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Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings

To increase the adoption of energy-efficient investments and behaviors in buildings, public policies are necessary to eliminate barriers that discourage stakeholders from pursuing energy efficiency. The report aims to help policymakers wishing to initiate or develop policies promoting energymore

Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods, Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience

This document is a synthesis of lessons learnt, experiences and good practices drawn from case studies in six countries implementing the Integrated Drylands Development Programme.These countries include Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia and Tunisia.   Widespread views of drylands asmore

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Promotion of Wind Energy: Lessons Learned from UNDP-GEF Projects

The report provides a review of the active UNDP-GEF wind energy portfolio. It looks at the design, costs and efficiency of existing projects, drawing on the experience of 14 wind energy projects that have been financed through UNDP to help national governments implement wind energy public policies. more

Reclaiming the Land, Sustaining Livelihoods - Lessons for the Future 2004

The brochure, part of UNDP/GEF's "Lessons for the Future" series, highlights examples of activities to combat land degradation. It focuses on "cross-cutting projects" that address land degradation but were primarily designed to deal with other environmental problems, andmore

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Reducing Rural Poverty through Increased Access to Energy Services: MPP in Mali

The report reviews experiences of the Multifunctional Platform Project in Mali and documents how modern energy services affect people's lives in terms of income, education, and rural women's status and health. It presents analytical insights into key factors affecting the relationship betweenmore

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SEFA Advocacy PowerPoint Presentation

These materials can be used for advocacy and outreach and serve as background information on the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. more

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Sealing an equitable deal in Copenhagen and beyond

This brochure calls for an equitable post-2012 climate change deal that addresses climate change and poverty reduction concerns in an integrated manner. It underlines the opportunity for collaboration on practical solutions to support the poorest countries out of poverty through low-emission routesmore

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Second African Drought Risk and Development Forum Report

The Second Forum on African Drought Risk and Development (ADDF2) was held in Nairobi in October 2006. The Forum focused on the Greater Horn of Africa, following a drought that triggered a food crisis in that region. The report outlines key messages and recommendations for practitioners and policymore

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Smoke in the Kitchen: Health Impacts of Indoor Air Pollution

This is the executive summary of a seminar hosted by UNDP with support from ITDG, USEPA, and WTO. The aim of the seminar was to raise awareness among country governments and UN agencies on the health impacts of indoor air pollution from household energy use, and to promote global action to reducemore

Fast Facts - Universal Energy Access

Universal access to modern energy services is achievable by 2030. There are no fundamental technical barriers, and proven and innovative solutions exist. The capital investment required for universal energy access represents only around 3 per cent of the total global energy investment. Governments must make universal energy access a top political priority. Practical, effective and large-scale actions are needed to invest in capacity development, mobilize public-private partnerships and massively scale up successful and innovative solutions to overcome extreme energy poverty.