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World Bank Consultation in Australia Highlights Importance of Sustainable Urban Planning in Pacific Islands [viewed]

22 February 2010: The World Bank office in Sydney, Australia, held a civil society consultation on the World Bank's proposed new Environment Strategy, on 22 February 2010. Stakeholders at the consultation highlighted the importance of urban planning in countries that are especially vulnerable to climate change, such as the low-lying atoll nation of Kiribati.

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Ramsar Secretariat and World Bank to Collaborate on Climate Change Projects in Wetlands [viewed]

16 February 2010: Anada Tiéga, Ramsar Secretary General, and Hartwig Schafer, Acting Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to “establish a framework of cooperation between Ramsar and the World Bank in exchange of technical expertise and capacity building related to the development and implementation of climate change projects in wetlands in the context of the World Bank-financed climate change portfolio.”

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WTO Seeks Comments on Links Between Trade and Deforestation [viewed]

February 2010: The World Trade Organization (WTO) is providing a discussion forum for stakeholders to present opinions on trade in natural resources, and has invited comments on an article on trade and deforestation.

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Event: Second Earth Fund Board Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Earth Fund Board will consider, among other issues, two US$5 million proposals, namely a Public-Private Funding Mechanism for Watershed Protection, and a proposal for greening the cocoa industry.  

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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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