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Event: IRENA IITC Renewables Competitiveness and Innovation Workshop [viewed]

This workshop on renewables competitiveness and innovation is organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC), upon the occasion of its inauguration of the IITC. It will be attended by high level government representatives, business and industry, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs. The workshop will have sessions on: the economics of renewables, focusing on competitiveness, costs and benefits; innovation for accelerated development; the next big developments in renewables; and the IITC roadmap.  

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Event: Official Opening of the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) [viewed]

This event marks the opening of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) upon the occasion of its inauguration of the IITC. This office in Bonn, Germany, is to compliment the work of IRENA's headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), by working towards a framework for renewable energy technology support, as well as cost reduction potentials and policies to support innovation and increased use of standards. The event on 7 October will consist of an opening ceremony and panel discussion titled "Towards the Age of Renewables." The event will be attended by high-level government and international organization representatives, and will be open to the press. On 6 October, a pre-inauguration workshop on renewables competitiveness and innovation will be held. The workshop will have sessions on: the economics of renewables, focusing on competitiveness, costs and benefits; innovation for accelerated development; the next big developments in renewables; and the IITC roadmap.  

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Event: CLIMALPTOUR-Climate Change and its Impact on Tourism in the Alpine Space [viewed]

This conference will provide an overview of the CLIMALPTOUR Project, which aims to make Alpine centers an interesting destination in all seasons and to increase their potential even if snow is lacking. Project partners, which include the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), are working together to find out concrete adaptation strategies that can be used by civil services and stakeholders to face this new situation and go beyond the traditional vision of winter sports.  

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EU-South Africa Summit Discusses Preparations for Durban and Rio+20 [viewed]

15 September 2011: The leaders of South Africa and the European Union (EU) met on 15 September 2011 at Kruger National Park, South Africa, to reaffirm their commitment to a strategic partnership based on shared values and interests, including sustainable development, climate change and biodiveristy.

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UNFCCC Publishes Latvia's Fifth National Communication Review Report [viewed]

UNFCCC14 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ IDR.5/LVA) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5) of Latvia.

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EU Member States Endorse Procurement Agreements for ETS Phase 3 Allowance Auctions [viewed]

14 September 2011: EU Member States ave endorsed two draft agreements on the practical modalities for procuring the common auction platform and single auction monitor for phase 3 of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

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Cuba Accepts Amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

Cuban flag12 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Government of Cuba deposited its instrument of acceptance of an amendment to Annex B of the Kyoto Protocol on 8 September 2011.

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UNFCCC Publishes Lithuania's GHG Review Report [viewed]

UNFCCC7 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR.2010/LTU) of the individual review of the annual submission of Lithuania.

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UK Provides Negotiating Support to LDCs through New Advocacy Fund [viewed]

African Negotiatiors. Photo courtesy: Petterik Wiggers, Panos6 September 2011: The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has announced that it will provide legal advice and support to least developed countries (LDCs) through a new Advocacy Fund. 

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EU Report Highlights Growth in Global Photovoltaics Production [viewed]

5 September 2011: The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a report that indicates that the global production of photovoltaics (PV) has more than doubled in 2010, making it one of the world's fastest growing industries.

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