Near East

UN-Water Zaragoza Conference Prepares for International Year of Cooperation [viewed]

10 January 2012: The International Annual UN-Water Zaragoza Conference 2012/2013 reiterated that the challenges of climate change, poverty eradication, sustainable development and population growth require cooperation.

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IRENA Newsletter Highlights NAMA Handbook to Eliminate Barriers to Renewables Deployment [viewed]

IRENA21 January 2013: The International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) latest newsletter highlights recent IRENA activities, meetings, publications and reports.

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First Energy Ministerial of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) Adopts Abu Dhabi Declaration [viewed]

16 January 2013: Energy ministers and senior government officials from South American and Arab countries (ASPA) have adopted the Abu Dhabi Declaration on enhanced cooperation at the bi-regional mechanism's inaugural meeting on energy.

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Fifth International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) Hosts High-Level Discussions on Innovation and Finance [viewed]

17 January 2013: The Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) convened government, business, and civil society representatives from more than 150 countries to discuss the future of innovation and finance for renewable energy. The conference was hosted by the Sixth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) from 15-17 January, 2013, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

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2013 Zayed Future Energy Prize Announces Winners at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week [viewed]

15 January 2013: The winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize were announced on 15 January 2013 at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2013.

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UNISDR, Gulf States Cooperation Council Host DRR Workshop [viewed]

18 January 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States (GCC) co-hosted a regional workshop on disaster risk reduction (DRR), which heard calls for stronger commitments in the Gulf region towards the development of a DRR strategy.

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IRENA Assembly Ratifies Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, Inaugurates Renewables SIDS Network, Welcomes China's Decision to Become Member State [viewed]

IRENA14 January 2013: The third session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly convened on 13-14 January in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to discuss IRENA's work programme and budget for 2013, medium-term strategy, progress on programmatic activities, and implementation of policies on ethics, conflicts of interest, and the secondment of personnel.

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Event: Eighth CGE Meeting [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) is holding this meeting to improve the process of preparation of national communications from non-Annex I parties.  

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MENA Countries to Form Regional Initiative for Mountains [viewed]

19 December 2012: During a regional meeting on climate change adaptation in mountain regions held in Marrakech, Morocco, over 15 representatives from the Middle East and North African (MENA) region agreed to form a Regional Initiative for Mountains in the MENA Region within the context of the Mountain Partnership.

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IEA to Advise on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy in Middle East and North Africa [viewed]

IEA27 December 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has indicated plans to expand its role in advising on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the Middle East and North Africa.

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