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Central American Ministers Adopt Efficient Lighting Strategy, Action Plan [viewed]

sica-meso-unep-enlighten6 December 2013: The energy ministers of all of the countries in Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico have adopted a regional strategy on efficient lighting that will phase out incandescent bulbs, mercury content in other lamp types, increase lighting efficiency and lead to a common approach to handling lighting waste.

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UNEP Atlas Shows Rapid Environmental Change in Arab Region [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2013 : A report, released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), and supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), indicates that the pace of environmental change in the Arab region may be faster than in the rest of the world due to growing populations and increasing environmental pressures.

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UNEP Urges Action on Nitrous Oxide to Address Climate Change, Ozone Depletion [viewed]

UNEP21 November 2013: Increases in nitrous oxide emissions could exacerbate climate change and undermine ozone layer recovery, according to a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report also stresses it is possible to decrease nitrous oxide emissions, resulting in climate, economic, environmental and human benefits of approximately US$160 billon annually.

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Event: Eleventh UN-REDD Programme Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

The 11th meeting of the Policy Board to the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) will consider the semi-annual progress update including country specific reports on implementation of the UN-REDD national programmes, and the outcomes of the Support to National REDD+ Action: Global Programme Framework 2011-2015 (SNA). The meeting will also consider the formal programme submission from Bangladesh, as well as project proposals from Argentina and Cote d'Ivoire and the mid-term evaluation from Panama.  

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Report Outlines Sustainable Food Future [viewed]

WRI3 December 2013: The World Resources Institute (WRI), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank have issued a report on achieving a sustainable food future. ‘Creating a Sustainable Food Future: Interim Findings' recommends reducing waste and demand for animal products, as well as following other "climate-smart” guidelines.

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Event: Second Workshop of the LEDS-LAC Regional Platform [viewed]

The Second Workshop of the Latin American Regional Platform on Low Emission Strategies (LEDS LAC) of the Global Alliance on Development Strategies Low in Emissions (LEDS Global Partnership) will provide a forum for officials from Latin American governments and international organizations and technical experts and other stakeholders in the region to share experiences and best practices, participate in training, establish collaborative links and work, and discuss innovative ways to achieve low-carbon development that is also resilient to the impacts of climate change. The workshop will occur against the backdrop of InterClima, an annual multi-stakeholder forum hosted by Peru's Environment Ministry (MINAM) that seeks to provide Peruvian stakeholders with training, discussion, information exchange and opportunities to forge partnerships regarding climate change, low-carbon development and climate resilience.  

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Mexico Launches Voluntary Carbon Credit Exchange [viewed]

mexlogo26 November 2013: Mexico has launched a voluntary carbon credit exchange with assistance from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UK Government.

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Chinese Government and UNEP Report Highlights China's Energy Consumption Achievements [viewed]

UNEP26 November 2013: Together with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Government of China has released a report on China's green investments, titled "China's Green Long March: A Study of Renewable Energy, Environmental Industry and Cement Sectors." The report finds that, despite rapid advancement towards a green economy, significant environmental and social challenges must be surmounted if China is to achieve its sustainable development goals.

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Norway Announces $40 Million for UN-REDD [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme22 November 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has announced that Norway will give US$40 million in funding to support investments in REDD+ readiness, including improved governance and enhanced technical skills as well as knowledge sharing and capacity building.

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CTCN Opens in Denmark [viewed]

ctcn21 November 2013: The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), co-led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), opened in Copenhagen, Denmark. The CTCN will assist developing countries in making informed decisions about environmentally sound technologies for adaptation and mitigation, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving climate resilience.

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