2 October 2008: The World Bank has announced an 87% increase in funding for renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) projects and programmes in developing countries in the past fiscal year.
26 September 2008: Leading industrialized nations met at the
World Bank, and pledged more than US$6.1 billion to the recently created World
Bank Climate Investment Funds (CIF).
September 2008: Global consultations for the development of
a “Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change for the World Bank
Group” continue receiving comments online from civil society, until 15
4 September 2008: The Senegalese Agency for Rural
Electrification (ASER) and the World Bank have entered into an agreement for
the provision of 1.5 million compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to Senegal's
rural areas. The project will be carried out as a Clean Development Mechanism
(CDM) programme of activities, and is Senegal's first CDM project.
3 September 2008: A new World Bank report estimates that Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in sub-Saharan Africa could potentially amount to 740 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.
28 August 2008: The Africa Carbon Forum will take place from 3-5 September 2008, in Dakar, Senegal. At the thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Bali, Indonesia in December 2007, the Secretariat of the UNFCCC announced its intent to convene the first Africa Carbon Forum, in collaboration with the International Emissions Trading Association and the partner agencies of the Nairobi Framework, including the UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme, World Bank and African Development Bank.
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).
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.
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
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