Finance

UNGA Holds Debate on LDC Financing [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a day-long debate on 11 March 2011, in New York, US, on investment and financing for least developed countries (LDCs), with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighting that those countries need more and better targeted support from the outside in order to build their manufacturing and services sectors, and to mitigate the impact of climate change.

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UNFCCC Establishes Portal for Parties' Submissions [viewed]

March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has created a common portal, where submissions from parties can be viewed.

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UNECE Holds Workshop on Participation in International Forums [viewed]

7 March 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has reported on a two-day workshop, which convened from 23-24 February 2011, on public participation in international forums (PPIF), including at the latest session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and in the Rio 2012 process.

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Commonwealth Consultative Group on Environment Discusses Green Growth [viewed]

4 March 2011: The 17th session of the Commonwealth Consultative Group on Environment (CCGE) was held on 23 February 2011, at UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, on the sidelines of the 26th Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, to discuss future Commonwealth work on environmentally sustainable development and climate finance.

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CBD Publishes Booklet on REDD+, Biodiversity and Livelihoods [viewed]

March 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), have published a booklet titled "Biodiversity and Livelihoods: REDD-plus Benefits."

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World Bank Approves Loan for Disaster Recovery and Preparedness in St. Lucia [viewed]

10 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$15 million zero-interest credit to help Saint Lucia rehabilitate key infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Tomas and improve its capacity to manage disaster risk.

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World Bank Approves Energy Efficiency and Security Loan for Jamaica [viewed]

10 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$15 million loan to support an energy efficiency and security project in Jamaica. The project is expected to result in detailed policies and plans on renewable energy, to reduce the country's high dependence on imported petroleum products and move to cleaner fuels.

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UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting Documents Released [viewed]

8 March 2011: Documentation for the UN-REDD Programme's sixth Policy Board meeting, taking place from 21-22 March 2011, in Da Lat, Viet Nam, is now available online.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Registers First CDM Project [viewed]

8 March 2011: The Democratic Republic of the Congo has successfully registered its first Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project, the Ibi Batéké Carbon Sink Plantation Project.

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Guest Article #56: Green Growth: Time to Reframe the Way We Think About Growth [viewed]

In many countries, Green is the colour of hope. So, how “green” are we in 2011? The substantive achievements of COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico, were a crucial step in the international effort to address climate change and re-injected hope, trust and confidence in multilateral cooperation. But in order for this cooperation to be effective, we need to support it with major policy shifts at home.

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