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ESCAP Launches 70-Year Review of Social, Economic Development[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched a 70-year review of social and economic development in the region, on the sidelines of its 70th session in Bangkok, Thailand. ‘Asia and the Pacific: A Story of Transformation and Resurgence' is a "survey of surveys" that traces the story of development in the region, based on ESCAP's annual Economic and Social Surveys since 1947, when the Commission was known as the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE).

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CEM Workshop Focuses on Energy Efficiency, Demand Response in India[viewed]

A workshop held under the auspices of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) brought together air conditioning (AC) manufacturers, providers of demand response technologies, and regulatory experts, to consider how India can best employ energy efficiency and demand response to meet the challenges of rising electricity demand, especially as AC unit sales and usage skyrocket in the country.

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FS-UNEP Highlights Climate Finance Projects and Training[viewed]

The Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has published its sixth newsletter, which highlights, inter alia, work the Centre has carried out to increase the resilience of microfinance institutions (MFIs), to shift finance toward climate-friendly investments and to equip professionals to become climate and renewable energy finance experts.

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Citi Research Predicts Bright Future for Solar[viewed]

Looking at the evolution of energy industry trends through 2020, a report by Citi Research forecasts an “increasingly bright” outlook for global solar power, driven by economics and a diversification imperative. Overall, the report describes the energy industry as “going through a period of extreme flux” with “no sign of abating.”

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Event: Fostering Transatlantic Growth of Marine Renewables: United States - Portugal[viewed]

The Annual Seminar and International Business-to-Business (B2B) Meetings of WavEC - Offshore Renewables will be organized from 9-10 October 2014, in collaboration with the US Embassy and American Chamber of Commerce in Portugal, and under the patronage of the President of Portugal.

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World Bank, IMF Publish Guidelines for Natural Resource Administration[viewed]

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have jointly published a guide on the effective administration of public revenues from oil, gas, coal, minerals, and other non-renewable natural resources. The publication, titled ‘Administering Fiscal Regimes for Extractive Industries: A Handbook,' offers policymakers in developing and emerging market countries guidelines to, inter alia, address growing calls for transparency and accountability in the sector.

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2014 World Water Week Report Recommends Increased Collaboration Among Water, Energy Communities[viewed]

Tighter links and collaboration among the water and energy communities are necessary to meet higher demands for water and energy, achieve sustainable economic development and eradicate extreme poverty, according to a report published by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) in advance of the 2014 World Water Week. The 2014 World Water Week report, ‘Energy and Water: The Vital Link for a Sustainable Future,' discusses key challenges and opportunities facing the energy and water communities and aims to provide a “take-off point” for increased collaboration among the two communities.

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Event: Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit[viewed]

Organized under the theme 'Accelerating Resilient Growth and Development,' the Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit will address a variety of bilateral issues related to energy efficiency, security, access and technology, including multi-stakeholder discussions on new collaborations in the areas of: renewable energy; green buildings and sustainable cities; decentralized energy access; shale gas; and climate change.

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Event: Seminar on Earth Observations in Support of Sustainable Water Management[viewed]

Organized as part of the 2014 World Water Week of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this seminar will present a collaborative programme to support the use of Earth Observation (EO) for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Capacity Development in Sustainable Water Management network (Cap-Net) and the European Space Agency's (ESA) TIGER initiative.

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First US-Africa Summit Addresses Energy, Food Security[viewed]

The US-Africa Summit, which brought together more than 50 Heads of State from Africa with US President, Barack Obama, addressed, inter alia: promoting inclusive sustainable development; expanding trade and investment ties; engaging young African leaders; and expanding cooperation on peace and security. The Summit also featured sessions on resilience and food security in a changing climate and combatting wildlife trafficking.

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