Poverty Eradication

CGIAR Launches Programme to Improve Maize Productivity [viewed]

6 July 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has announced a US$170 million global alliance and research programme to double the productivity of maize farms and increase their resilience to climate change.

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ECREEE Newsletter Highlights 2011 Work Plan and Budget of the Centre [viewed]

June 2011: The Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) has published its third newsletter, which highlights the review and approval by the second Executive Board meeting of ECREEE of the 2010 Status Report and the 2011 Work Plan of the Centre. The meeting took place on 28 January 2011 in Praia, Cape Verde.

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UN-Energy, Major Electricity Producers Sign Declaration on Public-Private Partnerships [viewed]

June 2011: UN-Energy, together with the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (formerly the e8 network) of leading global electricity companies, met at the "Global Summit to Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate Global Electricity Technology Deployment" to discuss public-private partnership best practices to advance sustainable energy development.

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IEA Paper Explores Benefits of Weatherizing Low-Income Housing [viewed]

June 2011: The Energy Efficiency Unit (EEU) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report titled “Evaluating the co-benefits of low-income energy-efficiency programmes,” which discusses co-benefits related to low-income weatherization programmes addressing poor housing quality, the main driver of fuel poverty, as well as innovative methods for their financing.

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GEF SGP Funds Reforestation and Forest Rehabilitation in Malawi [viewed]

29 June 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) is funding a US$41,321 project for the rehabilitation of degraded forests in the Soche Mountain Forest Reserve in Malawi.

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Event: Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum [cancelled] [viewed]

This Forum was cancelled due to flooding in Bangkok. It was being organized by the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network. Convening under the theme "Mainstreaming Adaptation in Development: Adaptation in Action," this Forum will provide an opportunity to share findings and innovations, opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development. Panel sessions will address, inter alia: managing water for food and agriculture; disaster management and climate change adaptation; transport and communication infrastructure; gender and adaptation mainstreaming; business responsibilities and contributions; options for small island States; climate-induced migration and livelihood security; and integrating adaptation and mitigation actions. The Adaptation Knowledge Platform has been jointly established by the Asian Institute of Technology/UN Environment Programme Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT - UNEP RRC.AP) the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia (SENSA) and UNEP with funding support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The Adaptation Network, part of the Global Adaptation Network, aims to build climate resilience of vulnerable human systems, ecosystems and economies through the mobilization of knowledge and technologies to support adaptation capacity building, policy-setting, planning and practices.  

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Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum Focuses on Energy Poverty, Business Models [viewed]

Opening Plenary for the Sixth Asian Clean Energy Forum24 June 2011: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011, themed “New Business Models and Policy Drivers - Building the Low-Carbon Future,” took place from 22-24 June 2011 in Manila, Philippines, preceded by preparatory meetings from 20-21 June. The Forum was framed around four overarching thematic areas: policy and regulation; financing and investment; innovative business models; and energy for all.

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Ramsar, SPREP Participate in IUCN Mangrove Conservation Meetings [viewed]

Members of the PMI Steering Committee23 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) participated in a meeting of the national coordinators of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Mangroves Ecosystem for Climate Change and Livelihoods (MESCAL) project, which followed up on progress of the project and sought to ensure that MESCAL activities fit with the new Regional Wetlands Action Plan for Pacific Islands.

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UN-Energy Knowledge Network Publishes First Newsletter [viewed]

UN-Energy22 June 2011: UN-Energy's Knowledge Network has published the first issue of its newsletter, which features, inter alia: information and an interview on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy; a piece on the 2012 Year of Sustainable Energy for All; and a report on the e8 Global Summit.

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UNDP Highlights Role of Energy Access to Achieve the MDGs [viewed]

UNDP22 June 2011: Speaking at the Board for the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Rebeca Grynspan, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator, stressed the role of energy access for achieving sustainable human development and accelerating progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), noting it can help keep children in school, deliver health services, and free women from the burden of time-consuming domestic activities. 

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