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Universities agree to take action on sustainability

This article was originally published on the SciDev.Net Website 0n 22 June 2012.  The UN backed Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) programme aims for educational institutes to promote research and innovation into sustainability to its students. A great idea but will it work? Educational institutions around the world have signed up to a framework for promoting teaching methods that help students acquire …

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World Bank to Boost Access to Electricity and Clean Fuels, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

The World Bank Group announced today that it will boost efforts to expand energy access, while also increasing support for renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries, responding to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. The World Bank Group provides about $8 billion a year in financing for energy projects and programs, which leverages a comparable …

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DSCE highlights recommendations of The Sustainable Arabia ‘Clean Energy’ Conference at the Rio+20 Earth Summit

Recommendations focus on sustainable development policies in the Arab world The opening preparatory session of the United Nations sustainable development Rio+20 Earth Summit commenced with its agenda on 20th June 2012, attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), who has announced that the DSCE is cooperating with the United Nations …

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Sustainable development needs innovative financing and private sector support, experts say

Innovative sources of finance and resources from the private sector are key to achieving sustainable development in Africa, African leaders and world experts said yesterday at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro. Speaking at high level panel on “Financing Sustainable Development in Africa”, African states and their partners discussed resource mobilization for sustainable …

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The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy presents the recommendations of The Sustainable Arabia: Clean Energy Conference

On May 2-3, in Dubai, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) hosted a regional policy dialogue among concerned parties from the Arab countries to prepare for the forthcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012, Rio De Janeiro . The “Sustainable Arabia: Clean Energy” conference discussed the Green Economy and how it is linked to sustainable development. …

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Polysilicon and solar industry experts encouraged to join QSTec – The hub of solar energy in the MENA region

Munich, Germany, 13 June 2012 – Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) on Wednesday urged polysilicon and solar industry experts to join the organization and help build a brand new industry of solar energy in Qatar; the solar hub for the Middle East and North Africa region. Abdulla Saif Al Mesallam, QSTec’s Chief Financial Officer was addressing an international audience from a panel session …

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Rio+20 must push past politics with achievable targets

This article was originally published on the SciDev.Net Website 16 May 2012. Some countriess are worried that signing up to Sustainable Development Goals might force restrictions on them using their natural resources or force them into spending money they don’t have.  Negotiators at Rio+20 hope to assuage these fears and reconcile development and sustainability. Officials meeting at the UN Conference on Sustainable …

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UN appoints high-level development advisory panel

The presidents of Indonesia and Liberia — Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — and the prime minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, are to co-chair a UN panel to advise on approaches to development after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015. Announcing the chairs to the UN General Assembly this week (9 May), Ban Ki-Moon, …

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Austerity vs. Growth — A False Choice, says Lagarde

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde Calls for Anchoring Stability to Sustain Higher and Better Growth. Restoring solid, sustained and balanced growth is the central economic challenge facing the world today, said Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), emphasizing the importance of well paced, country-specific credible fiscal adjustment combined with reforms aimed at increasing growth and …

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How innovation is flourishing at the grassroots

SciDev.Net reporters across the developing world describe exciting initiatives aimed at supporting innovation in local communities and remote areas. From small-scale hydro-powered electricity in Malaysia to cost-saving solar pumps in Pakistan, communities across the developing world are devising ingenious solutions to improve their livelihoods and promote sustainable development. They face many hurdles — from fostering collaboration between community members and technical experts, to acquiring …

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