IEA OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin Discusses Electric Vehicles and Clean Energy Policies [viewed]

18 November2010: The Committee on Energy Research and Technology of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the latest issue of its OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, which discusses IEA related publications, events, policy analysis, and new research projects.

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Commonwealth Youth Prepare Toolkit [viewed]

17 November 2010: The Commonwealth Secretariat has announced that a coalition of young climate change activists from six Commonwealth countries (India, Sierra Leone, the UK, Canada, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Nigeria) is developing a toolkit for young Commonwealth citizens to engage in climate change education and advocacy.

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European Commission Identifies Energy Infrastructure Priorities [viewed]

17 November 2010: The European Commission has released a communication that identifies energy infrastructure priorities for the next two decades, aimed at making networks fit for the 21st century.

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EIB Supports Climate-resilient Water Projects in Samoa [viewed]

17 November 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide technical support for sustainable and climate-resilient water projects in Samoa. EIB support will target the rehabilitation and upgrade of independent water schemes in Samoa under a EUR 250,000 technical assistance programme, which will also ensure community participation and improve drinking water quality and climate resilience.

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JI Supervisory Committee and CDM Executive Board Annual Reports Published [viewed]

16 November 2010: The annual report of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board to the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP) are now available on the UNFCCC website.

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SPREP Releases Draft Regional Report on Climate Financing [viewed]

16 November 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has issued a draft report on the future of climate financing in the Pacific region, calling for review comments.
 The draft report identifies options for more effective delivery of climate funds to Pacific countries, including a possible Pacific regional fund for climate change.

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UNCSD Bureau Meets with UN Agency Heads [viewed]

15 November 2010: The Bureau of the Preparatory Process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also called Rio+20) met with the expanded Executive Committee of the Economic and Social Affairs (EC-ESA Plus) on 4 November 2010, in New York, US.

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UNEP Publishes Document on Implementing REDD+ [viewed]

November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre has published the latest volume of its Carbon Markets Perspectives series, titled "Pathways for Implementing REDD+: Experiences from Carbon Markets and Communities."

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UNIDO's “Making It” Magazine Focuses on LDCs' Challenges [viewed]

November 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the fourth issue of its magazine, “Making It: Industry for Development,” with the theme “On track to prosperity?” 

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Policy Update #8: The UN Climate Convention and Kyoto Protocol: Redux or Redundant? [viewed]

“I now close my career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty.” US General Douglas MacArthur

What fate awaits the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol? Will they just fade away, victims of the current diplomatic impasse on the scope and form of a future agreement? Are they doomed to become an irrelevance as key stakeholders look elsewhere for answers? Or are fears of their demise premature? Will the UNFCCC and perhaps even the Kyoto Protocol instead be restored to their former pre-Copenhagen stature, renewed and ready for the post-2012 period?

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