Women Clearing Bombs in Cambodia

Apr 24 2017 Erik Larson (IPS): Mao Neav takes a few quick steps out into the field, followed by her faithful dog Onada, tail wagging, tongue out and panting, ready for what is out there. The field is peppered with cluster bombs. Mao Neav is the leader of a small group of bomb and mine clearers working in the Ratanakiri province of north-east Cambodia. Continue reading

Give targetted assistance to LDCs to develop renewable energy urges head of ‘southern’ NGO

17 April 2017: The LDC initiated Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development should be put into action. This new initiative, let us hope, will help improve livelihoods across the LDCs, bringing modern, clean, resilient energy systems to millions of energy-starved people, says Gauri Pradham, international coordinator of LDC Watch.  Continue reading

African Peoples to Europe: Don’t Hijack Our Renewable Energy

5 April 2017: Today almost 200 African civil society organisations issued a strong condemnation of European manipulation and compromising of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). Tensions have erupted over the actions of France and the European Commission, who are accused of risking the initiative’s African sovereignty, and of bypassing processes including social and environmental criteria to push approval of projects, to the cost of African citizens Continue reading

How successful were the millennium development goals?

John McArthur and Krista Rasmussen,  Brookings Institute, 30 March 2017: Did the United Nation’s millennium development goals (MDGs) make any difference? Perhaps no question is more important for assessing the results of global policy cooperation between 2000 and 2015. We highlight three key findings: At least 21 million extra lives were saved due to accelerated progress; some successes were more important than others; low income countries accelerated more than middle-income countries.

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Least Developed Countries falling further behind developed countries than ever

19 December 2016: Global poverty is increasingly concentrated among a group of 48 countries, which are falling further behind the rest of the world in terms of economic development, according to a United Nations report released on Tuesday by UNCTAD. The Least Developed Countries Report 2016: The Path to Graduation and Beyond – Making the Most of the Process states that a global goal to halve the size of this group will be missed unless the international community takes more action. Continue reading

Les Pays les Moins Avancés lancent l’Initiative pour l’Energie Renouvelable et l’Efficacité Energétique et rejoignent le Partenariat mondial pour une transition vers les énergies propres

MARRAKECH, 17 Nov – Aujourd’hui, le Groupe des Pays les Moins Avancés a annoncé le lancement de sa nouvelle Initiative pour l’Energie Renouvelable et l’Efficacité Energétique (IEREE) en faveur du développement durable. L’initiative est l’un des résultats clés et concrets de la conférence de Marrakech sur le climat. Continue reading

COP22: LDCs Launch Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative, Join Global Partnership to Scale Up Clean Energy Transformation

(MARRAKECH, 17 Nov) Today, the Least Developed Countries Group announced the launch of its new Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEEI) for Sustainable Development. The initiative is one of the key, concrete outcomes of the Marrakech climate conference.

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Nepal Is Showing the Way on Climate Change

nepal-climate-change Michael Northrop, Bikash Panday, Huffington Post, 19 October:  Nepal is becoming one of the leaders in the fight against climate change. For a poor country struggling with severe poverty, it is admirable how much Nepal has done to decarbonize its economy. It’s domestic electricity production is 100% hydropower-based and therefore 100% renewable. Independent power producers have responded to incentives for small and medium hydro power and have flourished thanks to the willingness of local banks to provide credit. As a result, the country’s chronic power shortages and import of coal-generated power from India are both expected to come to an end in 2018.

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Pacific LDCS – Wave energy could provide the answer to the Islands’ energy needs

wave-energy– Waves are ubiquitous in the more than 20 island states scattered across 165 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. But this year, following a ground-breaking study by oceanographic experts, they are now seen as an economically viable source of renewable energy in the region. The Pacific Community’s wave energy cost analysis report presents tangible costs of purchasing, installing, operating and maintaining wave energy devices in the region for the first time and concludes that “the costs of generating energy using waves are on par with other renewable energies, such as wind and solar.” Continue reading