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ADB Organizes Asia-Pacific Climate Change Video Contest [viewed]

Logo-adb4 November 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced a new video competition on the theme “My View: The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Video Contest.”

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World Bank Study Finds Energy Intensity Reduction Contributes Most to Mitigation [viewed]

World Bank4 November 2009: The World Bank has released a study on 100 countries' energy use, authored by Masami Kojima and Robert Bacon, which shows that growth of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita and in population contributes the most to the net increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and that reducing energy intensity contributes the most to their net decrease.

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UN-Water Presents Message on Water and Climate Change in Barcelona [viewed]

climate-change-adaptation3 November 2009: On the margins of the UNFCCC talks taking place in Barcelona, Spain, UN-Water presented a key message on Water and Climate Change Adaptation prepared for the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP15).

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WTO Director General at Carleton University: “Climate First, and Trade Second” [viewed]

Wto2 November 2009: In a speech delivered on 2 November 2009, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, stated that the climate crisis is “urgent, and is a top priority on the international agenda.”

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UN-Backed Project Aims to Reduce Coastal Erosion in West Africa [viewed]

coastal-erosion-in-west-africa30 October 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will execute a UN-backed project aimed at reversing coastal erosion in five West African countries.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases GEF Report [viewed]

UNFCCC27 October 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the Report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the fifteenth Conference of the Parties.

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World Bank Publishes Note on Reduced Emissions and Enhanced Adaptation in Agricultural Landscapes [viewed]

World BankOctober 2009: The World Bank has published a note emphasizing the role of good agricultural practices and integrated natural resource management in addressing both mitigation and adaptation to climate change in production landscapes.

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UNDP Supports GEF-funded Adaptation Project in Mountain Forest Ecosystem in Armenia [viewed]

Gef New LogoOctober 2009: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is the implementing agency for a Global Environment Facility-funded (GEF) project to build up the resilience and adaption capacity of mountain forest ecosystems in Armenia, a biodiversity hotspot area containing half of the region's floral diversity, to protect against climate change effects.

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GEF's Fifth International Waters Conference Highlights Large Marine Ecosystems Are Warming More Rapidly Than Expected [viewed]

GEF's Fifth International Waters Conference Highlights Large Marine Ecosystems Are Warming More Rapidly Than Expected 27 October 2009: The Fifth GEF Biennial International Waters Conference, co-hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of Australia, gathered over 300 of the world's leading water specialists to identify practical measures for coping with climatic variability. The Conference convened from 24-29 October 2009, at the Australian Great Barrier Reef, and featured new research on protecting coral reefs, adapting to the accelerated warming of coastal oceans, and adjusting to the movement of fisheries away from warming, polluted waters.

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World Bank Launches MultiCat Program to Insure Against Floods, Hurricanes and Wind Storms [viewed]

Worldbanklogo19 October 2009: The World Bank launched the MultiCat Program – a catastrophe bond issuance platform that gives governments and other public entities access to international capital markets to insure themselves against the risk of natural disasters. The types of events that may be insured are earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and other wind storms.

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