The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will also address the potentials of sustainable energy solutions in contributing to employment creation and poverty alleviation. The event is being organized by the Federations of Industries of São Paulo (SFIESP) and Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN) states, UNIDO, Eletrobras, ITAIPU Binacional, Brazilian Ministry of Energy, Roberto Marinho Foundation, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), and Rio City Hall.  

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UNU Project on Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Africa Holds Kick-Off Meeting [viewed]

11 June 2012: A five-year research project on Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Semi-Arid Africa: An Integrated Approach (CECAR-Africa) held a kick-off meeting to formally commence its operational phase. CECAR-Africa focuses on the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems to climate change in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

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REN21 Status Report Indicates Strong Continued Growth in Renewables [viewed]

REN2111 June 2012: The Renewable Energy Global Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has published the latest edition of its flagship publication, the “Renewables 2012 Global Status Report” (GSR), which illustrates continued growth in all types of renewables across sectors and countries, including via an update of REN21's interactive online map.

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Asia Clean Energy Forum Focuses on Low-Carbon Energy For All [viewed]

8 June 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2012, which was organized around the theme “Accelerating Low-Carbon Energy For All.” The Forum was framed around four thematic tracks: energy access; technology; policy and regulation; and finance and investment.

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IFAD Launches Paper on Sustainable Smallholder Farming [viewed]

6 June 2012: In the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the Internatioanl Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a paper that describes how climate-smart agriculture differs from traditional agricultural interventions for rural development.

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UNEP Releases GEO-5 Results [viewed]

UNEP6 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the findings of the fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) on the eve of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). GEO-5 assessed 90 environmental goals and objectives, and found that significant progress has been made in only four.

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EEA "Signals 2012" Focuses on Consumption and Production Patterns [viewed]

EEA5 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released the 2012 edition of its "Signals" report, titled "Building the Future we Want," which focuses on the impacts of consumption and production patterns, and ways to reduce their impact on the environment. 

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AFD, IFAD to Develop Agricultural Index Insurance in West Africa [viewed]

4 June 2012: The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have partnered to develop agricultural index insurance in West Africa, as a means to protect smallholder incomes, improve rural livelihoods and contribute to food security in the region.

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