IEA Paper Explores Development of Energy Efficiency Indicators in Russia [viewed]

January 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a paper titled “Development of Energy Efficiency Indicators in Russia,” which details two years of IEA's work ­together with Russia's Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) on energy efficiency.

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OECD Paper Discusses Climate-Related Technology Transfer and Innovation [viewed]

December 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a paper in its Environmental Working Paper series by Ivan Hašcic et al., titled “Climate Policy and Technological Innovation and Transfer: An Overview of Trends and Recent Empirical Results.”

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Event: UN Climate Change Conference – Bangkok [viewed]

The first formal round of climate change negotiations in 2011 include: the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16); the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14); and workshops pursuant to the Cancun Agreements and to other decisions as appropriate. Preparatory meetings of the Group of 77 and China, the African Group, the small island developing States (SIDS) and the least developed countries are expected to meet from 30 March-2 April 2011.  

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Event: IEA Workshop on Energy Storage: Issues and Opportunities [viewed]

This workshop is part of a series investigating strategic and crosscutting energy technology and policy issues identified by the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT). The aim of the workshop is to share research experiences, best practices, and policy in the field of energy storage. Topics to be discussed include: bridging the gap between application requirements and scientific and technical possibilities; industry and market views from country experts; national and international strategies and plans; and discussion of the key challenges and coordination opportunities.  

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UNFF 9 Opens at UN Headquarters [viewed]

24 January 2011: The ninth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9) opened on 24 January 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and will run until 4 February under the theme “Forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication."

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UNIDO Publishes Reports on Mitigation Costs [viewed]

24 January 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published three reports focusing on ways of significantly reducing industrial carbon dioxide emissions in developed and developing countries at a reasonable cost.

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UN/ISDR Head Calls for Urgent Action on DRR [viewed]

24 January 2011: Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction and head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), has called on local governments, city leaders and their partners to “act now” to incorporate climate change adaptation into urban planning.

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World Bank and Republic of Korea Strengthen Partnership on Climate Change-Related Disasters [viewed]

24 January 2011: The World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Korea's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to strengthen cooperation for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation.

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OCHA Releases Humanitarian Agenda for 2011 [viewed]

21 January 2011: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced its agenda for 2011 to member States at a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, US, focusing on the pressing challenges will make humanitarian operations more complex, namely climate change, mounting natural disasters, the vulnerability of aid workers in conflict areas, and the reduction of financial resources due to the economic crisis.

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WMO Meeting Reports on Switzerland's Climate and Research Monitoring Projects [viewed]

19 January 2011: The Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) programme of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) held a meeting of the Swiss GAW programme from 18-19 January 2011, in Zurich, Switzerland.

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