Poverty Eradication

World Future Energy Summit 2011 Opens [viewed]

17 January 2011: The fourth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2011 opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 17 January 2011. The first day of this four-day event was organized around the theme “Policy and Strategy Forum,” and comprised opening statements from HE Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO Masdar, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Heads of State and other dignitaries, followed by special addresses and ministerial panels.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Young Future Energy Leaders [viewed]

17 January 2011: Addressing the Young Future Energy Leaders in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), during a side event for the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the role of Young Energy Leaders in ensuring a sustainable future.

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IRRI Publication Documents Climate Change Impacts on Rice [viewed]

January 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has released its January to March edition of Rice Today, which features articles documenting the relationship between climate change impacts and rice production.

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Argentina Takes Over Group of 77 Chairmanship [viewed]

12 January 2011: Speaking at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, US, marking the handover from Yemen to Argentina of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China (G77/China), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that important trends "continue to shape our shared efforts to combat poverty and ensure prosperity for all."

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Preparatory Meeting for LDC Conference Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

10 January 2011: The first session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Fourth UN Conference on the LDCs opened on 10 January 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Event: Agriculture and Climate Change Roundtable on Reconciling REDD+ and Agriculture [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and EcoAgriculture Partners will be holding discussions on climate change and agriculture. The roundtable will include presentations on the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) report: "Lessons from REDD+ for Agriculture." CCAFS is a programme of the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR).  

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Event: 2011 Annual Meetings of the Bretton Woods Institutions [viewed]

The Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development and aid effectiveness. A Civil Society Policy Forum, a program of policy dialogues for civil society organizations (CSOs) will be held from 21-24 September 2011.  

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Event: International Year for Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

In December 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2012 as the "International Year for Sustainable Energy for All" (Resolution 65/151), aimed at creating "an enabling environment for the promotion and use of new and renewable energy technologies, including measures to improve access to such technologies."  

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CBD COP 10 Report Available Online [viewed]

21 December 2010: The official report, including all decisions and outcomes, of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has been made available online.

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Event: Vienna Energy Conference 2011 (VEC 2011) [viewed]

This Conference, organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), will convene under the banner “Energy for All: Time for Action.” Core themes to be addressed will include: agreeing on a common understanding of energy access; agreeing on a strategy to ensure universal access to modern energy services and increase energy efficiency by reducing energy intensity by 40% until 2030; identifying indicative targets and policies in support of these objectives; and prioritizing key national and regional actions on energy access and energy efficiency.  

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