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African Ministers Welcome Calls for New and Innovative Resources for Climate Change [viewed]

21 February 2010:  A meeting of the Committee of African Ministers of Finance and Planning and Governors of Central Banks (Committee of Ten) recognized the importance of pursuing a low-carbon growth path, but emphasized that the additional costs to achieve it should not be at the expense of existing under-resourced development needs.

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UN Secretary-General to the Unity Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean: “Climate Change Remains a Clear and Present Danger” [viewed]

22 February 2010: At the Unity Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean, which convened in Cancun, Mexico, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), delivered a message on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noting that climate change is a “major inter-connected challenge.”

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World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice Launches e-Bulletin [viewed]

February 2010: The World Bank Institute Climate Change (WBICC) Practice has launched its first quarterly e-Bulletin, which reports on activities in its four programmes, namely: cities and climate change; innovation in carbon finance; leadership and coalition building in climate change; and climate adaptation in water, agriculture and natural resource management.

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World Bank Launches Book on Evaluating Climate Change and Development [viewed]

18 February 2010: The InfoShop of the World Bank has launched a book titled “Evaluating Climate Change and Development,” a compilation of papers presented at the International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development, which was organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Evaluation Office and partners, in Alexandria, Egypt, in May 2008.

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Event: 2010 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum [viewed]

Participants at this Forum will seek to share lessons learned from the CIF design process and from early implementation of CIF-funded programs. The 2010 CIF Partnership Forum will be preceded by the following associated CIF meetings, both of which will convene from 15-17 March: PPCR and CTF pilot countries meeting; and CIF Trust Fund Committee meetings.  

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Event: Methane to Markets Partnership Expo [viewed]

This event is organized by the World Bank, the International Energy Agency, and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) among others. It is a forum for methane projects technology, financing and policy, and provides an opportunity to: showcase methane mitigation projects and technologies; learn about the latest methane mitigation projects and technologies; meet with potential project partners and financiers; explore key technical, financial, and policy issues; and interact with high-level government agencies from 30 countries.

 

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World Bank Holds Consultations on New Environment Strategy with Central Asia Stakeholders [viewed]

4 February 2010: The World Bank is undertaking a consultative process towards the adoption of its new corporate Environment Strategy. According to the Bank, the new Strategy will take into account a set of principles, realities and challenges faced in the implementation of environmental activities such as climate change and urbanization. As part of the consultation process, a workshop for Central Asia was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, at the World Bank office, on 4 February 2010.

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Event: Workshop on Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Timber section, in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO), will organize a workshop to discuss tariff and non-tariff trade barriers and emerging trade regulations on timber. Participants will discuss the economic impacts of trade and trade-related measures on timber markets, taking into account the link between trade liberalization and the key challenges facing the forest-based sector, including climate change.  

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Funding Available for NGOs to Participate in CIF Partnership Forum [viewed]

15 February 2010:  The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have announced that funds are available to sponsor the participation of developing country NGOs in the CIF Second Partnership Forum, which is scheduled to take place from 18-19 March 2010, in Manila, the Philippines, and which will be hosted by the Asian Development Bank.

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CIF-Pledged Funds for Forest Management and Renewable Energy Investments Reach US$700 Million [viewed]

4 February 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held meetings of its Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) sub-committee on 3 February 2010, and its Forest Investment Program (FIP) sub-committee from 3-4 February 2010, in Washington DC, US.

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