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GEF Council Approves Major Reforms in New Funding Cycle [viewed]

2 July 2010: The 38th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council took place in Washington DC, US, from 29 June-1 July 2010, and approved major reforms aimed at helping developing countries to meet international environmental challenges, including those related to climate change and biodiversity.

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PROFOR's June Newsletter Highlights REDD-related Activities [viewed]

June 2010: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) of the World Bank has released its latest newsletter, highlighting PROFOR's recent activities relating to forests and climate change.

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World Bank Supports Energy Access Project in Ethiopia [viewed]

29 June 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved an Interational Development Assistance (IDA) credit of US$180 million equivalent for a project aimed at establishing a sustainable programme for expanding access to electricity and improving the quality and adequacy of the electricity supply in Ethiopia.

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World Bank Approves Electricity Efficiency Project in Ghana [viewed]

29 June 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved an International Development Assistance (IDA) credit of US$70 million equivalent for a project in Ghana aimed at improving the operational efficiency of the electricity distribution system and increasing the population's access to electricity.

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World Bank Supports Adaptation in the Philippines [viewed]

29 June 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a pilot project in the Philippines, called the Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP), which is designed to enable targeted rural communities to cope with the impact of climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Experts Report on Non-Annex I National Communications [viewed]

June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.2) of the first meeting of the reconstituted Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE), which took place in Bonn, Germany, from 29- 31 March 2010.

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G-20 Toronto Summit Addresses Energy Subsidies, Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

27 June 2010: The first Summit of the G-20 in its capacity as the premier forum for international economic cooperation convened in Toronto, Canada, on 26-27 June 2010. The Summit concluded with the adoption of a final Declaration that, among other issues, addresses development and environmental issues, including climate change and energy.

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World Bank Appoints Special Envoy for Climate Change [viewed]

25 June 2010: Robert Zoellick, World Bank President, announced the appointment of Andrew Steer as Special Envoy for Climate Change, a new position created for focused leadership and representation of the World Bank in the international climate change discussions.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Project Concepts for Financing [viewed]

24 June 2010: The Adaptation Fund Board approved the first four proposals of concrete adaptation projects at its tenth meeting held in Bonn, Germany, from 14-16 June 2010.

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CIF Strategic Climate Fund Holds Program Meetings [viewed]

24 June 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Sub-Committee meetings took place from 22-24 June 2010, in Washington DC, US. These included meetings of the following target programs of the CIF Strategic Climate Fund (SCF): the Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP); the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR); and the Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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