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CBD Secretariat Circulates Presentations from the Ecosystems Pavilion [viewed]

November 2010: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated information, including links to presentations, videos and photos, from the inaugural "Rio Conventions' Ecosystems and Climate Change Pavilion," held from 18-28 October 2010 on the margins of the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the CBD in Nagoya, Japan.

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IDB and JBIC Sign MOU on Climate Cooperation in Latin America [viewed]

12 November 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation in projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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IDB Funds CARICOM Sustainable Energy Roadmap [viewed]

11 November 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has formalized a US$400,000 grant to pave the way for the preparation of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS).

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CIF Meetings Approve Funding for Climate Resilience in Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger [viewed]

11 November 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) will provide US$50 million grants to the Governments of Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger to pilot climate resilience strategies and integrate climate risk into their economic plans.

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UN, World Bank Launch Report on the Economics of Disaster Prevention [viewed]

11 November 2010: The World Bank and the UN have released a joint report titled "Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention," which analyzes disasters from an economics perspective.

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WTO Trade and Environment Committees Discuss Environmental Goods, Ecolabels and Transport [viewed]

9 November 2010: Three recent meetings on trade and environment held at World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters have continued existing discussions on: the relationship between multilateral agreements and the WTO; the definition of environmental goods and ecolabels; and the challenges of controlling transport emissions from a trade perspective.

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UNECE Announces Creation of Belarus International Energy Center [viewed]

8 November 2010: According to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Weekly newsletter for the period 8-12 November 2010, an International Energy Center was inaugurated in Minsk, Belarus, on 29 October 2010, to attract domestic and foreign investment in long-term projects improving the efficiency of energy production and consumption in Belarus.

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UNFCCC Publishes Information on GEF Support for Non-Annex I National Communications [viewed]

9 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published information in an annex to (FCCC/CP/2010/5/Add.1) on financial support provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the preparation of national communications from parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.10).

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UNEP Launches en.lighten Initiative Website [viewed]

5 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a new website for the en.lighten initiative, which was created in 2009 as a partnership between UNEP, OSRAM GmbH and Philips Lighting, with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Earth Fund.

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SPREP Launches Online Helpdesk for Climate Adaptation [viewed]

5 November 2010: The South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched a new online helpdesk as part of its support to the regional project “Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change” (PACC).

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