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  • Addressing Agriculture in Climate Change Negotiations: A Scoping Report

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    Thursday, January 6, 2011
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    The report is intended to provide context and analysis for addressing agriculture in international climate negotiations, with the aim of helping to inform climate negotiators and other stakeholders by identifying options and unpacking issues of interest, and not to express opinions or be prescriptive in any way. The report will focus on agricultural production and food security, early action opportunities, trade, finance, technology transfer and capacity building and performance and benefits measurement.

  • The Contribution of Biofuels to the Sustainability of Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Elements for Formulating Public Policy

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    Saturday, January 12, 2008
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    This report examines the other considerations that policymakers should take into account when making biofuels-friendly policies. These considerations include an analysis of the overall environmental impact of biofuels, poverty-reduction measures, labor market conditions and implications for agriculture and food security issues.

  • Technology and Innovation Report 2011: Powering Development with Renewable Energy Technologies

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    Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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    The UNCTAD Technology and Innovation Report 2011 focuses on the important role of renewable energy technologies in responding to the dual challenge of reducing energy poverty while mitigating climate change. This is particularly timely as the global community prepares for the Rio+20 Conference next year. The Report identifies key capacity issues for developing countries and proposes concrete recommendations for the wider use of renewable energy technologies to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction.

  • Status of Glaciers in the Indus Basin

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    Sunday, January 1, 2012
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    The Hindu Kush Himalayan region encompasses an area of 4.2 million km2 of hills and mountains in the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. With its vast expanses of snow and ice, the region it is known as the water tower of Asia, which is being significantly affected by climate change. The meltwater from Himalayan snow and ice feeds 10 large river systems of South Asia: the Amu Darya, Brahmaputra, Ganges, Indus, Irrawaddy, Mekong, Salween, Tarim, Yangtze and Yellow Rivers.

  • SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework

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    Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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    This report is the first of a series to monitor progress towards the three objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. It puts numbers to each objective, identifies what needs to change and outlines how progress can be made.

  • Revealed: The Himalayan Meltdown

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    Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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    This 45-minute documentary film examines the human development impact of the glacial ice melt on communities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal. It shows the plight of the affected countries and the ways they are adapting, adjusting and preparing for inevitable changes in the Himalayan glaciers. It features innovative fog-catching in Nepal, man-made glaciers in India, views of life in the changing plateaus of China and pioneering UNDP climate change adaptation projects in Bhutan and Bangladesh.

  • Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2012: An Overview

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    Tuesday, January 1, 2013
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    This report provides the most current, comprehensive analysis of the costs and performance of renewable power generation technologies available today. The results are largely based on new, original analysis of around 8,000 medium- to large-scale commissioned or proposed renewable power generation projects from a range of data sources. The analysis provides simple, clear metrics based on the latest reliable information, thereby helping to inform the current debate on renewable power generation and to assist governments and private sector investors in their decision-making.

  • Renewable Energy Technologies Cost Analysis Series: Hydropower

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    Friday, January 6, 2012
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    Renewable energy technologies can help countries meet their policy goals for secure, reliable and affordable energy to expand electricity access and promote development. This paper on hydropower is part of a series on the cost and performance of renewable energy technologies produced by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The goal of these papers is to assist government decision-making and ensure that governments have access to up-to-date and reliable information on the costs and performance of renewable energy technologies.

  • Rainfall Shocks, Food Prices Vulnerability and Food Security: Evidence for Sub-Saharan African Countries

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    Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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    This conference paper explores food market vulnerability and security as related to rainfall shocks across Sub-Saharan Africa by applying econometric methods across a wide range of developed and developing countries. The paper is focused on methods of improving access to affordable food supplies for developing countries during times of dire need.

  • Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility

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    Tuesday, January 1, 2013
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    This report highlights city transportation challenges, with a particular focus on developing countries, and showcases specific city examples to illustrate how to address such challenges. The report also discusses equitable access to urban mobility and transport poverty as well as economic, environmental, institutional and governance and social dimensions of mobility and transport.

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