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GBEP Newsletter Highlights Progress on Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy [viewed]

1 July 2010: The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has published its eighth newsletter, which discusses, inter alia, the recent G8 Summit in Muskoka, Canada, GBEP's new partners, and new online resources for greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement.

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GEF Council Approves Major Reforms in New Funding Cycle [viewed]

2 July 2010: The 38th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council took place in Washington DC, US, from 29 June-1 July 2010, and approved major reforms aimed at helping developing countries to meet international environmental challenges, including those related to climate change and biodiversity.

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UN-REDD Approves US$8.7 Million for REDD+ Readiness [viewed]

2 July 2010: The UN-REDD Programme's Policy Board approved an additional US$8.7 million to fund global activities aimed at supporting national REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks) readiness.

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International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources Opens Call for Proposals [viewed]

July 2010: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has opened its biennial call for proposals to access funds from the $10 million Benefit-sharing Fund. The thematic focus for this call is on ensuring sustainable food security by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change through activities related to the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-LCA Agenda for August Meeting [viewed]

30 June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional annotated agenda (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/9) for the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 11), which will take place from 2-6 August 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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ECOSOC Concludes Second Development Cooperation Forum [viewed]

30 June 2010: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held its second high-level Development Cooperation Forum on 29-30 June 2010, in New York, US, built around multi-stakeholder dialogues covering various types of global development cooperation, aid allocation and effectiveness, and policy coherence.

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UN-REDD, UNFF Present at Commonwealth Forestry Conference [viewed]

1 July 2010: Ravi Prabhu, Senior Programme Officer for the UN-REDD Programme, and Jan McAlpine, Director of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), delivered presentations at the Commonwealth Forestry Conference, taking place in Edinburgh, UK, from 28 June–2 July 2010. The theme of the Conference, which takes place every four to five years, is “Restoring the Commonwealth's forests: Tackling climate change.”

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World Bank Approves Electricity Efficiency Project in Ghana [viewed]

29 June 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved an International Development Assistance (IDA) credit of US$70 million equivalent for a project in Ghana aimed at improving the operational efficiency of the electricity distribution system and increasing the population's access to electricity.

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World Bank Supports Adaptation in the Philippines [viewed]

29 June 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a pilot project in the Philippines, called the Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP), which is designed to enable targeted rural communities to cope with the impact of climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-LCA and AWG-KP June Meeting Reports [viewed]

28 June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report (FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/7) of the 12th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the report (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/7) of the tenth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), held in Bonn, Germany, from 1-11 June 2010.

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