Finance

EU Adopts Negotiating Position for Durban [viewed]

10 October 2011: The Council of environment ministers of the EU adopted conclusions establishing the EU position for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, in which they stress the need to agree on a global and comprehensive legally-binding framework as soon as possible to keep the increase of global temperature below 2°C compared to the pre-industrial level, guaranteeing legal certainty, predictability, reciprocity and comparability.

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IFC and CIF Fund Solar Plants in Thailand [viewed]

7 October 2011: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), part of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will finance the development of two solar power plants in Thailand by providing a US$8 million dollar loan and a US$4 million dollar grant.

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Event: UNITAR Workshop on Environmental Negotiations and Climate Change Diplomacy [viewed]

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is organizing this workshop as part of its 2011 Negotiation Training Series. It is designed to equip delegates, particularly those from developing countries, least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), with the skills and knowledge they need to perform efficiently in environmental sustainability and climate change-related negotiations at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD), negotiation processes under the UNFCCC, and other fora.  

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Guest Article #67: Climate Change Negotiations: Keeping Africa Safe [viewed]

The UN Climate Change Conference scheduled to be held in Durban, South Africa, between 28 November to 9 December 2011, represents a critical moment in the international climate change negotiations, and a defining opportunity for African leaders to chart the course towards outcomes that curb the rising threat of climate change, implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol in Africa, and advance the interests and aspirations of all African countries and peoples.

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Global Green Growth Forum Focuses on Energy, Transport, Trade and Finance [viewed]

12 October 2011: Initiated by the Governments of Denmark and the Republic of Korea, in association with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) conference was the first of a series of annual events aimed at creating and expanding public-private partnerships in areas including energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable transport, trade and finance.

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2011 Urban Environmental Accords Summit Focuses on Green Cities [viewed]

13 October 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed addressed the 2011 Urban Environmental Accords (UEA) Gwangju Summit, which convened under the theme of “Green Cities, Better Cities.”

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IFPRI's 2011 Global Hunger Report Focuses on Food Price Volatility [viewed]

12 October 2011: In advance of World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, the International Food Price Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a report titled "2011 Global Hunger Index: The challenge of hunger: Taming price spikes and excessive food prices volatility."

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Event: 64th Meeting of CDM Executive Board [viewed]

The 64th Meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board will focus on the finalization of its annual report and recommendations to the Conference of the Parties serving the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP).  

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Event: CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings [viewed]

This meeting will include the meetings of: the Forest Investment Program (FIP) Sub-Committee; the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Programme (SPREP) Sub-Committee; the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Sub-Committee; the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committee; and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Trust Fund Committee.  

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Norway Launches Energy+ Initiative at Energy for All Conference [viewed]

12 October 2011: During the "Energy for All: Financing Access for the Poor" conference, the Government of Norway launched its Energy+ initiative aimed at mobilizing private capital and public resources for energy access.

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