Finance

EBRD Supports Sustainable Urban Transport Strategy in Poland [viewed]

30 August 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has granted a loan to co-finance the acquisition of new, energy efficient rolling stocks in Poland.

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WTO Director-General Speaks on Multilateral Economic System of the Future [viewed]

6 September 2011: In a speech on the multilateral trading system of the future, World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy highlighted that the boundaries between climate change and trade policies are increasingly blurred.

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IDB Fund Invests in Renewable Energy in Chile [viewed]

IDB6 September 2011: The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will invest up to US$5 million in the Chilean Renovarum Renewable Energy Fund, a project that invests in low-carbon and climate-friendly technologies.

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IDB to Support Establishment of Voluntary Carbon Market in Colombia [viewed]

IDB5 September 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$10.5 million project to establish a system of Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs) in Colombia, with the aim of cutting over half a million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over four years through a voluntary trading system.

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Event: World Bank Institute Global Dialogues on Climate Change: Human Resources and Technology [viewed]

This dialogue will address the new types of education, technologies, skills, knowledge and expertise that will be required for a robust response to climate change and a transition to a green economy. The dialogue session will bring together a number of high-level technical government representatives and practitioner via video conferencing, and will allow participation and comments by online participants.  

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UNEP Convenes High Level Meeting on Geothermal Opportunities in African Rift Region [viewed]

2 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) facilitated a meeting with member countries of the African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) to raise awareness of the opportunities associated with geothermal issues. Participants discussed ways in which ARGeo member countries can benefit ARGeo's support services, to accelerate the development of their geothermal resources.

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Event: Ninth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change [viewed]

At the Eighth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, Ministers welcomed the offer of China to host the Ninth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change on 31 October-1 November. A meeting of experts will be held alongside this Ministerial meeting.  

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Pakistan, WMO Strengthen Flood Forecasting Services [viewed]

31 August 2011: The Pakistan Meteorological Department and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have worked together over the 2010-2011 period on Pakistan's Integrated Flood Management Plan, following the flood disaster of 2010, which affected over 20 million people and caused almost 2,000 deaths.

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BASIC Ministers Call for Durban to Advance All Aspects of Negotiations [viewed]

28 August 2011: Ministers from the BASIC Group of countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) convened in Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil, from 27-28 August 2011, in a meeting that formed part of South Africa's preparations for hosting the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP  17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban later this year.

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World Bank Institute Hosts Video Conference on Urban Efforts to Mitigate Emissions [viewed]

World Bank16 August 2011: The World Bank Institute (WBI) hosted a video conference and live chat on how major cities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, discussing topics including urban mobility, integrated waste management, and technological applications for energy demand management.

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