World Bank

World Bank, UNDP, Denmark and AOSIS to Support Renewable Energy in SIDS [viewed]

8 December 2010: The Government of Denmark, the World Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to support island countries in scaling up their renewable energy efforts and shift to greater energy efficiency.

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World Bank and UNDP Launch Climate Finance Options Database [viewed]

30 November 2010: The World Bank and UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a Climate Finance Options platform, which allows users to track climate-change related finance by region, focus area, sector or financing mechanism.

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Third South-South Expo Focuses on Capacity in Research and Technology Development [viewed]

26 November 2010: The Third Annual Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) took place from 22-26 November 2010, at International Labour Organization (ILO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and showcased over 100 partnerships and solutions to poverty challenges that have been developed by developing countries themselves.

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World Bank Special Envoy for Climate Change Says Developing Countries are Taking Action on Climate Change [viewed]

26 November 2010: Andrew Steer, the World Bank's Special Envoy for Climate Change, emphasized ahead of the Climate Change meetings in Cancun, that "developing countries urgently need a global deal on climate change but they're not waiting for it."

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World Bank Approves Environmental Projects in Mexico Ahead of COP 16 [viewed]

23 November 2010:  The World Bank has approved a package of three initiatives totaling US$713.24 million to bolster Mexico's efforts to "green" its economy. The initiatives focus on climate change public policies, efficient lighting and appliances, and adaptation.

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World Bank Launches Corporate Responsibility Website [viewed]

24 November 2010: The World Bank has launched a new Corporate Responsibility website showcasing its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint since 2002.

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World Bank Report Highlights Potential for Portable Solar Lighting in Africa [viewed]

23 November 2010: The World Bank has released a report titled "Solar Lighting for the Base of the Pyramid: Overview of an Emerging Market," which underlines that, by 2015, solar portable lights could provide access to clean and safe lighting to an estimated 65 million Africans who are currently either un-electrified or under-electrified.

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GEF Council Expands Small Grants Programme [viewed]

18 November 2010: The 39th Meeting of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council approved US$134 million for the next phase of the Small Grants Programme (SGP), which awards up to US$50,000 in funds for  projects by civil society and community based organizations.

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CIF Meetings Approve Funding for Climate Resilience in Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger [viewed]

11 November 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) will provide US$50 million grants to the Governments of Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger to pilot climate resilience strategies and integrate climate risk into their economic plans.

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UN, World Bank Launch Report on the Economics of Disaster Prevention [viewed]

11 November 2010: The World Bank and the UN have released a joint report titled "Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention," which analyzes disasters from an economics perspective.

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