Poverty Eradication

ESCAP Emphasizes Governance and Water Management for Sustainable Water Resources [viewed]

5 July 2011: In a statement to the fourth Singapore International Water Week, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), emphasized that sound governance is crucial for the sustainable management of water resources that are threatened by pollution, natural disasters and climate change.

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Event: UN Private Sector Forum: Access to Energy For All [viewed]

This high-level forum is being organized by the UN Global Compact, UN-Energy and other UN Agencies, funds and programmes, and will focus on the theme of Sustainable Energy for All. The forum will bring together Heads of State attending the UN General Assembly and over 300 CEOs of leading companies in the sector. Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Private Sector Forum will feature high-level roundtable discussions among business, government, civil society and UN leaders. It is designed to maximize interaction, increase understanding of efforts underway, and generate a range of commitments to action around the Sustainable Energy for All goals.  

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Event: Pre-UNFCCC COP 17 African Energy Ministers Conference [viewed]

Hosted by the Government of South Africa and endorsed by the African Union (AU), this conference seeks to provide input into the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The meeting will also work towards, inter alia, the development of a Sustainable Energy Access Road Map and a Joint Communique. Participants are also expected to address: mitigation; adaptation; regional interconnectivity; the scaling up of renewables; energy efficiency; and financing possibilities for sustainable options for increasing clean energy access in Africa.  

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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ADB Supports Biomass Waste Project for Clean Energy [viewed]

11 July 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a project for regional technical assistance that will assist the Greater Mekong Subregion to increase the efficient use of biomass waste in agriculture to meet the need for clean energy and food security of poor rural communities.

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REEEP Southeast Asia and the Pacific Newsletter Highlights E4All Network [viewed]

July 2011: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has published the July issue of its Southeast Asia and the Pacific Newsletter, with news on renewable energy policy and project developments, financing, energy for all, and upcoming events in the region.

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IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy Adopts Communiqué [viewed]

10 July 2011: The IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy has concluded with the adoption of the Abu Dhabi Communiqué on Renewable Energy for Accelerating Africa's Development.

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FAO, WFP and Oxfam Issue Statement on Drought in Horn of Africa [viewed]

8 July 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has issued a joint statement with the World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam calling for humanitarian and food assistance to build food security and resiliency in the Horn of Africa, and noting the failure of the short rains in late 2010 and negative trends that threaten the long rainy season in 2011.

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UN MDG Report Highlights Progress Despite the Financial, Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011 finds that, despite setbacks from recent economic, food and energy crises, major progress towards the MDGs has been achieved. However, it indicates that progress has been unequal and the most vulnerable are left behind, noting disparities based on sex, age, disability and ethnicity, and between urban and rural areas.

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Website Launched for 2012 International Year for Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

June 2011: The official website in support of the 2012 "International Year for Sustainable Energy for All," with information on the Year itself, recent and future events, how to get involved, other resources, and partners, has been launched.

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