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UNDP Releases Final Baobab Coalition Journal [viewed]

18 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its final issue of The Baobab Coalition Journal, a publication reporting on community activities and efforts under the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP). The issue features articles on information sharing on AAP efforts, food security and resilience, gender mainstreaming, and an editorial by the director.

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GEF Publication Showcases Lebanon Solar Water Heaters Market [viewed]

GEF22 October 2012: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has published “The Residential Solar Water Heaters (SWH) Market in Lebanon in 2011.” The report highlights how sound governmental policies can boost a green economy, using the example of the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water's (MEW) support for the SWH market.

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Ministerial Conference Adopts Integrated African Strategy for Meteorology [viewed]

23 October 2012: The Second Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology adopted an Integrated African Strategy for Meteorology that seeks to address the challenges posed by climate change and extreme weather hazards.

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Global Fuel Economy Initiative Launched for the African Region [viewed]

GFEI18 October 2012: Fifty participants from 20 African countries convened at UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters for the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) regional launch in Africa. Motivated by high rates of vehicle growth in Africa, the workshop aimed to identify policy shortcomings and the need to monitor vehicle import trends as a strategy to promote fuel efficient cars.

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Event: Mountain Day 2 [viewed]

Mountain Day 2 is being jointly organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) / UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the context of the Strategic Initiative for Mountains and Climate Change funded by the Development Grant Facility of the World Bank. Other sponsors and partners include the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), WWF, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the Government of Nepal. The event will highlight the critical role of mountain ecosystems for climate adaptation and sustainable development. It will focus on the theme "Mainstreaming Rio+20 outcomes in UNFCCC processes for prosperous, resilient, and sustainable mountain ecosystems and communities." The Day will be held in parallel to the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012.  

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UNISDR Report Outlines Children's Action for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

24 October 2012: The Secretariat for the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released a report outlining the contributions from children to disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts in Asia titled “Children's Action for DRR: Views From Children in Asia.” 

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UNECE/FAO Forest Newsletter Highlights Wood Energy Impacts and Data Reliability [viewed]

UNECEOctober 2012: The latest Forest Newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) focuses attention on two workshops on the impacts of wood energy use and wood energy data reliability, as well as their Joint Wood Energy Enquiry, which provides information on the origin and amount of wood energy consumption.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on Potential Host Agreement for the Climate Technology Centre [viewed]

UNFCCC24 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report on the discussions undertaken between the Secretariat and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) regarding key elements of the potential host agreement for the Climate Technology Centre (CTC) (FCCC/SBI/2012/30).

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SPREP, UNEP to Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

SPREP17 October 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), to guide future cooperation and ensure coordinated support to Pacific island countries (PICs).

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ACP-MEAs Newsletter Focuses on Participation in the CDM and Carbon Finance [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released the latest issue of the newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter features a guest article by Mette Annelie Rasmussen and Miriam Hinostroza, UNEP Risø Centre, outlining efforts to “level the playing field” for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and carbon finance.

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