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Pacific Island Leaders Call for Support to Address Climate Change and Marine Protection [viewed]

18 May 2012: The Special Body on Pacific Island Developing Countries brought together Pacific island leaders who appealed to the world to help them deal with the impact of climate change and to protect their marine environment to ensure their well-being and survival. The Special Body aimed to review the subregion's position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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FAO Paper Examines Stakeholder Perceptions of Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

FAOMay 2012: As part of the development of guidelines to assist forest managers to respond to climate change challenges and opportunities, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has conducted a survey on perceptions of factors that influence the ability of forest managers to respond to climate change.

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Event: 68th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The 68th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will focus on a four-track strategy to promote shared, sustainable and inclusive growth in the region by promoting market integration, physical connectivity, financial cooperation and joint action to address common vulnerabilities arising from shrinking resources and climate threats. The session will comprise both a senior officials segment (17-19 May), and a ministerial segment (21-23 May). The ministerial segment will include: a roundtable on the "Growing Together: Economic Integration for an Inclusive and Sustainable Asia-Pacific Century;" and a high-level panel on "Steering inclusive development amidst global turbulence and volatility". Paperless Commission Economic Integration for an Inclusive and Sustainable Asia-Pacific Century Survey 2012 Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific coverEconomic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2012 Theme Study on Growing Together Theme Study on Growing TogetherGrowing Together  

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EBRD Announces New Energy Efficiency Phase of its Sustainable Energy Initiative [viewed]

18 May 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is stepping up investments to improve energy efficiency and address climate change via new investment in projects worth up to €25 billion over the next three years, under the new phase of the Bank's Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI).

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Fourth Africa Water Week Focuses on Water for Growth [viewed]

18 May 2012: The fourth Africa Water Week was organized around the theme “Water for Growth in Africa,” and aimed to identify ways to reinforce and build on progress made to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets on water and sanitation, as well as Africa Water Vision 2025. The conference also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW).

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World Bank Supports Modernization of Mexico's Meteorological Service [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$105.26 million loan to strengthen Mexico's National Meteorological Service, allowing for it to respond to climate change-induced weather events by improving water and disaster risk management.

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UNFCCC Publishes Brazil's Workshop Report on Reforestation of Lands with Forest in Exhaustion [viewed]

17 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published Brazil's summary report of the informal workshop on the “Eligibility of Areas Containing Forests in Exhaustion for the Development of A/R CDM Project Activities” (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.10).

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UNFCCC Releases African Group's Submission on Support to the National Adaptation Plan Process [viewed]

7 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a submission from Swaziland, on behalf of the African States, containing information on support to the national adaptation plan process in the least developed countries (LDCs) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.2/Add.1).

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UNFCCC Releases Further Submissions on Financing Results-based Action on REDD+ [viewed]

7 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions by Malawi and Brazil on their views on modalities and procedures for financing results-based actions for REDD+ (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.3/Add.1).

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Event: First Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board [viewed]

The first meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23-25 August 2012. The meeting had initially expected to take place on 31 May 2012, and was postponed pending finalization of the process for nominations from countries to the membership of the Board. At its first meeting, the Board is to start working on the Board's organization and operations, as well as the Fund's first workplan. At its first meeting, the Board also is expected to consider the six offers from countries to host the Fund, from Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland.  

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