Finance

World Bank Approves Hydropower Loan for Viet Nam [viewed]

26 April 2011: The World Bank approved a US$330 million loan for Viet Nam to support a 260 Megawatts multipurpose hydropower project that will help meet growing domestic demand for electricity, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and bring flood control and irrigation benefits to rural and poor communities in Thanh Hoa province.

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IFC Provides Framework for Climate Change Risk Analysis in Port Infrastructure [viewed]

April 2011: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has published a comprehensive framework for assessing the risks of climate change on port operations and options for adapting to risks. The report, titled "Climate Risk and Business: Ports," analyzes the climate-related risks and opportunities facing IFC client Terminal Maritimo Muelles el Bosque, a port in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Event: OECD DAC Green Growth and Development Workshop [viewed]

This Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) workshop will offer an interactive platform for discussion of the relevance of green growth to developing countries. It will involve four chaired roundtable discussions on: how a green growth lens could be applied to development on the way to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); the potential impacts of a global green growth transition on developing and least developed countries; how green growth short-run costs and technology requirements can be met; and opportunities for green growth to influence discussions at UNFCCC COP 17 in December 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  

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Event: Joint Implementation Roundtable [viewed]

The Joint Implementation (JI) Roundtable will be held in Bonn, Germany, immediately preceding the 25th meeting of the JI Supervisory Committee. The purpose of the roundtable is, among other things, to undertake consultations with JI stakeholders on issues relating to JI.  

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Event: Third TICAD Ministerial Follow-up Meeting [viewed]

The Third Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Follow-up Meeting will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-2 May 2011, to review progress on the implementation of the Yokohama Action Plan issued at TICAD IV in 2008, and discuss the future of the TICAD process and progress towards achieveing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), climate change and low-carbon growth and sustainable development in Africa. The conference is organized by the Government of Japan, the UN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the African Union Commission (AUC), and is expected to gather Ministers and delegations of African countries along with representatives of other partner countries, international and regional organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations.  

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First Meeting of Green Climate Fund Transitional Committee Opens [viewed]

28 April 2011: Opening the first meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, highlighted the Committee's task "to propose a design that will make the Green Climate Fund the window into a new era of vastly greater financing for climate action in the developing world."

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UNDP Administrator Visits REDD+ Pilot Site in Indonesia [viewed]

UNDP28 April 2011: During an official visit in Indonesia, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark visited peat swamp areas in Central Kalimantan and met with local officials to discuss their plans for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) pilot initiatives.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBSTA Agenda for Bonn [viewed]

28 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annotated provisional agenda (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/1) for the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).

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European Commission Adopts Decision on Allocation of Free Emission Allowances [viewed]

27 April 2011: The European Commission adopted a Decision on how free emission allowances should be allocated from 2013 to industrial installations covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

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CPF Calls for Increased Community-Based Forest Management [viewed]

22 April 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), which includes 14 international organizations specializing in the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, has called on governments to increase communities' role in forest management.

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