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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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African Union and European Commissions Dialogue on Climate Policy [viewed]

8 June 2010: The fourth College-to-College Meeting between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Commission (EC) was held on 8 June 2010, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the implementation of the Africa/EU Joint Strategy and its Plan of Action and address common challenges facing the two Commissions. The meeting adopted a Joint Declaration, containing a section on dialogue on climate policy.

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UN-EU Partnership 2009 Results Published [viewed]

June 2010: The UN team in Brussels has released the fifth annual report on the achievements of its partnership with the EU in 2009, titled "Improving Lives."

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EU Scientific Board on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Holds First Meeting [viewed]

10 June 2010: The first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board for the EU Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change convened in Paris, France, on 10 June 2010, to prepare a European-level work programme to coordinate nationally-funded research aimed at securing a safe and sustainable food supply.

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