Finance

UNESCO's Climate Change Priorities Outlined [viewed]

Unesco_directorgeneral_kochiro_ma_4In an address to the Information Meeting of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, said UNESCO will extend current research efforts – such as those undertaken by the World Climate Research Programme jointly sponsored by WMO, UNESCO/IOC and ICSU – to include adaptation research.

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UNDP Administrator Identifies Climate Change as UNDP Priority [viewed]

Kemal_dervi_2Speaking during a recent press briefing, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis identified climate change as one of three UNDP priorities for the current year.

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World Bank, GEF-Backed Energy Efficiency Program Expands in China [viewed]

Gefbacked_energy_efficiency_programThe Chinese Government and the World Bank have announced the preparation of a new Energy Efficiency Financing Project, using a proposed new US$ 200 million World Bank loan and US$ 13 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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World Bank Provides US$247 million in Cyclone and Floods Assistance to Bangladesh [viewed]

World20bank20logoaThe World Bank approved IDA financing totaling US$ 247 million to help Bangladesh recover from the dual shocks of the August flooding and November cyclone, which caused significant loss of life and enormous social, human, and economic costs.

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UNFCCC Issues Three Technical Papers on Finance [viewed]

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

27 November 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released three substantive papers for parties on finance. One technical paper, entitled “Investment and financial flows to address climate change: An update” (FCCC/TP/2008/7), provides an update to the paper published by the Secretariat on the same topic in 2007.

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World Bank Lead Environmental Economist Highlights South Asia's Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

South Asia's Vulnerability to Climate Change 25 November 2008: Speaking ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland, Richard Damania, World Bank Lead Environmental Economist for the South Asia Region, described the climate-related challenges in South Asia as daunting.

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UNFCCC Newsletter Released [viewed]

UNFCCC newsletter 26 November 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the final issue of the UNFCCC newsletter for 2008.

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UN Secretary-General to Attend Climate Change Conference in Poland [viewed]

25 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to attend the next round of climate negotiations in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland. At the opening of the High-level Segment, he will articulate his ideas for some of the key issues under negotiation, such as the nature of the shared vision needed for long-term cooperative action on climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Linkages Between Climate Change, Development and the Global Economy [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 24 November 2008: In an editorial published in the Japan Times, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscores that the financial crisis is unique and potentially overwhelming, and warns against the risk of it evolving into “tomorrow's human crisis.”

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APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting Adopts Declaration Committing to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 23 November 2008: The sixteenth Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum economic leaders' meeting was organized under the theme “A New Commitment to Asia-Pacific Development,” and convened in Lima, Peru, from 22-23 November 2008. The meeting concluded with the adoption of a declaration in which the economic leaders commit to enhance their cooperation to improve risk reduction and fight climate change.

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