Finance

IEA Publishes Report on Costs of Electricity Generation [viewed]

25 March 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) have released the seventh edition of the Projected Costs of Generating Electricity. The report presents the relative costs of generating electricity from various fuels and technologies in 21 countries, concluding that no one technology “triumphs overall” and that specific national circumstances affect choices of generation methods.

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Event: Fifth GEF Replenishment Meeting [viewed]

The last meeting of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) will seek to reach a final agreement on the size of the next GEF Trust Fund replenishment (2010-2014), and criteria to allocate funding.  

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Financing for Development Dialogue Discusses Monterrey Consensus and Doha Declaration [viewed]

24 March 2010: The Fourth UN High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development, which convened in New York, US, on 23-24 March 2010, focused on “The Monterrey Consensus and Doha Declaration on Financing for Development: Status of Implementation and Tasks Ahead.” The High-level Dialogue was organized in the lead up to the forthcoming high level review on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), scheduled to take place in September this year at the same venue.

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UN-REDD Programme Board Holds Fourth Meeting [viewed]

26 March 2010: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board met for its fourth meeting from 18-19 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, and approved US$14.7 million in funding for national UN-REDD programmes in Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. This decision brings the total amount of funding for UN-REDD national programmes to US$48.3 million.

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Global GHG Standard for Cities Launched [viewed]

23 March 2010: During the fifth session of the World Urban Forum, being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 22-26 March 2010, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), and the World Bank jointly launched a Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Standard for cities.

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UNFCCC Publishes European Regional Workshop Report [viewed]

18 March 2010: The UNFCC  has published the report (FCCC/SBI/2010/2) on the European regional workshop on Article 6 of the Convention, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 18 -20 May 2009.

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UN General Assembly Holds High-Level Dialogue on Water [viewed]

22 March 2010: To mark World Water Day, the UN General Assembly held a High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the International Decade for Action on “Water for Life” 2005-2015, and the realization of the internationally agreed water-related development goals. The Dialogue was held on 22 March 2010, and was organized around panels on: Water and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); Water, Climate Change and Disasters; and Water and Peace and Security.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on Costs and Benefits of Adaptation Options [viewed]

22 March 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a Synthesis report (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/3) of information contained in submissions from parties and relevant organizations, and other relevant sources, on efforts undertaken to assess the costs and benefits of adaptation options.

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UNFCCC Publishes Provisional AWG-KP 11 Agenda [viewed]

22 March 2010: The UNFCCC has published the annotated provisional agenda (FCCC/KP/AWG/2010/1) for the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 11), which is due to convene in conjunction the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 9), from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany.

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GEF Supports Study on Forest Protected Areas [viewed]

16 March 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has supported a study titled “Indigenous Lands, Protected Areas, and Slowing Climate Change,” which was published in PLoS Biology. The study involved scientists from 13 different organizations and research institutions, and finds that forest protection offers one of the most effective, practical and immediate strategies to combat climate change.

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