International Financial Institution

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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IFC Presents Climate Risk Assessment Pilot Studies [viewed]

November 2010: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) published a report titled "Climate Risk and Business: Practical Methods for Assessing Risk," which aims to better understand gaps and barriers to climate risk analysis, test and develop risk evaluation methodologies, and identify possible adaptation responses and needs of the private sector.

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SPREP and UNDP Convene Pacific Adaptation Meeting on Operational and Financial Requirements [viewed]

27 October 2010: The South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) organized a Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Regional Meeting on Operational and Financial Requirements from 4-8 October 2010 in Apia, Samoa. The meeting addressed operational and financial planning and reporting requirements in the framework of the regional project “Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change” (PACC).

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FCPF, FIP and UN-REDD to Streamline REDD+ Action [viewed]

6 November 2010: The governing bodies of the UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and Forest Investment Program (FIP) met in Washington DC, US, on 6 November, to discuss collaborative approaches for the three initiatives in implementing REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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