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Event: Connecting for Climate: Technology, Creativity and Action [viewed]

At this event the World Bank will celebrate the winning entries in the second annual "Apps for Climate" competition. The "Apps for Climate" is a creative way to encourage innovative, cutting-edge ways to use open climate data. The event will also see the launch of the joint project between Connect4Climate and MTV called "Voices4Climate," a new global competition in search of the world's most powerful climate stories told through photos, videos, and music videos. Winning entries will be featured at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC at the end of 2012. Connect4Climate (C4C) is sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, and the Italian Ministry for the Environment. The goal of C4C is to raise awareness about climate change issues around the world, with an initial focus on Africa.  

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for City Day [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for City Day, on 22 June 2012. The event included three panel events on: local leadership driving global change; cities spurring change - tools and techniques for integrated urban planning; and a sustainable future for our children - the FRUSATO movement. A closing session addressed lessons learned and next steps following Rio+20.

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Rio Pavilion Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the Rio Conventions [viewed]

21 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Rio Conventions at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), with events on 21 June 2012. Four panel sessions addressed: the launch of the pilot partnership on national implementation of synergies among the Rio Conventions; the launch of Mozambique's Green Economy Roadmap; the importance of the three Rio Conventions for poverty eradication; and integration of environment within the development framework by the UN system.

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en.lighten Releases Global Policy Map and Country Lighting Assessments [viewed]

20 June 2012: As part of the en.lighten initiative, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released the findings of 150 country lighting assessments and a new global policy map on efficient lighting, on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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GEF Book Outlines 20 Years of "Greening" the World's Economies [viewed]

GEF20 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a publication titled “From Rio to Rio: A 20-year Journey to Green the World's Economies,” which consists of an analysis of 20 select projects that illustrate the key lessons emerging from the 20 years of work by the GEF. The publication was launched at a side event held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Highlights Progress in Gender Mainstreaming [viewed]

20 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Gender Mainstreaming Day at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). Sessions included: mainstreaming gender in the three Rio Conventions; linking research, policy and practice for gender-responsive action in forestry; political leadership and gender; and a celebration of women's leadership in sustainable development. A special event on the economics of sustainable development also took place.

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GEF Launches Review of its Effectiveness [viewed]

GEF19 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Evaluation Office has launched a book titled "The Journey to Rio: Gathering Evidence on Expectations for the GEF." Under the e-book format, the review evaluates to what extent the GEF has met the expectations expressed on the eve of the Earth Summit in 1992. 

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Rio Pavilion Hosts Financing Sustainable Development Day [viewed]

19 June 2012: On its seventh day, the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for Financing Sustainable Development Day. The event consisted of two sessions on natural capital solutions, namely: protected areas meeting global environmental challenges; and natural capital in Africa, Asia and Latin America - partnerships, policies and investments.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Focuses on Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

15 June 20120: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) focused on the theme of Ecosystem-based Adaptation. Four panels addressed: ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation; economic valuation of land (EVL); the Bonn Challenges; and coastal climate change solutions.

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Adaptation Fund Outlines Benefits of Direct Access [viewed]

Adaptation Fund11 June 2012: In an article originally published in the International Development Journal, the Adaptation Fund outlines the benefits of its "direct access" approach for developing countries and national implementing entities (NIEs) to access funds without going through international organizations.

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