Sustainable Development

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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New ECOSOC President Outlines 2011 Agenda [viewed]

18 January 2010: In his inaugural speech, the new President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Lazarous Kapambwe (Zambia), outlined his priorities for the Council in the coming year, including accelerating the review, coordination and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UN Launches World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011 [viewed]

18 January 2011: The UN launched a report titled "World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011," which provides that fiscal policies, in tandem with income and structural policies, will need to be reoriented to foster job creation and green growth.

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UNDP Asia and Pacific Director Addresses Issue of Green Cities and China [viewed]

UNDP17 January 2011: In an op-ed published in the People's Daily in China, Ajay Chibber, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Bureau Director of Asia and Pacific, highlights that China has the potential of becoming a world leader in green urban development.

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World Bank President Discusses Green Growth in India [viewed]

13 January 2011: World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick and India's Minister of State for Environment and Forests (Independent Charge) Jairam Ramesh, met in Delhi, India, to discuss how to further strengthen their partnership to advance India's green-growth agenda.

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