Announcement / Statement

Proposed EU MDGs Action Plan Includes Climate Financing [viewed]

21 April 2010: The European Commission put forward an action plan for the EU to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The action plan also sets out a possible EU position ahead of the UN Summit on the MDGs, scheduled to take place in September 2010, in New York, US.

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European Investment Bank to Expand Work on Climate Change [viewed]

21 April 2010: The European Commission presented a proposal on the external mandate of the European Investment Bank (EIB) until 2013, which would activate a EUR 2 billion optional mandate for projects contributing to address climate change.

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New Adaptation Fund Website Launched [viewed]

15 April 2010: The Adaptation Fund has launched a new version of its website. The website can be accessed at the same URL and features several new user-specific sections.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Public Climate Change Hearing [viewed]

14 April 10: At a public hearing on Climate Change in Brussels, Belgium, held on 14 April 2010, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, stated that the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference constituted an important event because it: raised the profile of climate change policy to the highest political level; significantly advanced the negotiations on the infrastructure needed for well-functioning, global climate change cooperation, including improvements to the Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism (CDM); and produced the Copenhagen Accord, "a clear letter of political intent to constrain carbon and respond to climate change, both in the short and in the long term."

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UNDP Holds e-Discussion on Human Development and Climate Change [viewed]

March 2010: The Asia Pacific Regional Human Development Network (AP-HDNet) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is holding an e-discussion on human development and climate change. The e-Discussion will contribute to the forthcoming Asia-Pacific Human Development Report by posing key questions from a human development stand-point.

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World Bank President: Green Growth Can Pull Millions Out of Poverty [viewed]

14 April 2009: Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, gave a lecture on "The End of the Third World? Modernizing Multilateralism for a Multipolar World," at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, in Washington DC, US. He noted that climate change policy can be linked to development and win support from developing countries for low carbon growth, "but not if it is imposed as a straitjacket."

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European Commission Adopts Proposal on Global Health [viewed]

31 March 2010: Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, is holding bilateral talks on climate change with developed and developing countries, to follow up on the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Hedegaard visited the US and Mexico in early March 2010, met with the Chinese delegation in late March in Brussels, Belgium, and will visit Maldives and India in early April.

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US and Japan Announce APEC Initiatives [viewed]

29 March 2010: Japan and the US, as hosts of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 2010 and 2011 respectively, have announced initiatives they will undertake in their work with the APEC economies, as they seek increased cooperation in the design of a new growth paradigm for the region, to promote balanced, inclusive, environmentally sustainable and knowledge-based growth.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Calls for Public Inputs [viewed]

26 March 2010: Four calls for public inputs have been launched by the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), as agreed at its 53rd meeting.

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Earth Hour Celebrated [viewed]

27 March 10: Earth Hour, a global call to action on climate change, took place on 27 March 2010, from 8:30-9:30 pm (local time).

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