Finance

UNFCCC Publishes SB Documents [viewed]

27 May 2011: Among the documents that the UNFCCC Secretariat has published in the run up to the 34th sessions of the subsidiary bodies, which will take place place from 6-16 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany, are documents on the status of contributions, the status of submission and review of fifth national communications, and the third workshop under the work programme of SBSTA to revise the UNFCCC Annex I reporting guidelines.

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GEF Council Approves Programme that Includes Great Green Wall Initiative [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, together with the tenth meeting of the Council of the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), has approved an integrated land-use programme to fund investments to address priorities set by 12 African countries in West Africa and the Sahel.

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European Commission Unveils Public Consultation Results on Environmental Financing [viewed]

26 May 2011: The European Commission has published the results of the online consultation on the future of LIFE+, the EU environmental funding tool. Respondents have expressed their views on the need for a specific financial instrument for the environment and climate action, on ways to boost its added value, and on the architecture of such an instrument in the next programming period.

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Event: UNITAR/WTI Course on Trade and Climate Change [viewed]

This course is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and World Trade Institute (WTI) as part of their suite of joint e-Learning courses on international trade policy and regulation. The aim of the course is to explore key legal and economic issues arising from the climate change debate, including the relationship between the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) that address climate change. It will also examine the legality under international trade rules, of domestic and international trade measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and measures designed to influence the behavior of trading partners. The course will begin on 20 June, and continue until 15 July.  

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IDB Invests in Solar Energy in Brazil [viewed]

26 May 2011: The Inter-American Development (IDB) is supporting a solar project in Tauá, in Northeast Brazil, that will be the first ever large scale power generation project to connect a photovoltaic (PV) system into the national interconnected system in Brazil.

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GEF Council Adopts Decision to Broaden GEF Partnership, New Funds Pledged [viewed]

26 May 2011: The 40th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has adopted a decision on broadening the GEF Partnership under Paragraph 28 of the GEF Instrument, which establishes criteria and accreditation procedures for allowing new entities into the Partnership during a pilot phase.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Non-Aligned Movement Conference [viewed]

25 May 2011: In a message delivered by El‑Mostafa Benlamlih, UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, to the 16th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined areas in which joint action by the UN and the Non-Aligned Movement "is essential," namely building a safer world, responding to climate change and fighting extreme poverty.

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UNICEF, EU Support Nomadic Communities' Response to Climate Change [viewed]

24 May 2011:  The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the EU are supporting sustainable programmes to address water scarcity exacerbated by climate change by empowering nomadic communities in Kenya and Ethiopia to take responsibility for their access to safe water and sanitation.

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UNDP Supports Solar-Powered Systems in Lebanon [viewed]

UNDP24 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Government of Spain, is supporting the project "Country Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration for the Recovery of Lebanon (CEDRO)," which aims to increase use of renewable energy sources, provide an alternative to expensive and polluting diesel generators, and reduce the consumption of national electricity supplies.

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UNFCCC Publishes Scenario Note for AWG-LCA 14 [viewed]

23 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the scenario note (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/6) on the second part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), which will take place from 7-17 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany.

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