Poverty Eradication

UNEP Joins UNFPA's 7 Billion Actions Campaign [viewed]

6 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that it has joined the 7 Billion Actions Campaign, coordinated by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), to encourage individuals, governments, businesses and organizations to take actions to create a more sustainable world for seven billion inhabitants.

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Event: Energy for All: Financing Access for the Poor [viewed]

The Oslo Energy for All 2011 high-level conference is co-organized by Norway and the International Energy Agency (IEA), and aims to explore possible ways of financing access to energy for the 1.4 billion people without access to electricity and 2.5 billion people who still use traditional biomass for cooking. Five countries from the South - Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Liberia and South Africa – have been invited to be organizing partners. High-level participants will include Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandeh Yumkella. Registration is by invitation only.  

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Asia and the Pacific Meeting Addresses Sustainable Energy Development [viewed]

29 September 2011: The Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Energy Development in Asia and the Pacific reviewed energy security challenges facing the region and outlined a regional agenda on the issue. Participants stressed the importance for countries in the region to have national policies that will ensure universal access to clean and efficient energy services to advance poverty reduction and improve health and well-being.

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European Parliament Makes Recommendations for EU Position at Rio+20 [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on developing a common EU position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), outlining its views on the concept of the green economy and desired outcomes of the Conference.

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UN, ASEAN Discuss Climate Change and Disaster Management [viewed]

28 September 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, General Assembly (UNGA) President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Surin Pitsuwan and others recently met to discuss collaboration on common priorities between the UN and the South-East Asian bloc.

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UNEP Releases Report on Orangutan and Economics of Forest Conservation in Indonesia [viewed]

28 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report under the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), titled “The Orangutan and Economics of Forest Conservation in Sumatra.”

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UN Secretary-General Names High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

26 September 2011: The UN Secretary-General has appointed business, government and civil society leaders from around the world to serve on the newly created UN Secretary-General's High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL).

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Global Biofuel Information Tool [viewed]

26 September 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released its September 2011 newsletter, noting the opening of registration for Forest Day at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, on 4 December 2011. The newsletter also features articles on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock), forest governance and climate change.

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Event: International Workshop “Domestic Biogas Programmes in Asia; Transformation Towards Commercial Sectors and Development of Effective Financing Facilities” [viewed]

This workshop is co-organized by the Energy for All Partnership, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Hivos/Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation. Its specific objectives are to: help prepare for the transformation of national biogas programmes to commercial biogas sectors during the period to 2016 by outlining a sector development plan by country, including pro-poor commercialization strategy; and to present and discuss the Asian Rural Biogas Facility as developed by the KfW bank and ADB in the framework of the Energy for All Partnership. The workshop will feature both plenary and parallel sessions, including a session on financing in the domestic biogas sector under the Clean Development Mechanism and non-compliance carbon market. On the second day, the Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme will organize a field visit. A total of 120 persons are expected, consisting of delegations from 15 countries in Asia, representatives from the ADB and other potential external financiers and stakeholders from the Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme. The workshop is also open to all interested stakeholders.  

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UNGA General Debate Addresses Impacts of Climate Change, SIDS' Vulnerability [viewed]

26 September 2011: During the general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), a number of speakers referred to the impacts of climate change, addressing, inter alia, the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the prospects for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the impacts of climate change on food security and disasters.

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