Sustainable Development

SPREP and Commonwealth Discuss Increased Cooperation [viewed]

26 January 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Commonwealth Secretariat are exploring areas for strengthened environmental cooperation, in particular concerning climate change and sustainable development.

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UN Secretary-General Launches Global Compact LEAD [viewed]

28 January 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a group of chief executives launched "Global Compact LEAD," a new platform created by the UN Global Compact to enhance environmental, social and governance performance and set a new benchmark for corporate sustainability, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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UNDP, ESCWA and League of Arab States Launch Arab MDG Report 2010 [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the League of Arab States have launched the "Third Arab Report on the Millennium Development Goals 2010 and the Impact of the Economic Crisis." 

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Report of CDM Small-Scale Working Group's 29th Meeting Released [viewed]

24 January 2011: The report of the 29th meeting of the Small-Scale (SSC) Working Group of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which took place from 11-14 January 2011, in Bonn, Germany, is now available. 

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World Bank Highlights Opportunities for Carbon Finance in Arab Countries [viewed]

19 January 2011: Speaking at the Second Arab Economic, Social and Developmental Summit, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Managing Director, highlighted the potential of the Arab region in the renewable energy sector.

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Event: IEA Fuel Poverty Workshop: Evaluating the Co-Benefits of Low-Income Weatherisation Programmes [viewed]

This workshop, hosted by Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI), will be the first of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Efficiency Unit's (EEU) new programmes of work on innovative energy efficiency policies for mitigating fuel poverty, aiming to overcome the problem of return on investments in weatherization by the poor. The workshop will address three categories of non-energy co-benefits (NEBs) for low-income energy efficiency programmes: utility/rate-payer benefits; societal economic benefits; and participant household benefits. In addition, discussions on methodologies for collecting, quantifying and evaluating NEBs are planned.  

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World Future Energy Summit 2011 Discusses Business, Technology and Finance [viewed]

20 January 2011: World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2011, which convened from 17-20 January 2011, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), was organized around a high-level segment that focused on policy and strategy, and three forums on business, technology and finance. Participants considered issues such as international future energy policy, financing future energy, solar energy, green cities, sustainable buildings, wind energy, biofuels, e-mobility, energy storage, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage (CCS), energy efficiency, smart grids, and nuclear energy. 

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Deadline Extended for Submissions of Interest in Administering CDM Loan Scheme [viewed]

January 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has extended the deadline by which vendors interested in administering a loan scheme over a five-year period in respect of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) are requested to submit a written expression of interest.

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IFAD, FAO and ILO Release Report on Gender and Agriculture [viewed]

January 2011: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have released a report highlighting the unique role women play in rural economies and the potential they offer for lifting their households and communities out of poverty.

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Event: UNGA Thematic Debate on LDC IV [viewed]

An informal thematic debate on the contributions of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) will take place on 11 March 2011, and will focus on "Investment in and Financing of Productive Capacities in LDCs." UNGA President Joseph Deiss announced the event to member States' representatives at the UN in this letter: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/letters/Endofyear231210.pdf.  

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