Finance

World Bank Distributes CFL Lightbulbs in Ethiopia [viewed]

2 September 2010: The World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) and the Ethiopian Government designed a comprehensive demand-side programme to relieve pressure from Ethiopia's electricity supply grid, including the free distribution of five million compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to consumers in exchange for their incandescent bulbs.

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ADB Launches First Clean Energy Bond [viewed]

1 September 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched its first Clean Energy Bond, targeted at Japanese retail investors, to support clean energy projects in Asia and the Pacific.

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Accra Declaration on MDGs in Crisis Settings Issued [viewed]

20 July 2010: The representatives of 12 crisis-affected countries, including representatives of the G7+, met in Accra, Ghana, on 19-20 July 2010, to participate in a workshop organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in countries affected by conflict.

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Event: UNITAR Course on Climate Change Diplomacy [viewed]

This online course is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to facilitate international negotiations, public sector work, and diplomatic engagement in relation to climate change by enabling enhanced understanding of the science of climate change, its international policy framework, and the key negotiation issues pertinent to a post-2012 climate change agreement.  

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UNFCCC Releases AWG-LCA 11 Report [viewed]

26 August 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/11) of the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 11), held in Bonn, Germany, from 2-6 August 2010.

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Solomon Islands Qualifies for Adaptation Fund [viewed]

26 August 2010: Solomon Islands is the first country in the Pacific, and the fourth country worldwide, to qualify for the Adaptation Fund under the UNFCCC, which will finance projects in vulnerable developing countries aimed to help adapt their agricultural resources and food security to climate change threats.

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UNFCCC Releases SBI 32 Report [viewed]

25 August 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the 32nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 32), held in Bonn, Germany, from 31 May-9 June 2010 (FCCC/SBI/2010/10).

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IFPRI Publishes Paper on Impacts of US and EU Biofuels Policies [viewed]

August 2010: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a discussion paper titled “Modeling the Global Trade and Environmental Impacts of Biofuel Policies,” which provides an economic analysis model of the indirect land-use change effects related to biofuel, and in particular bio-ethanol, policies.

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OECD Publishes Review of Republic of Korea's Green Growth Strategy [viewed]

July 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper titled “Korea's Green Growth Strategy: Mitigating Climate Change and Developing New Growth Engines,” which assesses the Republic of Korea's strategies to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% by 2020.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Group of Eminent Persons for LDCs [viewed]

27 August 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a Group of Eminent Persons to examine development problems faced by Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

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