Intergovernmental Organization

Event: Second Training Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa [viewed]

This is the second of two events organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), with the support of the European Commission, to follow up on priorities identified during launch workshops for the African Soil Partnership held in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya in 2013. One of the common gaps identified during the workshops was the need to improve the availability of updated soil data and information for supporting decision taking in relation to soil management. Capacity development in this area was therefore identified as a priority in the region. This event is being organized as part of the International Year of Soils 2015.  

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IRENA Launches Online Knowledge Hub 'REsource' [viewed]

irenaa5.119 January 2015: REsource, a free, online information hub launched by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), allows users to easily access the latest renewable energy statistics, country-specific data and market information. IRENA has designed REsource with functions for customizing graphs and tables, comparing renewables use and deployment metrics across countries, and monitoring and analyzing trends.

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Al Gore Receives ZFEP Lifetime Achievement Award [viewed]

Zayed Future19 January 2015: Former US Vice President Al Gore has received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) for his “personal and political commitment to raise international awareness about the dangers of climate change, while reinforcing optimism that the global community can and will successfully tackle the challenge.” His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, presented Gore with the award during a ceremony held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015.

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IRENA Assembly Re-Appoints Director-General, Highlights Growing Role of Renewables [viewed]

irenna518 January 2015: During the fifth meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly, over 1,000 representatives from 150 countries and 115 international organizations discussed ways to accelerate the growth of renewable energy, considering in particular such challenges as energy security, climate change and the future financing of the organization. The Assembly also re-appointed Adnan Amin as Director-General of IRENA.

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Stakeholders Address Preparatory Forum on Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

NGLS16 January 2015: In advance of the launch of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), in cooperation with a Stakeholder Steering Committee, held a preparatory forum for major groups and other civil society stakeholders.

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UNEP Assesses Benefits of Transitioning to Sustainable Off-Grid Lighting in West Africa [viewed]

unep-ecree14 January 2015: A set of three studies released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) examines the off-grid lighting sector in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), focusing on the impact of energy subsidies, health and safety implications, and job creation potential in the sector. The studies find transitioning from the status quo to efficient lighting from renewable sources will have positive effects on health and livelihoods in the region.

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CCAFS, CTA Demonstrate Value of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa [viewed]

CGIAR CCAFS15 January 2015: The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) released a book highlighting climate-smart agricultural practices across Africa, based on eight case studies. The book intends to increase awareness of, and support for, agricultural approaches that improve livelihoods and enhance food security while contributing to climate change mitigation.

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BETTER Assesses Renewable Energy Cooperation between Europe and North Africa [viewed]

better8 January 2015: The ‘Bringing Europe and Third Countries Closer Together through Renewable Energies' (BETTER) project has published an assessment of opportunities and barriers to renewable energy deployment in North Africa. The fourth BETTER policy brief concludes that concentrated solar power (CSP) high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) links between North Africa to Europe could become an important element of European power supply owing to their flexibility.

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IOM, Sciences Po Assess Migration, Environment and Climate Change Nexus [viewed]

iomlogo5 January 2015: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Paris Institute for Political Science (Sciences Po) have jointly published a report, titled ‘The State of Environmental Migration 2014: A Review of 2013,' which aims to enhance the understanding of links between natural disasters, including sudden natural onset events and slow onset events, and human mobility. The report seeks to raise awareness on the effects of climate change on the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.

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IRENA, Partners Launch New Version of Global Atlas for Renewable Energy [viewed]

IRENAJanuary 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and partners have released the second edition of the 'Global Atlas on Renewable Energy,' which includes maps for a number of renewable energy resources, and new functions and tools. The Atlas initiative aims to provide access for countries to the necessary datasets, expertise and financial support to evaluate their renewable energy potential.

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