World Bank

Event: Transforming Transportation [viewed]

The ninth annual “Transforming Transportation” event will take place at the World Bank in Washington, DC, US, from 26-27 January 2012, and will focus on big ideas to scale up sustainable transport best practices in cities worldwide. The plenary session on Day 1 will discuss the future of the city, and on Day 2 it will look beyond the transport sector for inspiration on how to scale up best practices. Other sessions will include moderated panel discussions and rapid presentations of innovative ideas. The agenda also features screenings of urban transport videos and a cocktail reception to honor the late Dr. Leon "Lee" Schipper. Transforming Transportation 2012 is open to the public, and is organized by EMBARQ, The World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Institute for Transportation Development and Policy, Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities, and the Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport.  

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World Bank Outlines Steps to Increase Drought Resilience in Africa [viewed]

World Bank19 December 2011: The World Bank has released a policy paper titled "The Drought and Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Impacts and Proposed Policy Responses for Kenya," which highlights four broad policy changes that can be taken by Kenya to reduce its vulnerability to future droughts as climate change continues to reduce rainfall in the region.

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UN/ISDR Pilots Resilience Local Government Self-Assessment Tool [viewed]

14 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that, together with the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, it has piloted the Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LG-SAT), designed to assist disaster reduction efforts by cities and local governments that have signed up to the global "Making Cities Resilient" Campaign.

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World Bank to Support Low-Carbon Initiatives in Poorest Countries [viewed]

World Bank6 December 2011: The World Bank announced two new initiatives to support least developed countries' (LDCs) access to finance for low-carbon investments and enable them to tap into carbon markets after 2012, the Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) and the third tranche of the BioCarbon Fund (BioCF T3).

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Development Banks Agree on Partnership for Climate Action in Cities [viewed]

5 December 2011: Five multilateral development banks have agreed on a new partnership to support climate action in cities, including better coordination, and to deepen support to cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change, such as the development of common tools and metrics for cities.

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Japan Increases Contributions for Small-Island States Clean Energy Partnership [viewed]

8 December 2011: The Government of Japan announced a new US$15 million grant to support clean energy efforts and access to renewable energy by climate vulnerable island nations through the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy Initiative (SIDS DOCK). The initiative provides financial and technical support to island countries to scale up their renewable energy efforts and promote greater energy efficiency.

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High-Level Side Event on Climate Smart Agriculture Emphasizes Early Action Initiatives [viewed]

7 December 2011: The High-Level Side Event on Climate Smart Agriculture, held on the margins of the Durban Climate Change Conference, heard a call to action from many of the dignitaries present who highlighted the need to support agriculture that addresses not only food security challenges but also climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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GEF Supports Connect4Climate Competition Awards to African Youth [viewed]

5 December 2011: The Connect4Climate (C4C) campaign competition, targeted at African youth aged 13 to 35, focused on videos and photos capturing stories of "climate change affecting Africa, your country, your community and you, your friends and your family."

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PROFOR Launches Updated Book on Managing Southern African Woodlands [viewed]

1 December 2011: The World Bank's Programme on Forests (PROFOR) has launched an updated version of its study on the miombo woodlands of southern Africa. The original study explored policies, incentives and options for the rural poor. The updated study revisits this situation in the context of a changing climate, growing food insecurity and increasing demand for woodfuel and charcoal.

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World Bank Launches Climate Data Access Portal, Launches Apps Competition [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2011: The World Bank has launched a new Climate Change Knowledge Portal as part of its Open Data Initiative, which links users to over 250 climate indicators and includes visualization tools depicting temperature and rainfall scenarios to the year 2100.

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