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Publication: Increased Focus on Green Energy for Small Island Developing States

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments by

In a recent article, journalist Peter Richards of the Inter Press Service provides an overview of a new publication titled “Transitioning to a Green Economy-Political Economy of Approaches in Small States“. The work is part of ongoing efforts by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to foster implementation and raise awareness of green energy issues.  The 216-page [...]

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Open-Ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests Holds First Meeting

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments by

The Open-Ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG) held its first meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, from February 24th to February 28th. The group is expected to review the performance and effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF), and to propose recommendations to the United Nations Forum on Forests [...]

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IPCC Report Leads to Discussion on Food Security

Apr 08, 2014 No Comments by

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is reporting that the recent IPCC Working Group 2 report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, is making waves in the international community. International organizations such as the FAO, the World Bank, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have hosted and participated in conferences addressing [...]

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UNEP Publishes Report on the Role of REDD in Developing a Green Economy

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments by

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has recently published a report entitled Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can Support a Green Economy. The report provides insights on the role of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries) in the green economy and poverty alleviation. Green economy, as used in the report, means “an economy that results [...]

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New IPCC Working Group II Report

Apr 02, 2014 No Comments by

On March 30th, 2014, the IPCC Working Group II released its contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the IPCCC. There are a number of Working Groups for the IPCCC process, but Working Group II specifically focuses on impacts of climate change, climate change adaptation, and vulnerabilities. Their report, entitled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, [...]

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Ban Ki-Moon on World Water Day

Mar 25, 2014 No Comments by

March 22nd, 2014 was World Water Day, and to mark the occasion, the United Nations focused on how water and energy, specifically their distributions and uses, impact economic development. In his address to mark the occasion, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reminded us that, “Climate change, driven in great part by the unsustainable use of energy, will [...]

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