Finance

World Bank Exceeds Target on Investments in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency [viewed]

© World Bank 10 September 2009: The World Bank Group's investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and programs in developing countries rose 24% in the last fiscal year to reach US$3.3 billion.

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CBD Experts Finalize Report on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

11 September 2009: The report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change, established under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), has been finalized and will be published as CBD Technical Series no. 41, Connecting Biodiversity and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation – Report of the Second Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Biodiversity and Climate Change.

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GEF Publishes Booklet on its Efforts to Combat Land Degradation and Desertification Globally [viewed]

© GEF September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a booklet portraying its activities to combat land degradation and desertification.

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GEF Publishes Report on its Strategies and Models for Investing in Energy Efficiency [viewed]

© GEF10 September 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published a report entitled “Investing in Energy Efficiency: The GEF Experience.”

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UN Secretary-General to Convene Summit on Climate Change [viewed]

© UN8 September 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene a Summit on Climate Change on 22 September 2009, to focus the attention of Heads of State and Government on the need for urgent action and to mobilize the political will needed to reach a fair, effective and scientifically ambitious global climate agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.

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UNCTAD Report Calls for Proactive Policies, Including Subsidies and Public Acquisition of Patents for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© UNCTAD7 September 2009: The Trade and Development Report 2009, by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), addresses both how to respond to the global economic crisis and the role of climate change mitigation in development.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Asahi World Environment Forum [viewed]

© UNFCCC7 September 2009: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer addressed the Asahi World Environment Forum, held from 7-8 September 2009, in Tokyo, Japan, where he lauded the newly elected Democratic Party's intention to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25% below 1990 levels by 2020.

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World Bank Extends Deadline for Comments on Implementation of Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change [viewed]

© World Bank8 September 2009: In order to help disseminate its climate-related work since the adoption of the Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change in 2008, the World Bank has issued a booklet titled “Development and Climate Change: The World Bank Group at Work,” which is now translated into Spanish and French and posted on the Bank's website.

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OECD Publishes Policy Brief on Cost-Effective Actions to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

© OECD8 September 2009: The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a policy brief summarizing OECD analyses showing that the cost of action to mitigate climate change would be minimized if a cost-effective set of policy instruments, with a focus on carbon pricing, were applied as broadly as possible across all emission sources, including all countries, sectors, and greenhouse gases.

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South Asia Regional Climate Change Conference Highlights Vulnerabilities of South Asia to Climate Change [viewed]

© Kathmandu 1 September 2009: Government leaders meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, for the South Asia Regional Climate Change Conference “A Vision for Addressing Climate Change Risks and Vulnerabilities in the Himalayas” issued a Final Statement noting that South Asia, including the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region, is a climate change hot spot that influences the lives of half of the world's population, is highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, and is characterized by critical knowledge gaps, especially of mountain ecosystems within and across its constituent units.

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