International Financial Institution

World Bank Finances Education for Low Carbon Development in Guyana [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2011: The World Bank approved a US$10 million loan to strengthen Guyana's science and technology tertiary education and advance its Low Carbon Development Strategy, through funding provided by the International Development Association (IDA).

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G20 Agriculture Meeting Adopts Declaration and Action Plan on Food Price Volatility [viewed]

G2023 June 2011: The first meeting of the G20 Agriculture Ministers concluded with the adoption of an Agriculture Ministerial Declaration and Action Plan on Food Price Volatility and Agriculture that supports initiatives on food production and information exchange, including the International Research Initiative for Wheat Improvement (IRIWI), the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS), and the Global Agricultural Geo-Monitoring Initiative (GAGI).

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EBRD Invests in Energy Efficient Technology in Ukraine [viewed]

EBRD20 June 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has granted a EUR 85 million loan to Air Liquide Ukraine LLC (ALU) to finance the development, construction and operation of a new Air Separation Unit (ASU) at Yenakievo Iron and Steel Works (EMZ) in South-East Ukraine.

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Adaptation Fund Board Launches Accreditation Toolkit [viewed]

Adaptation Fund16 June 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) launched a toolkit that aims to provide a practical “how-to” guide to assist countries in the accreditation process for their national implementing entity (NIE) for the Adaptation Fund.

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UNDP, GEF Introduce Energy Efficient Brick Technology in Bangladesh [viewed]

UNDP, GEF Introduce Energy Efficient Brick Technology in BangladeshJune 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have introduced an energy efficient, smokeless brick-making technology to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Bangladesh.

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UN Marks World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2011: The annual World Day to Combat Desertification was marked on 17 June 2011, with events and statements from leaders around the world. The specific focus of the Day was on forests in the drylands areas of the world, in keeping with the International Year on Forests (2011), and guided by the motto: “Forests keep drylands working.”

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IDB Supports Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects in Colombia [viewed]

IDB14 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $90 million facility to support on-lending to energy efficiency, cleaner production and renewable energy projects through Colombian financial institutions.

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MDGs Follow-up Meeting Calls for Equity-Based Approaches [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Government of Japan hosted a meeting on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Follow-up, to build upon the outcome of the UN high-level plenary meeting on the MDGs held in September 2010, and propose effective approaches to accelerate MDG progress. The meeting also discussed cross-cutting issues critical for the acceleration of MDGs, including climate change, food security and human security.

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World Bank, GEF and Others Partner to Improve Remote Sensing Observation in the Middle East [viewed]

9 June 2011: The World Bank has approved US$4.59 million in Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants, and partnered with NASA and USAID, to improve water resource and agricultural management in Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon and the Arab Water Council.

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IDB, GEF, Nature Conservancy and FEMSA Create US$27 Million Water Fund [viewed]

9 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Nature Conservancy and the FEMSA Foundation have launched a US$27 million dollar initiative to create water funds, private-public partnerships to protect critical watersheds in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and other countries.

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