World Bank Announces Adaptation Programme for Glacier Retreat in the Andes [viewed]

29 May 2008: The World Bank announced a new

programme to address the impact of tropical glacier retreat in Bolivia, Peru, and

Ecuador. During the project launch in Lima, Peru, Carlos Felipe Jaramillo,

World Bank director for Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela noted that “Climate

change will heavily impact Andean countries' economies, particularly the poor.

Adapting to climate change is crucial given the severe and irreversible effects

it will have on the region.”

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India–UNIDO Programme of Cooperation to Boost Competitiveness of Indian Industries [viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the government of India recently signed a US$42 million agreement under the UNIDO Country Programme of Technical Cooperation in India 2008-2012.

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‘Billion Tree Campaign' Blossoms to Seven Times its Size [viewed]

Btc13 May 2008: The UN's “Billion Tree Campaign,” a grassroots campaign to plant trees around the globe, recently announced it has raised its target from one billion to seven billion trees. The campaign was launched in 2006 by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as a response to the threat of global warming and other sustainability challenges related to biodiversity loss and water supply.   Since its launch, the campaign has resulted in the planting of two billion trees, over half of which have been planted in African countries.

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Business-Environment Summit Considers Climate Change [viewed]

23 April 2008: The Global Business for the Environment Summit, jointly organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Global Compact, discussed business-driven solutions for mitigating and adapting to climate change. During the 22-23 April 2008 event in Singapore, UNEP announced that ten new participants had joined the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net). Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director said CN Net was "a small but growing band of countries, cities and corporations [who] are making the clear and explicit statement that aspiring to low – even zero – emission economies is not some unobtainable pipe-dream but a path to profitability, stability and sanity in an increasingly unstable world.

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UNDP Launches Adaptation Learning Mechanism [viewed]

AlmThe UN Development Programme's Adaptation Team has launched “Country Adaptation Profiles,” which are available for over 140 countries and provide two key services: linking climate change risks to national development priorities; and sharing up-to-date information on climate change adaptation, including ongoing efforts, science and assessments.

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UNDP Begins Implementing GEF Community-Based Adaptation Project [viewed]

Undp_logo2008: In accordance with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Strategic Priority on Adaptation, which aims to build up the resilience of small communities vis-à-vis climate change impacts, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has begun implementing the GEF-funded Community-Based Adaptation Project.

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Switzerland Publishes First Report of the “National Climate Observing System (GCOS Switzerland)” [viewed]

Swiss_global_climate_observing_systThe Swiss Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Office has compiled the first inventory of the country's long-term climate data.

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GEF and UNDP Support Biomass Gasifier Plant in India [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF)/UNDP, India Canada Environment Facility (ICEF), and the Government of Karnataka, India, are supporting a biomass gasifier plant, which uses carbon neutral biomass to produce electricity for rural villages.

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ISO to Develop an Energy Management Standard [viewed]

Iso_2The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has launched a project to develop an international standard for energy management, following the successful examples of the ISO 9000 series on quality management and the ISO 14000 series on environmental management.

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MDG Carbon Facility Set to Launch First Projects [viewed]

Undp_logoThe UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an agreement with financial services group Fortis to launch the first projects of the MDG Carbon Facility.

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