International Financial Institution

EBRD and Japan Sign MoU to Support Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

3 September 2010: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the co-financing of environmental projects, the development of carbon emission reduction instruments, and co-financing and non-sovereign financing of municipal infrastructure, in particular linked to climate-related projects.

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World Bank Distributes CFL Lightbulbs in Ethiopia [viewed]

2 September 2010: The World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) and the Ethiopian Government designed a comprehensive demand-side programme to relieve pressure from Ethiopia's electricity supply grid, including the free distribution of five million compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to consumers in exchange for their incandescent bulbs.

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ADB Launches First Clean Energy Bond [viewed]

1 September 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched its first Clean Energy Bond, targeted at Japanese retail investors, to support clean energy projects in Asia and the Pacific.

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Event: 12th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund Board was established as the operating entity of the Adaptation Fund with the mandate to supervise and manage the Adaptation Fund under the authority and guidance of the CMP. At its 12th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board will discuss several project proposals submitted for funding, and the accreditation of further implementing entities, among other matters. The Board will also engage in a dialogue with representatives from the civil society at the end of the meeting.  

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Event: WTO Public Forum 2010 [viewed]

The World Trade Organization's (WTO) Public Forum 2010 is organized under the heading "The Forces Shaping World Trade." The Forum provides an opportunity for governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academics, businesses and students to come together to discuss issues regarding the multilateral trading system. The programme features a panel on "Beyond Border Carbon Adjustment Measures: Standards, Labelling and the Issue of Emission Allowances," and another on "Key Issues in Trade, Development and Climate Change."  

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Event: GEF STAP Workshop on Approaches to Address Carbon Benefit in Implementing the SFM/REDD+ Program [viewed]

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF STAP) is organizing a workshop on Approaches to Address Carbon Benefit in the context of Multiple Global Environmental Benefits in Implementing the SFM/ REDD+ Program in GEF-5. The workshop will deliver a list of advisory products that will contribute to a toolkit for the implementation of GEF's SFM/REDD+ program.  

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World Bank Presents Hands-on Energy Adaptation Toolkit [viewed]

August 2010: The World Bank has published a Hands-on Energy Adaptation Toolkit (HEAT), in an effort to support countries in assessing their vulnerabilities and adaptation options in the energy sector.

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World Bank JI Russian Project to Eliminate Gas Flaring Approved [viewed]

12 August 2010: The World Bank's first Joint Implementation (JI) Gas Recovery Project in the Komsomolskoye Oil Field was approved by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

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Event: Japan-CARICOM Public Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity [viewed]

This public symposium is co-organized by the UN University (UNU), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It will be held back-to-back with the second Japan-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministerial-level conference and will bring together the foreign ministers of the 15 CARICOM member countries. The ministers will be joined by Japanese academics and experts to discuss the threats from climate change faced by CARICOM countries, in particular those that are small island States. These include more frequent and intense hurricanes, subsequent flooding and erosion, and rising sea level. The symposium will also explore further cooperation between CARICOM and Japan.  

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World Bank Issues Statement on Adaptation Fund [viewed]

17 August 2010: In response to news articles regarding the Climate Change Adaptation Fund, the World Bank has issued a statement clarifying its functioning.

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