Finance

CAN Indigenous Peoples Council Demands International Climate and Environment Court [viewed]

22 June 2012: In a formal declaration sent to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Consultative Council of Indigenous Peoples of the Andean Community (CCPICAN) demanded the creation of an International Court of Climate and Environmental Justice.

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OAS Endorses Inter‐American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response [viewed]

OAS6 June 2012:  The Organization of American States' (OAS) General Assembly has endorsed the Inter‐American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance. The Plan is a management tool for coordinating governments' efforts in dealing with disaster prevention, preparedness, response and mitigation.

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SICA Sends Declaration on Climate Change, Disasters to Rio+20 [viewed]

22 June 2012: The Central American Integration System (SICA) sent a "special communiqué" regarding climate change and natural disasters to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) held from 20-22 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Over $50 Million for Seven Projects [viewed]

Adaptation Fund29 June 2012: The Adaptation Fund Board approved a grant of $10 million to the Planning Institute of Jamaica to protect livelihoods and food security through the direct access financing pathway of the Adaptation Fund.

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Caribbean Countries Renew CCRIF Disaster Risk Policies, Get Rebate for 2011-12 [viewed]

5 June 2012: The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) announced that all 16 member governments have renewed their hurricane and earthquake insurance for the 2012-2013 policy year, and that the Facility has provided them with a 25% rebate on their 2011-2012 policy year premium because none of their policies had been triggered.

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EBRD Invests in Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Slovakia [viewed]

3 July 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a 8.5 year loan of US 150 million to the сentral European energy company MOL Group to modernize its Slovakian member, Slovnaft Group, a refining and petrochemical company. 

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ESMAP Launches Electricity Technology Assessment Model [viewed]

27 June 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has developed and is testing its “Model for Electricity Technology Assessment” (META) as a tool to assist policy makers and planners design power generation projects in light of the challenges of reducing carbon emissions and adjusting to rapid changes in technology, equipment and fuel prices.

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UNFCCC Announces 2012 CDM Multi-media Contest [viewed]

2 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) International Photo, Video and Podcast Contest 2012 under the theme “CDM Changing Lives.” The contest aims to select compelling and original entries showcasing the benefits of the Kyoto Protocol's CDM using different media.

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UNEP Risoe Assesses CDM's Cost Efficiency [viewed]

UNEP Risoe1 July 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development has released the first Working Paper of a new series titled “Penny Wise, Pound Foolish?” The paper, by Søren Lütken, questions if the original intention of cost efficient emissions reduction through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is being fulfilled.

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UNFCCC Holds Climate Change Education Workshop in LDCs [viewed]

21 June 2012: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat organized a workshop on implementing Article 6 on education, training and public awareness in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) during which participants identified the need for dedicated financing, national plans and strategies to implement Article 6.

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