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The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum 2011 has been rescheduled to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 24-25 June. The Forum provides an opportunity for all stakeholders – governments, civil society, indigenous peoples, private sector, and others – to contribute to deepening global understanding of climate change and development in the CIF context. It will be immediately preceded by a series of associated meetings, including pilot country meetings, from 20-23 June. In addition, stakeholders unable to attend the meeting in Cape Town are invited to participate in an online live-streaming event of the sessions titled “Greening Clean Energy Sources: Managing the Social and Biodiversity Trade-Offs for Wind Energy,” which will take place on 24 June 2011 in the morning.
February 2011: Monique Barbut, CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has endorsed several GEF projects with a strong focus on energy efficiency. CEO endorsement is the final step in GEF project cycle approval.
World Bank Institute, ASB, CGIAR and FCPF to Release Guidance on REDD+ and Opportunity Costs [viewed]
January 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the World Bank Institute, the Partnership for Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) are developing a training manual providing guidance on how to estimate the opportunity costs of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).
28 January 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) presented a discussion paper on the implications of a hypothetical complete ban on land clearing for agriculture in tropical areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, which underscores that the carbon market will not be sufficient to compensate the rural poor for lost income.
World Bank and Republic of Korea Strengthen Partnership on Climate Change-Related Disasters [viewed]
24 January 2011: The World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Korea's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to strengthen cooperation for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation.
19 January 2011: Speaking at the Second Arab Economic, Social and Developmental Summit, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Managing Director, highlighted the potential of the Arab region in the renewable energy sector.
January 2010: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), co-hosted a staff retreat between their respective Secretariats, on 4 January 2011.
19 January 2011: An informal meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTESS) met on 10-14 January 2011, and WTO members reviewed the various proposals on the table covering the Doha mandate related to environment.