Regional Development Bank

New Clean Energy Initiatives and Commitments Announced at CEM3 [viewed]

26 April 2012: Leaders from the governments of the 23 Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) participant countries, together with the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, have announced a variety of new commitments and initiatives to improve energy efficiency, increase the share of renewable energy, and enable energy access worldwide. These commitments and initiatives are the main outcomes of the two-day Third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3).

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Workshop Calls for Additional Support for Implementation of LEDS in Africa [viewed]

23 April 2012: During a recent international workshop on Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS), participants heard from representatives across Africa on the need for additional financial and technical support to ensure that African countries can continue LEDS implementation.

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AfDB Finalizes Climate Safeguard Systems Design [viewed]

AfDB23 April 2012: The final design of the African Development Bank's (AfDB) Climate Safeguard Systems (CSS), comprising four modules for assessing risk and identifying adaptation measures, was announced during a two-day workshop held in March 2012.

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FIP Pilot Country Meeting Evaluates REDD+ Initiatives [viewed]

23 April 2012: The third meeting of pilot countries participating in the Forest Investment Program (FIP) addressed: developing innovative approaches to invest in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+); working with the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities; and sharing views on the design and implementation of systems to monitor REDD+ investment results.

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Event: IDB Climate Change and Sustainability Day [viewed]

The Inter-American Development Bank is organizing an event on Climate Change and Sustainability on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The event is open to the private and public sectors as well as civil society. Discussions will address, among other topics: mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilient low carbon development, biodiversity, sustainable energy and the challenges of a local level sustainability agenda.  

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Event: Global Bioenergy Partnership: 2nd Working Group on Capacity Building [viewed]

The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) Working Group on Capacity Building for Sustainable Bioenergy promotes the dissemination, use, and implementation of the outcomes of the GBEP Task Forces on GHG Methodologies and on Sustainability through activities and projects. GBEP and its Partners comprise 23 countries and 13 international organizations and institutions, including the: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), European Commission, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Energy Agency (IEA), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Foundation, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA). A further 22 countries and 11 International Organizations and institutions are participating as Observers, including: the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), European Environment Agency (EEA), Global Environment Facility (GEF), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Organization of American States (OAS), Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA), World Bank and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Current GBEP Partners and Observers account for the majority of bioenergy produced in the world. GBEP Partners alone account for the vast majority of modern bioenergy, including liquid biofuels.  

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Fourth Africa Carbon Forum Highlights Potential for Green Economic Development in Africa [viewed]

20 April 2012: The fourth Africa Carbon Forum underscored the potential of the African continent in advancing efforts to combat climate change and ensure green economic development in the future.

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ADB Study Focuses on Coping with Droughts in China [viewed]

ADB20 April 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a publication titled "Drying up: What to do about droughts in the People's Republic of China." The study explores the difficulties that China will face in supplying its cities with water and in managing more frequent and longer droughts in the face of climate change.

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Zambia Reflects on Hosting PPCR Pilot Country Meetings [viewed]

16 April 2012: David Kaluba, Chief Economist for Zambia's Ministry of Finance and National Development, has offered insights on his country's experience in hosting a Pilot Countries Meeting for the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Programme on Climate Resilience (PPCR), highlighting that country meetings provide an opportunity to see sustainable development challenges first hand. 

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World Bank Reports on Disaster Risk Assessment Initiative in the Pacific [viewed]

World BankApril 2012: The World Bank has reported on an initiative to develop disaster risk assessment tools and plan for future disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Pacific Island countries titled the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI).

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