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GEF Meeting in West Africa Develops Programme for Access to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency [viewed]

26 August 2008: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat met with Ministers from West African countries, from 25-26 August 2008, in Cotonou, Benin, to develop a regional programme for climate change and biodiversity that provides the region with a more efficient use of resources from the GEF's Resource Allocation Framework (RAF).

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World Bank Launches Film Contest on the Social Aspects of Climate Change [viewed]

Vulnerability Exposed: Social Dimensions of Climate Change

25 August 2008: The World Bank launched a worldwide

documentary competition that will highlight the social aspects of climate

change as experienced and/or observed by the film-maker(s).

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ADB Urban Day 2008 to Tackle Climate Change and Cities Issues [viewed]

ADB Urban Day 2008

August 2008: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Urban

Community of Practice is organizing the ADB Urban Day 2008, which will take

place in Manila, Philippines, on 8 September 2008. Urban Day 2008 will bring

together representatives from national and local governments, international

communities of practice, the private sector, civil society and academia to

discuss urban environment, sanitation and transport, as well as city region

development, and municipal finance and governance.

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Draft World Bank Strategy for Climate Change and Development Available for Public Comment [viewed]

Climate Change and Development 21 August 2008: The first phase of consultations on a

Strategic Framework on Climate Change and Development for the World Bank Group

(WBG) has concluded with the release of a draft document entitled “Development

and Climate Change - A Strategic Framework for the World Bank Group.” The

document will be finalized, taking into consideration comments received through

15 September 2008, and submitted to the Board of Directors, on 23 September

2008, and to the Development Committee, during the 2008 IMF/World Bank Group

Annual Meeting in October 2008.

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Preliminary Findings of World Bank Study on Water and Climate Change Released [viewed]

A World Bank study looks at the impact of climate change on water systems. 18 August 2008: In an interview, Vahid Alavian, World Bank

water adviser, who is attending the Stockholm World Water Week that focuses on

sanitation and will conclude on 23 August 2008, reports on progress and

preliminary findings of a two-year World Bank study on water and climate

change.

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Preventive Measures and Disaster Preparedness Will Lead to Economic Growth [viewed]

9 August 2008: In an opinion piece, published in the Hindu,

Vinod Thomas, Director General of the World Bank's Independent Evaluation

Group, underscores the increased frequency of natural disasters, their effect

on development, and the need for policy makers to recognize this growing threat

on economies.

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WB-UN/ISDR: A Tool for Improving Climate Resilience of Cities [viewed]

Climate Resilient Cities - A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts and Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asian Cities. Photo credit, World Bank 6 August 2008: The World Bank, the UN International Strategy

for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction

and Recovery (GFDRR) have released an interactive report entitled ‘Climate

Resilient Cities,' which provides cities and their governments with guidelines

to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and strengthen disaster risk

management.

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World Bank's Effectiveness in the Environment Evaluated [viewed]

World Bank's Effectiveness in the Environment Evaluated 22 July 2008: The Independent Evaluation Group, an

independent unit within the World Bank that reports directly to the Bank's

Board of Executive Directors, has released its report evaluating

the effectiveness of World Bank Group (WBG) support to the environment from

1990 to 2007.

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World Bank: Countries Chosen as Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Members [viewed]

First Countries Named to Benefit from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility 21 July 2008: Fourteen

developing countries - Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo,

Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Madagascar Mexico, Nepal,

Panama, and Vietnam - will be beneficiaries of funding from the Forest Carbon

Partnership Facility (FCPF), launched at the Bali climate negotiations. The

FCPF partners donor countries, the World Bank, and developing countries in an

effort to build capacity for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest

degradation.

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ECOSOC Highlights Interlinkages between Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Current Global Food Crisis Will Require Increasing Amounts of Humanitarian Assistance for Some Time to Come, Economic and Social Council Told 17 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded

its three-day Humanitarian Affairs Segment by convening a panel discussion on “Humanitarian

challenges related to global food aid, including enhancing international

efforts and cooperation in this field,” chaired by

Council Vice-President Park In-kook (Republic of Korea) and moderated by John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

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