Finance

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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ACTO Ministers Forward Declaration to Rio+20 and Adopt Manaus Commitment [viewed]

ACTO22 November 2011: At their XI meeting in Manaus, Brazil, the Foreign Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) countries adopted a declaration to be forwarded to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and a "Manaus Commitment" pledging new actions for ACTO cooperation.

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Malawi Workshop on Climate Change Diplomacy Discusses CC:Learn Project [viewed]

UN CC:Learn21 November 2011: Participants at a Training Workshop on Climate Change Diplomacy, which was organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), heard a presentation on the UN CC:Learn project titled “Strengthening Human Resources and Skills Development to Address Climate Change.”

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OECD Paper Recommends Reforms for Mexico's Energy Subsidies [viewed]

OECD at 5014 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled “Fiscal Reform for a Stronger Fairer and Cleaner Mexican Economy,” which claims that Mexico's current energy subsidy structure favors higher-income energy users and hinders the transition to low-carbon sources of energy.

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UNDP's Poverty in Focus Magazine Focuses on Social Sustainability [viewed]

Poverty in Focus - Issue #23November 2011: The latest issue of the Poverty in Focus magazine, published by the International Policy Centre (IPC) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), looks at the inter-related dimensions of growth, gender, poverty and environment, including climate change mitigation and adaptation related issues.

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New OECD Publication on Climate Change Indicates Political Courage Needed in Durban [viewed]

OECD at 5024 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a preview of the climate change messages found in the 2012 “OECD's Environmental Outlook to 2050,” which prompted OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría to warn governments that negotiations must speed up to meet internationally-agreed climate goals.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Outlines Planned Activities for Durban [viewed]

UN-REDD Newsletter - Novermber 201123 November 2011: The November issue of the UN-REDD Newsletter highlights a number of recent activities and reports related to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks), and outlines UN-REDD's planned activities at the Durban Climate Conference.

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World Bank Launches Climate Data Access Portal, Launches Apps Competition [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2011: The World Bank has launched a new Climate Change Knowledge Portal as part of its Open Data Initiative, which links users to over 250 climate indicators and includes visualization tools depicting temperature and rainfall scenarios to the year 2100.

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World Bank Approves Additional Financing for Turkey's Electricity from Renewables Program [viewed]

World Bank22 November 2011: The World Bank has approved additional financing for US$500 million to tap Turkey's significant renewable energy potential from hydro, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and other resources.

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