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UNECE, EDB Conclude MoU [viewed]

30 November 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to re-confirm their commitment to cooperate in promoting regional economic integration and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Eurasian region.

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EU Announces Climate Change Windows for Regional Funding [viewed]

29 November 2010: The EU has announced specific climate change "windows" in all EU regional investment facilities, to enable tracking of all climate change-related projects funded by the EU, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and other European Finance Institutions, encompassing both public and private investments in the areas of transport, energy, environment, water, sanitation and forests.

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UNEP and GEF Release Results of Country Lighting Assessments [viewed]

1 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has released the results of Country Lighting Assessments for over 100 countries. The Assessments, part of the en.lighten Initiative, were released on the sidelines of the Cancun Climate Change Conference.

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World Bank and UNDP Launch Climate Finance Options Database [viewed]

30 November 2010: The World Bank and UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a Climate Finance Options platform, which allows users to track climate-change related finance by region, focus area, sector or financing mechanism.

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GEF Endorses Projects on Biodiversity, Climate Change, International Waters and POPs [viewed]

November 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) gave a final green light to a series of full-sized projects during the month of November, which allows their final approval by implementing agencies to commence activities, including on: biodiversity conservation in Venezuela, Lao PDR and Ecuador; climate change in Chile; and removal of HCFCs in the Russian Federation.

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Third South-South Expo Focuses on Capacity in Research and Technology Development [viewed]

26 November 2010: The Third Annual Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) took place from 22-26 November 2010, at International Labour Organization (ILO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and showcased over 100 partnerships and solutions to poverty challenges that have been developed by developing countries themselves.

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World Bank Special Envoy for Climate Change Says Developing Countries are Taking Action on Climate Change [viewed]

26 November 2010: Andrew Steer, the World Bank's Special Envoy for Climate Change, emphasized ahead of the Climate Change meetings in Cancun, that "developing countries urgently need a global deal on climate change but they're not waiting for it."

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Marshall Islands Prepare National Climate Change Framework Policy [viewed]

23 November 2010: The Marshall Islands are preparing a national climate change framework policy (NCCFP) to provide a blueprint to build resilience to climate change, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Climate Change Programme, the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change project of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Pacific Adaptation Strategies Assistance Programme and the Pacific Islands Applied Geosciences Commission.

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GEF STAP Publishes Transport Projects Manual [viewed]

November 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) has published a "Manual for Calculating Greenhouse Gas Benefits from GEF Transportation Projects."

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World Bank Approves Environmental Projects in Mexico Ahead of COP 16 [viewed]

23 November 2010:  The World Bank has approved a package of three initiatives totaling US$713.24 million to bolster Mexico's efforts to "green" its economy. The initiatives focus on climate change public policies, efficient lighting and appliances, and adaptation.

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