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ADB Invests in Hydro and Wind Power in India [viewed]

ADB1 May 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) made a US$30 million equity investment in NSL Renewable Power Private Ltd. (NRPPL) for the construction of hydropower and wind power projects designed to generate 530 gigawatt-hours of electricity in India. The projects are expected to decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 400,000 tons per annum after 2017.

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Experts Assess Biofuels Screening Toolkit at UNIDO Biofuels Conference [viewed]

UNIDO7 May 2013: Participants at the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Biofuels Conference have assessed the Biofuels Screening Toolkit, which was developed to help ensure the sustainability of biofuels production, in recognition of the potential negative effects of biofuels production on the environment and on food security.

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Workshop Analyzes Total Costs of REDD+ Activities in the Congo [viewed]

Forest Carbon26 April 2013: Participants at a recent workshop in Kinshasa, assessed the total costs of REDD+ activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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UNEP Report Analyzes Green Economy and Trade Opportunities in Developing Countries [viewed]

UNEP8 May 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Green Economy and Trade: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities,' which argues that an increase in trade in environmental goods and services and certified products can stimulate the transition to a green economy, while such a transition can create further opportunities for increased trade in such products and services.

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Brazilian Diplomat Succeeds Pascal Lamy as WTO Head [viewed]

Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil)14 May 2013: Following extensive informal consultations among members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the WTO General Council has approved the appointment of Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) as the next Director-General of the WTO. Azevêdo will take office on 1 September 2013.

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First SIDS DOCK Pacific Meeting Reviews Progress [viewed]

sidsdock9 May 2013: The first SIDS DOCK Pacific Regional Meeting reviewed the current work of the first phase of the SIDS DOCK Support Programme and discussed its next phase. SIDS DOCK is an initiative developed by small island developing States (SIDS) for SIDS to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and contribute towards sustainable development with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on GEF Support for Non-Annex I National Communications [viewed]

UNFCCC15 May 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an information document on financial support provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the preparation of national communications by non-Annex I Parties (FCCC/SBI/2013/INF.7).

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UNFCCC Releases GEF Report on Support for Biennial Update Reports Preparation [viewed]

GEF UNFCCC15 May 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report submitted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) (FCCC/CP/2013/INF.8) containing information on the resource status approved for non-Annex I Parties to prepare biennial update reports (BUR).

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CIF Backs Waste to Energy Bazaar in Nepal [viewed]

cif_logo13 May 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) provided financial support to Nepal, one of the pilot countries of the Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP), to sponsor the first Waste to Energy (W2E) Bazaar, which took place on 26 April 2013, in Kathmandu.

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World Bank Launches Second Phase of Water Partnership Program [viewed]

World Bank21 May 2013: The World Bank has strengthened its Water Partnership Program (WPP) by launching a second phase (Phase II) with a focus on water management and water services, as well as climate change resilience. WPP is a partnership among the World Bank, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK.

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