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GEF Approves US$61.1 Million Work Programme for Climate Change [viewed]

26 June 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which met from 22-24 June 2009, in Washington DC, US, approved a work programme including 20 projects within the climate change focal area, mostly related to energy efficiency, assigning US$61.1 million in GEF grants in 23 countries.

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency Programme in Benin [viewed]

© World Bank26 June 2009: The World Bank approved a programme that will help reduce greenhouse gases and promote clean energy use in Benin.

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World Bank Seeks Comments on its Work on Climate Change [viewed]

© World Bank June 2009: The World Bank is seeking comments on the implementation of its Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change.

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WTO and UNEP Publish Report on Trade and Climate Change [viewed]

© UNEP26 June 2009: The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched a report on trade and climate change, which reviews how trade and climate change policies interact and how they can be mutually supportive.

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ILO and World Bank Reinforce Collaboration on Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery [viewed]

18 June 2009: On the margins of the Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16-19 June 2009, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Bank signed a joint statement to reinforce their collaboration to address the consequences of natural hazards and rebuild livelihoods in the aftermath of disasters.

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World Bank Finances Coal Power Plant Modernization in India [viewed]

© World Bank18 June 2009: The World Bank approved a US$180 million loan to the Government of India, to renovate and modernize old, inefficient and polluting coal-fired power plants. The project, which is expected to lower carbon emissions and boost power production at these plants, is co-financed with a US$45.4 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Applications Open in Self-Selection Process of Observers for World Bank Climate Funds [viewed]

© World Bank 15 June 2009: The application process has been opened in the self-selection process of civil society, indigenous peoples and business representatives to participate as observers in the World Bank's recently created Climate Investment Funds.

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UN-Backed Study Calls for Emphasis on Migration and Adaptation Strategies in Future Planning [viewed]

© UN10 June 2009: The UN University's Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), CARE International and Columbia University's Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) launched a report titled “In Search of Shelter: Mapping the Effects of Climate Change on Human Migration and Displacement” during the Bonn climate change talks.

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World Bank Booklet on Climate-related Activities [viewed]

June 2009: The World Bank has published a booklet titled “Development and Climate Change: The World Bank Group at Work,” which provides an overview of its activities related to climate change, including sections on partnerships, strategy, finance, knowledge and capacity.

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World Bank Signs Two Emission Reduction Purchase Agreements with Thailand [viewed]

© World Bank5 June 2009: The World Bank has signed carbon finance agreements with two Thai companies that will lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through the improvement of an ethanol refinery and wastewater treatment at an ethanol production plant.

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