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TckTckTck and Climate Nexus Launch Rio+20 Video Speech Contest [viewed]

7 March 2012: The TckTckTck campaign and Climate Nexus have launched a "Win A Date With History" online video speech contest, encouraging young people to submit short video speeches containing ideas for decisive action on sustainability. The winner will deliver their speech at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in June 2012.

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IFC Supports Waste-to-Energy Plant Development in China [viewed]

5 March 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has subscribed US$4.9 million in warrants to support renewable energy development, in particular waste-to-energy projects, in China.

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ITU Announces Winners of Green ICT Challenge [viewed]

6 March 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Spanish company Telefonica have announced the winners of the Second Green Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Hackathon, where developers from all over the world competed to propose and develop a “Sustainable Energy for All” ICT application. The first prize went to a community bicycle application.

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UN/ISDR Launches Consultations on Post-Hyogo Framework for DRR [viewed]

5 March 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that it has initiated consultations on a disaster risk reduction (DRR) blueprint to succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities, in advance of the 2015 World Conference on Disaster Reduction, which the Japanese Government is proposing to host.   

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World Bank Supports the Strengthening of Mexico's Social Resilience [viewed]

World Bank1 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$300.75 million loan to strengthen Mexico's social resilience to extreme situations, in particular those caused by climate change. The development policy loan promotes state-level climate change action planning, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and the implementation of land development activities, especially at the municipal level, as well as community-level sustainable forest management (SFM). This is the first World Bank programme that focuses on reducing the social impact from climate change effects.

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TNA Project Organizes Capacity Building Workshop on Technology Action Plans in Africa [viewed]

17 February 2012: The Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Project, which is implemented by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP Risoe Centre (URC) on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, held the second Regional Capacity Building Workshop in Africa, under the theme “Barrier Analysis, Enabling Environment, and Development of Technology Actions Plans.” 

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SPC, FFPRI to Cooperate on Forestry Research [viewed]

29 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) of Japan. SPC and FFPRI will conduct collaborative research activities (CRAs) to identify and provide solutions to issues of tree breeding and stand improvement in coastal areas.  

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World Bank Institute Trains South-East European Professionals in Energy Efficiency [viewed]

28 February 2012: The World Bank Institute (WBI) has organized courses aimed to educate architects, constructors and energy auditors on improving energy efficiency in South-East Europe to mitigate the effects of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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IFC Invests in Hydropower and Gas Company in Indonesia [viewed]

24 February 2012: The IFC (International Finance Corporation), a member of the World Bank Group, acquired 11% of an independent hydroelectric sources and gas producer in Indonesia, as a means to provide cleaner electricity to over 2 million people in Indonesia by 2016.

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UN/ISDR Announces Morocco's DRR Platform Roadmap [viewed]

28 February 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Morocco is to develop a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) to support policies for building resilience to disasters. A roadmap for creating Morocco's National Platform was developed at an intra-ministerial meeting in early February.

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