ADB and USAID have jointly organized the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) since 2006, with the aim of sharing best practices in policy, technology, and finance to meet the region's climate and energy security challenges. More than 830 people from 55 countries attended the 2012 Forum, which was comprised of 32 sessions and 9 side events.
In 2013, ACEF will take a fresh new approach to improve the effectiveness and outcomes of the week’s discussions. Unlike previous years, the 2013 ACEF will incorporate many of the previous side events into the main body of the Forum. This will allow for a more focused and condensed set of discussions on each of six key thematic areas: policy, finance, energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy access, and emerging technologies.
As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, CIFOR is organizing with its partners a two-day policy and science conference entitled "Sustainable forest management in Central Africa: Yesterday, today and tomorrow." Bringing together the region's leading policy makers, donors, media, researchers and forest experts, the conference will provide a forum for open discussion of the most critical issues and challenges facing the sustainable management of Central Africa's forests, the biodiversity they embrace and the people who depend on them.
The 11th SAARC Summit conference rescheduled to begin tomorrow in Kathmandu, the capital of the kingdom of Nepal, is expected to give high priority to the conservation of environment—a factor which is a key of poverty alleviation, sustainable development and ecological balance in the South Asia region. Now the responsibility of grappling with environmental degradation and terrorism, the two formidable challenges in recent days has to be shouldered by SAARC, a regional forum established to foster fraternity and mutual co-operation vis-à-vis a spirit of regional block in a bid to accelerate the pace of economic development in the entire region.