Poverty Eradication

IDB Funds Biomass Project for Low Income Families in Brazil [viewed]

IDB8 February 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$2 million project to help low-income families in Brazil to supply fruit kernels to biomass plants.

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High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All Prepares Framework for Action [viewed]

3 February 2012: The UN Secretary-General's High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All has prepared a document titled “Sustainable Energy for All: A Framework for Action,” which outlines a pathway for collaborative action on improving energy access and alleviating energy poverty globally using renewable and sustainable sources of energy.

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UNCTAD Report Makes the Case for Development-led Globalization [viewed]

7 February 2012: In his report to the 13th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi has proposed replacing the pattern of finance-driven globalization (FDG) currently dominating international relations with a model of development-led globalization (DLG).

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EEA Reports Recommend Environmental Tax Reform [viewed]

9 January 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on European Tax Reform (ETR). The reports, titled “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Opportunities for Eco-innovation” and “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Implications for Income Distribution,” highlight that implementing the ERT could spur eco-innovation, create jobs, and result in environmental benefits, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. 

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Event: 35th Session of IFAD's Governing Council [viewed]

The International Fund for Agricultural Development will hold its two-day Governing Council meeting as a forum for member States, partners and the public to discuss and debate what needs to be done to enable smallholder farmers to contribute to raising food availability by 70% by 2050. High level speakers will include Bill Gates, and Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, the CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, who will present on "What promise will Rio herald for agriculture." The IFAD concept note for the meeting also highlights climate change challenges to sustainable agriculture and intervention options. Key speakers are listed in this press release: http://www.ifad.org/media/press/2012/alert/2.htm.  

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Adaptation Fund Board Publishes Report of 16th Meeting [viewed]

Adaptation Fund3 February 2012: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has released the approved report of its 16th meeting, which was held from 13-14 December 2011, alongside the seventh meeting of the Project and Programme Review Committee (PPRC), the Ethics and Finance Committee (EFC) and a civil society dialogue. At the meeting, the AFB approved project proposals in Uruguay, Cook Islands, Georgia, Madagascar, Samoa and Tanzania.

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Indian Prime Minister Emphasizes Cooperation and Equity at DSDS [viewed]

2 February 2012: The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, has called for cooperation between all countries, both industrialized and developing, in order to achieve sustainable development. He noted that cooperation must be based on the right to development and the equitable distribution of burden.

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UN Commission for Social Development Focuses on Poverty Reduction [viewed]

UN logo1 February 2012: The 50th session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) has opened at UN Headquarters. The session will focus on poverty eradication, youth unemployment and socially-inclusive policies, taking into account the global economic crisis and climate change. Opening statements from UN officials highlighted the importance of social development for sustainable development and the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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ITU and Telefónica Launch Sustainable Energy for All Mobile App Competitions [viewed]

1 February 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Telefónica have launched two challenges for the creation of new mobile applications (or “apps”) that address the issue of sustainable energy for all. The challenges seek to uncover innovative information and communication technology (ICT) approaches to support the 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

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UNRISD Releases Film on the Social Dimensions of the Green Economy [viewed]

5 January 2012: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has released a short film titled "Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing Back the Social," which explores the green economy's potential as a path to inclusive, sustainable development and poverty eradication.

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