IEA Publishes Review of Canada's Energy Policy [viewed]

12 April 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the latest in its series of policy reviews, “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Canada.” The report breaks down its investigation into energy framework policies, sectoral policies and energy technologies.

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IEA Releases Paper on Phasing-Out Inefficient Lighting [viewed]

April 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has issued a paper titled “Phase Out of Incandescent Lamps: Implications for international supply and demand for regulatory compliant lamps.” The paper assesses the newly created demand for energy efficient lighting and the capacity and motivation of industry to meet increasing future demand for these products.

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Bolivia Hosts People's World Conference on Climate Change [viewed]

The People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth convened in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 19-22 April 2010.

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Mother Earth is Under Pressure - UN Secretary-General [viewed]

22 April 2010:  In a message to mark International Mother Earth Day, celebrated on 22 April, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that "Mother Earth – our only home – is under pressure."  Noting that we have "drawn on nature's capital without putting back," he underlined that we are now seeing the consequences, as showcased by climate change and the depleted ozone layer.

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UNEP and Partner Release 2010 Climate Competitiveness Index [viewed]

21 April 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the non-profit institute AccountAbility, has released "The 2010 Climate Competitiveness Index - National progress in the low carbon economy."

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Proposed EU MDGs Action Plan Includes Climate Financing [viewed]

21 April 2010: The European Commission put forward an action plan for the EU to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The action plan also sets out a possible EU position ahead of the UN Summit on the MDGs, scheduled to take place in September 2010, in New York, US.

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European Investment Bank to Expand Work on Climate Change [viewed]

21 April 2010: The European Commission presented a proposal on the external mandate of the European Investment Bank (EIB) until 2013, which would activate a EUR 2 billion optional mandate for projects contributing to address climate change.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Progress Towards REDD+ [viewed]

20 April 2010: The seventh edition of the UN-REDD Programme's Newsletter reviews activities related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) in several countries, and includes reports, analyses, and commentaries on recent events and publications.

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GEF SGP Supports Greening Armenia's Housing Sector [viewed]

20 April 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) is piloting a residential project to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency practices in apartment buildings in Armenia.

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Japan and Malaysia Announce Initiative to Cooperate on Environment and Energy [viewed]

19 April 2010: Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Minister of Japan, and Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, held a summit meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on 19 April 2010, to discuss cooperation for environment and energy.

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