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Soitec to Provide Green Energy to Durban Climate Change Conference

Bernin, France – Soitec (Euronext), a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries, has built a concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power plant next to Durban, South Africa, as the flagship project for the 17th annual Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, being held from November 28 to December 9. The 500 kW solar-energy facility, which will power the COP17 global gathering, will be officially inaugurated by South African President Dr. Jacob. G. Zuma on December 4.

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Durban Update: Africa Expects Deal on Agriculture at COP17

Pretoria – African negotiators at the upcoming COP17 in Durban should push for a binding and responsible climate deal on agriculture.

Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) CEO, Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda, said African negotiators should make it their priority to secure a deal that will promote food security for climate change, not to wreak havoc any further in the African continent.

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Christina Figures Urges Governments to Maintain Momentum at Bangkok to Keep Cancún Commitments

Mexico City – Less than two weeks ahead of the UN Climate Change Change Conference in Bangkok (3-8 April 2011), the UN’s top climate change official has called on governments to maintain momentum to ensure that the timelines agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún in December of 2010 are met.

“The world was at a crossroads in Cancún – and took a step forward towards a climate-safe world,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.

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Transform Cancun Agreements into Action, Urges Christiana Figueres

Tokyo – Speaking to media Tuesday on a visit to Japan, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on governments to quickly transform the Cancún Agreements, agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Mexico in December of last year, into tangible action on the ground, and provide clarity on the future of the Kyoto Protocol.

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Cancun Agreements Raise Expectations for COP17 in South Africa Next Year

Cancun, Mexico – Last-minute agreements at the just-ended Cancun UN Climate Change Conference have been greeted with enthusiasm by negotiators and participants who now see a real possibility for some kind of a legally binding instrument being adopted in Durban, South Africa next year, according to the Information and Communication Service (ICS) of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Citing key aspects of the agreements arrived at in the Mexican sea-side resort, ICS reports that after the post-Copenhagen pessimism, the mood among negotiators and participants was generally upbeat, heightening expectations for the next conference, COP17, billed . . . → Read More: Cancun Agreements Raise Expectations for COP17 in South Africa Next Year

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