Finance

World Bank Invites Arab Countries' Researchers to Contribute to Adaptation Report [viewed]

12 April 2011: The World Bank has invited climate change researchers from Arab countries to contribute to the World Bank Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional Climate Change Flagship Report, titled "Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries."

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World Bank Reports on Climate Sector Lending [viewed]

22 April 2011: The World Bank has reported that it closed its 2010 fiscal year (FY) with an all-time record in renewable energy and energy efficiency financing, as well as a new record in the Bank Group's low-carbon financing.

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UNFCCC Publishes Corrigendum to Cancun Report [viewed]

20 April 2011: The UNFCCC  Secretariat has published a corrigendum (FCCC/CP/ 2010/7/Corr.1) to the report of the Conference of the Parties on its 16th session (COP 16), which convened in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November-10 December 2010. The corrigendum, under proceedings, concerns lists of representatives who made statements at the high-level segment. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Loss and Damage Work Programme [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.1) on views and information on elements to be included in the work programme on loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

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World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings Highlight Food Security Threat and Support Green Climate Fund [viewed]

16 April 2011: The Development Committee, which advises the Board of Governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on development issues, met on 16 April 2011. It cautioned that economic overheating in some sectors, especially food and energy, is resulting in price pressures and volatility, putting developing countries and especially their most vulnerable populations at risk.

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FAO Releases Publications on Forestry in Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

April 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released reports on forests and forestry in the Asia-Pacific region, looking forward to 2020, and including subregional reports and analyses for Southeast Asia, East Asia, the Pacific and the Greater Mekong. An additional report examines "Forest policies, legislation and institutions in Asia and the Pacific. Trends and emerging needs for 2020."

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Event: Major Economies Forum: Brussels April 2011 [viewed]

The Brussels meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) is co-hosted by Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, and Michael Froman, US Deputy National Security Adviser for international economic affairs. This is the first MEF session since the Cancún Climate Change Conference. The agenda includes implementation of the Cancún Agreements, climate finance, the legal form of a future global climate framework, the Kyoto Protocol, and goals for the Durban Climate Change Conference.  

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Event: Stakeholder Meeting to Develop an Action Plan on Forests and the Green Economy [viewed]

The Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is organizing a meeting with stakeholders across the UNECE region (Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America) to discuss the development of an action plan on forests and the green economy. Discussion will focus on: Sustainable Wood Consumption and Production; Low-carbon Forest Sector; Valuation of and Payments for Ecosystem Services; Monitoring and Governance; and Green Jobs. The action plan, once finalized, will be reviewed by the UNECE Timber Committee and FAO European Forestry Commission at their joint session, scheduled from 10-14 October 2011 in Antalya, Turkey. It will then be presented as a regional sectoral example at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in June 2012.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter20 April 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the March/April edition of its newsletter, which features an article on the March 2011 Policy Board meeting held in Da Lat, Viet Nam, where partner country representatives, civil society organizations and donors spoke to the UN-REDD Programme about their evolving commitment to REDD+ and the value of their partnership with the Programme.

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World Bank Study Highlights Growth Potential for China's Electric Vehicles Industry [viewed]

20 April 2011: A new World Bank study, titled "The China New Energy Vehicles Program: Challenges and Opportunities," estimates that the growth of electric vehicles over the next 10 years is expected to be significant, with industry forecasts suggesting that global plug-in vehicle sales will contribute between 2-25% of new vehicle sales by 2025.

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