Finance

World Bank Report Highlights Potential for Portable Solar Lighting in Africa [viewed]

23 November 2010: The World Bank has released a report titled "Solar Lighting for the Base of the Pyramid: Overview of an Emerging Market," which underlines that, by 2015, solar portable lights could provide access to clean and safe lighting to an estimated 65 million Africans who are currently either un-electrified or under-electrified.

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UNFCCC Publishes Turkey's COP 16 Outcome Submission [viewed]

19 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a submission from Turkey (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/MISC.8) under the agenda item preparation of an outcome to be presented to the Conference of the Parties (COP) for adoption at its 16th session to enable the full, effective and sustained implementation of the Convention through long-term cooperative action now, up to and beyond 2012.

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UNDP Publishes Report on Tackling Corruption Risks in Climate Change [viewed]

17 November 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report titled "Staying on Track: Tackling Corruption Risks in Climate Change," which focuses on corruption risks involved with adaptation and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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Pacific Solution Exchange Launches Discussion on Effective Resourcing for Climate Change [viewed]

17 November 2010: The Pacific Solution Exchange has launched a facilitated online discussion on the topic of “Effective Resourcing to Address Climate Change,” and is inviting participants to share views, experiences and good practices from within the Pacific, from other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), and internationally, in addressing this issue.

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UNFCCC Releases AWG-KP Scenario Note for Cancun [viewed]

16 November 2010: The UNFCC Secretariat has published the scenario note (FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/16) for the 15th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 15), which will take place in Cancun, Mexico, beginning on 29 November 2010.

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Coordinator of High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing Briefs UN Delegates [viewed]

23 November 2010: An informal meeting of the plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 23 November 2010, to hear a briefing by Daniele Violetti, Coordinator of the Secretariat for the Secretary-General's High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, on the Group's final report.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Regional Training Programme on Technology Transfer Project Preparation [viewed]

23 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of its regional training programme on preparing technology transfer projects for financing, which took place between 2008 and 2010 (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/INF.6).

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Areas for Agreement [viewed]

22 November 2010: In his address to the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted deforestation, adaptation, technology, capacity building and the future of the Kyoto Protocol as areas that are "ripe for agreement."

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Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning Discusses COP 16 at Press Conference [viewed]

22 November 2010: At a press conference on the upcoming Cancun Climate Change Conference, Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning, stated that progress could be achieved on a number of issues, namely deforestation, technology transfer and stronger financing.

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GEF Council Expands Small Grants Programme [viewed]

18 November 2010: The 39th Meeting of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council approved US$134 million for the next phase of the Small Grants Programme (SGP), which awards up to US$50,000 in funds for  projects by civil society and community based organizations.

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