Finance

Guest Article #70: How Developing Countries Can Speed Up Climate Finance [viewed]

Climate change is one of today's most pressing threats to achieving sustainable development goals around the world. Countries must transform their economies and angle their growth with policies and actions across multiple sectors that lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce vulnerability to climate shocks and cut poverty.

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UNFCCC Announces 2011 DNA Communicators of the Year Showcase Winners [viewed]

28 November 2011: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) designated national authorities (DNAs) of Spain, Saudi Arabia, Côte d'Ivoire and Colombia have been announced as the winners of the 2011 DNA Communicators of the Year Showcase. The showcase was launched in 2010 to share and recognize DNAs' work in promoting the CDM in their countries.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Expert Meeting on REDD+ Issues [viewed]

27 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report on the expert meeting on forest reference emission levels and forest reference levels for implementation of activities for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.18).

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CDM Executive Board Adopts Standards, Tools and Procedures for CDM Projects [viewed]

25 November 2011: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), at its 65th meeting, adopted various comprehensive standards, tools and procedures to guide the assessment work of third party certifiers and project participants, including standards for the demonstration of additionality and application of methodologies.

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IWMI Conference in Nepal Highlights Uncertainty on Future Water Availability [viewed]

23 November 2011: At the National Conference on Water, Food Security and Climate Change in Nepal, scientists and policy makers discussed recent models on predicted availability of water in Nepal, highlighting that they have shown wildly divergent predictions for water flow based on different climate projections.

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UNDP-EU Partnership Focus on Low Emission Capacity Building [viewed]

UNDPNovember 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the European Commission (EU) and the Government of Germany (BMU), is implementing the EU-UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme in 14 countries. The initiative aims to strengthen technical and institutional capacities at the country level and facilitate the integration of public and private sector activities to address climate change.

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Durban Climate Change Conference Expected to Operationalize Cancun Initiatives [viewed]

Durban Climate Change Conference - November 201128 November 2011: The UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, opened on 28 November 2011, and will continue until 9 December. The event includes the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the seventh Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7).

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Ozone COP/MOP Does Not Address HFCs Phase-Down [viewed]

Indonesian Minister for Environment, Balthasar Kambuaya, banging a gong to officially open the high-level segment25 November 2011: Parties to the Montreal Protocol have agreed to a US$450 million replenishment of the Multilateral Fund to the Montreal Protocol (MLF), in order to phase-out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), ozone depleting substances (ODS) with high-global warming potential (GWP).

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FAO Releases Brief on REDD+ and Sustainable Agriculture [viewed]

FAO24 November 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a policy brief titled "Building bridges between REDD+ and sustainable agriculture: Addressing agriculture's role as a driver of deforestation."

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SPC, GIZ to Finance Adaptation Activities to Conserve Fisheries [viewed]

Jimmie Rodgers, SPC Director-General, and Robert Kressirer, GIZ Country Director (Philippines and the Pacific)24 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have signed two financing agreements, committing the two organizations to provide assistance to Pacific coastal communities to adapt to the effects of climate change through improved conservation and sustainable use of fisheries resources.    

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