Finance

African Forum on Financing for Development Considers Accessing Climate Finance [viewed]

20 May 2011: The African Forum on Financing for Development, organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaboration with its development partners, focused on reviewing progress, examining key thematic issues relating to development finance in Africa, and proposing the way forward on issues relating to development finance for Africa.

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UNFCCC Publishes Further Documents for SBI 34 [viewed]

20 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published several documents in the run up to the 34th session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) on fifth national communications and the proposed programme budget for the biennium 2012-2013.

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UNDP Launches Guidebook on Catalyzing Climate Finance [viewed]

19 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a publication titled "Catalyzing Climate Finance: A Guidebook on Policy and Financing Options to Support Green, Low-emission, Climate-resilient Development," which aims to enable countries to better assess the level and nature of assistance they will require to catalyze climate capital based on their national, regional and local circumstances.

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UNFCCC Releases Agenda for AWG-LCA 14 [viewed]

19 May 11: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annotated agenda (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/5) for the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14). The agenda for AWG-LCA 14 was adopted by the AWG-LCA on 8 April 2011, in Bangkok, Thailand. The AWG-LCA will resume its 14th session from 7-17 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Cross-Regional REDD+ Learning and Exchange [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter18 May 2011: The May 2011 edition of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter features an article on Asia Pacific and Latin America cross-regional REDD+ exchange, which highlights that delegates from Viet Nam visited Mexico and Ecuador to learn from those countries' experience of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) and community-led forest management, while Mexico and Ecuador learned from Viet Nam's experience in establishing a national REDD+ Programme.

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World Bank Auctions Adaptation Fund CERs [viewed]

20 May 2011: The World Bank, as Trustee for the Adaptation Fund, has completed an auction of 200,000 tons of certified emission reductions (CER) at Euro 12.52 per ton.

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World Bank Lends US$200 Million for Energy Efficiency Projects in Ukraine [viewed]

17 May 2011: The World Bank approved a project to improve energy efficiency in industrial companies, municipalities and municipally-owned enterprises and energy service companies in Ukraine by facilitating bank lending for energy efficiency investments.

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UNCCD's Global Mechanism Launches scope|acp Website [viewed]

16 May 2011: The South-South Cooperation programme of the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched the new website www.scopeacp.net, which seeks to provide tools to enhance the use of existing resources as well as to increase access to new and innovative financial resources for sustainable land management (SLM).

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Event: AfDB 2011 Annual Meetings [viewed]

These meetings, organized around the theme “Towards an Agenda for Inclusive Growth in Africa,” will review the African Development Bank's (AfDB) 2010 operations and its 2012 development funding portfolio, as well as challenges facing the African region in key areas such as climate change, infrastructure, private sector and governance. The meetings will also include: a high-level seminar on "Financing Energy and Green Growth;" a meeting on capacity building in science, technology and innovation; a meeting on the Inga power project (two hydroelectric dams); and the launch of African Economic Outlook 2011, which focuses on Africa's growing integration in the world economy and its diversifying partnerships revealing unprecedented economic opportunities.  

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OECD Releases Review of Norway's Environmental Protection [viewed]

19 May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its review of the environmental performance of Norway, which praises Norway's pioneering role in environmental protection, but calls for further action, notably in addressing climate change and protecting biodiversity.

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