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European Commission Funds Drought Resilience in the Greater Horn of Africa [viewed]

23 June 2010: The European Commission has adopted a €20 million humanitarian financial package to support 12 million people affected by drought in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda in developing resilience to drought and adapting to climate change.

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EU-ACP Review Contonou Agreement, Adopt Joint Declaration on Climate Change [viewed]

22 June 2010: During the 35th Session of the Joint Council of the EU-African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, held on 21-22 June 2010 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the EU and ACP countries signed the second five-year revision of the Cotonou Agreement. The EU and ACP countries also adopted joint declarations on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and climate change.

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EU-US Conclude Memorandum on Civil Aviation Research and Development [viewed]

18 June 2010: The European Commission and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have concluded negotiations for the establishment of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in civil aviation research and development.

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Meeting of LDCs and AOSIS Climate Negotiators to be Convened [viewed]

15 June 2010: The EU has provided US$1.1 million to the Solomon Islands Government to host an international meeting of 200 climate change negotiators from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to discuss key climate change issues ahead of the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010.

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World Bank Supports Turkey's National Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

15 June 2010: The World Bank approved a US$700 million equivalent loan to promote private sector clean technology investments and operations and integrate principles of environmental sustainability, including climate change considerations in key sectoral policies and programmes in Turkey.

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IRENA Statute to Enter Into Force on 8 July 2010 [viewed]

11 June 2010: As of 8 June 2010, 25 countries had ratified the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Statute. IRENA's Statute enters into force one month after the 25th Signatory has ratified the Statute and deposited its instrument of ratification with the Depository. Accordingly, IRENA will become a fully-fledged international organisation on 8 July 2010.

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EU Position Agreed Ahead of MDGs High-Level Event [viewed]

14 June 2010: The Foreign Affairs Council of the EU, which met in Luxembourg on 14 June 2010, has agreed on the EU position on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the UN General Assembly High-Level Plenary Meeting scheduled to take place in New York, US, in September 2010. The position includes references to climate change and climate finance.

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EU Environment Ministers Address Water Scarcity, Drought, Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

11 June 2010: The Environment Council of the EU, which met on 11 June 2010, in Luxembourg, adopted conclusions on water scarcity, drought and adaptation to climate change, as well as on preparing forests for climate change.

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EIB, European Commission to Explore Joint Climate Finance [viewed]

14 June 2010: European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and European Investment Bank (EIB) President Philippe Maystadt have agreed to explore a joint climate finance initiative for developing countries, combining European Commission and member States' grants with financing from the EIB and other European financial institutions to meet adaptation and mitigation challenges.

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EU Environment Ministers Postpone Decision on 30% Emission Reduction [viewed]

11 June 2010: The Environment Council of the EU met on 11 June 2010, in Luxembourg to discuss the Communication released by the European Commission on the impact of increasing the present emission reduction commitment from 20% to 30% by 2020, with respect to 1990 levels.

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