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GEF Reports on Collaboration with CTCN[viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum to the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20). The document (FCCC/CP/2014/2/Add.1) details the GEF's consultations with the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and progress under the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer.

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UNESCO Launches Food, Energy, Environment and Water Network[viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) and the Australian National University (ANU) established the Food, Energy, Environment and Water Network (FE2W), which aims to bridge silos across these sectors. The network stresses the importance of these sectors for human wellbeing and environmental health.

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UNFCCC 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award Winners Announced[viewed]

The UNFCCC's Momentum for Change initiative has announced the 12 winners of the 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards, which include both “large, game-changing solutions and small, entrepreneurial efforts." Each of the 12 activities touches on one of four areas related to action: by and for the urban poor; that fosters women's leadership; that unlocks climate finance; and action that uses information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

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UNECE Workshop Examines Renewable Energy Project Classification[viewed]

In conjunction with its Sustainable Energy Week, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) organized a workshop on 'Development of a Classification for Renewable Energies.' The workshop considered ways to develop a common assessment methodology for renewable energy projects using the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009).

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UNECE Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Convenes First Session[viewed]

The Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency, a body established by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy, met for its first session in conjunction with UNECE Sustainable Energy Week. At the meeting, which was attended by over 60 experts from UNECE member States, a number of conclusions and recommendations were approved, including the Group's Work Plan for 2014-2015.

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East African Businesses Trained in Off-Grid Technologies[viewed]

Phocos AG, an off-grid power supply company and member of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), has organized a workshop on off-grid photovoltaics (PV) for East African companies. The event focused on the design and optimization of PV systems as well as on other related innovations available on the market.

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IRENA Launches REmap 2030 Country Report on China[viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published the first country report in its REmap 2030 series. Focusing on China, the study concludes that the country could expand its renewable energy consumption share of total energy from 13% to 26% by 2030, thus becoming the world's largest renewable energy user.

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SPREP, IMO Workshop Focuses on Emissions from Shipping[viewed]

A regional workshop on regulations relating to the prevention of air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping sought to encourage more Pacific island countries to ratify Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). Currently eight Pacific countries are parties to MARPOL, according to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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CIF Governing Body Confirms Funds' Mandate [viewed]

The semi-annual Climate Investment Funds (CIF) governing body meetings concluded in a unanimous commitment to the CIF mandate in the future in order to ensure continuity of climate finance and action. The meeting also emphasized the need to maintain diversity of financing options, and complementarity and coherence of CIF with other sources of climate finance.

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ADB's Energy for All Holds Business Development Workshop for Cookstoves [viewed]

The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Energy for All Program organized a business development workshop for cookstove manufacturers and distributors, which aimed to help them articulate business models and investment proposals to financing institutions. This process also helped them to understand the risks that must be addressed in order to build a sustainable business.

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