Sustainable Development

UNEP Finance Initiative Launches Report on Low Carbon Growth in Developing Countries [viewed]

© UN26 October 2009: The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released a report “Catalysing Low Carbon Growth in Developing Economies: public finance mechanisms to scale up private sector investment in climate solutions.”

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African Negotiators Define Desirable Copenhagen Outcome [viewed]

© UNEP23 October 2009: The Technical Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) Pre-COP 15 (Second Meeting of the African High Level Expert Panel on Climate Change) convened from 19-23 October 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and concluded with a call for a “fair, inclusive, effective and equitable new agreement in Copenhagen.” The session was the initiative of AMCEN and the African Union (AU), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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UNEP and Standard Bank Announce Launch of The Africa Carbon Asset Development Facility [viewed]

© UNEP22 October 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Standard Bank announced the launch of The Africa Carbon Asset Development (ACAD) Facility at the UNEP Finance Initiative Global Roundtable, which is part of the “Green Week” activities in Cape Town, South Africa.

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UNEP Finance Initiative Convenes 2009 Global Roundtable [viewed]

22 October 2009: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is convening its 2009 Global Roundtable in Cape Town, South Africa, from 22-23 October 2009. The purpose of the meeting is to explore ways towards achieving sustainable financial markets and economies.

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GLOBAL FORUM DISCUSSES [viewed]

Co-organized by the Ministry of Energy of Mexico and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Global Renewable Energy Forum 2009 took place from 7-9 October 2009, in León, Mexico.

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UNECE-FAO Forum Underscores Role of Forest Sector in Reducing Emissions, Green Economy [viewed]

© UNECE21 October 2009: A policy forum on “The Forest Sector in the Green Economy,” organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 15 October 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, highlighted the need to promote and maximize the forest sector's contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to reflect this in post-Kyoto climate change agreements.

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UNECE-FAO Workshop Highlights Green Building for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© UNECE21 October 2009: A workshop on “Responding to climate change: wood's place in a global approach to green building,” was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during the Timber Committee Week, held from 12-16 October 2009. Among the workshop's conclusions was agreement that green building is a solution to climate change mitigation: energy-efficient construction for new buildings and renovation of existing buildings can reduce 40-50% of energy used for space and water heating.

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UN/ISDR Participates in African Parliamentarians Meeting on Reducing the Impacts of Climatic Disasters [viewed]

© UN/ISDR20 October 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) participated in the Consultative Meeting of Parliamentarians in Chad on 17 October 2009. At the meeting, Parliamentarians and Ministers from Central African countries recognized disaster risk reduction measures as a main tool to adapt to future climate-related disasters that are already affecting many countries in Africa.

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UNIDO to Support Energy Efficiency and Environmentally-Friendly Production in South Africa and Tunisia [viewed]

© UNIDO20 October 2009: Two new projects developed by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) aim to help achieve a sustainable transformation of energy practices in South Africa and promote environmentally-friendly production in Tunisia.

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IEA Ministerial Meeting Discusses Partnerships for Energy Challenges [viewed]

© IEA15 October 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) celebrated its 35th anniversary and considered the theme “Responding to Energy Challenges in Partnership” during its two-day Ministerial meeting in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009. The meeting gathered energy ministers from the 28 IEA member countries to share views on key energy and environment challenges. In addition, IEA partner countries China, India and Russia participated for the first time together and guest speakers Henry Kissinger and Etienne Davignon - two key founders of the IEA - and Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), helped mark the anniversary milestone.

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