Guest Article #65: Clean Energy: Helping Propel Asia to New Prosperity [viewed]

There are many people claiming that this could very well be Asia's century. The region's relatively quick recovery from the global recession has caused the economic axis of the world to tilt in its direction, and Asia seems poised to lead the world with its vibrant, dynamic economies. While the eyes of the world may naturally fall on the economic powerhouses of the People's Republic of China and India, countries such as Indonesia and Viet Nam are also finding success, climbing out of poverty to reach middle income status within a few decades, and poised to continue their ascent.

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UN Secretary-General Underlines Threats of Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

5 September 2011: During his official visit to Kiribati, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the President of Kiribati on his active participation in multilateral efforts to address climate change, in particular by promoting dialogue among parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Holds Special Session on DRR [viewed]

3 September 2011: Flavia Munaaba, Ugandan Minister of State for the Environment, opened the Special Joint Session on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) during the 29th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF29). The Special Session was convened to effect a paradigm shift for addressing climate change and risks within the region, with participants highlighting progress in reducing drought risk so far.

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First Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee Focuses on Stakeholders Engagement [viewed]

UNFCCC3 September 2011: The first meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) convened in Bonn, Germany, from 1-3 September 2011, to discuss how the TEC will provide overviews of technology needs, assess policy and technical issues related to technology development and transfer, share information on new and innovative technologies, facilitate and catalyze action on technology, and find ways to engage stakeholders to build the momentum on the Technology Mechanism.

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UNIDO, Germany Strengthen Cooperation on Renewables and Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNIDO2 September 2011: The Government of Germany and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in the promotion of energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy in developing countries, including the promotion of sustainable industrial development.  

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ECOWAS Urges Members to Intensify Implementation of NAMAs [viewed]

2 September 2011: A training workshop held from 31 August- 2 September 2011 was organized under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to develop and implement measures for Member States to access available funds for and assess the status of international negotiations on climate change. Capacity building measures for implementing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) as well as for negotiators from the region were also assessed.

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UNDP Human Development Report for Bhutan Highlights Climate Change Threats [viewed]

UNDP1 September 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the third National Human Development Report for Bhutan, titled “Sustaining Progress: Rising to the Climate Challenge.” The report notes that climate change is threatening the economic and human development gains that contribute to Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (GNH) and that building resilience is crucial to safeguard the livelihoods of about a quarter of the Bhutanese population who depend on subsistence farming and natural resources.

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UNFCCC Publishes Reports of Workshops on NAMAs and on Economy Wide Reduction Targets [viewed]

UNFCCC31 August 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/11) by the co-chairs of the second workshop on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) submitted by developing country parties, underlying assumptions, and any support needed for implementation of these actions, as requested by decision 1/CP.16 paragraph 51.

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UNECE Publishes Technical Cooperation Success Stories [viewed]

31 August 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report highlighting success stories of its technical cooperation work, including on climate change, biodiversity and energy.

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Pakistan, WMO Strengthen Flood Forecasting Services [viewed]

31 August 2011: The Pakistan Meteorological Department and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have worked together over the 2010-2011 period on Pakistan's Integrated Flood Management Plan, following the flood disaster of 2010, which affected over 20 million people and caused almost 2,000 deaths.

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