Finance

Nominations Sought for Private Sector Observers to Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

15 December 2009: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is seeking nominations for private sector observers to two sub-programmes in the Climate Investment Funds (CIF): the Forest Investment Program (FIP) and Scaling up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) Funds.

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UN Secretary-General Designates Wangari Maathai as UN Messenger of Peace [viewed]

wangari-maathai14 December 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on the environment and climate change.

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Climate Investment Funds Approve US$5.5 Billion for Clean Energy Technology and Launch Renewable Energy Programme [viewed]

14 December 2009: The development banks' Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have launched a new programme called "Scaling up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP)," with pledges of US$210.7 million.

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EIB and Others Launch Infrastructure Fund [viewed]

4Eib December 2009: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and other European leading public financial institutions have launched "Marguerite," a pan-European equity fund that aims to act as a catalyst for infrastructure investments implementing key EU policies in the areas of climate change, energy security and trans-European networks.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on World Leaders in Copenhagen to “Do What the Moment Requires” [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon14 December 2009: In a press conference held prior to his departure to Copenhagen, Denmark, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that decades of efforts to tackle climate change will "come down to this one critical week."

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Forest Day 3 Supports Including REDD in Copenhagen Outcome [viewed]

14dic_09_00213 December 2009: The third Forest Day event convened in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 13 December 2009.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Summarizes First Week of Copenhagen Negotiations [viewed]

Yvo De Boer Unfccc11 December 2009: In two press conferences held in Copenhagen, Denmark, Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, provided an update on the state of the negotiations at the end of the first week of the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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FAO Publishes Report on Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

14dic_09_00711 December 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a collection of three technical papers that present an overview of knowledge on "Climate Change and Implications for Fisheries and Aquaculture."

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EU Agrees on Fast-start Climate Financing [viewed]

Eu Swedish Presidency11 December 2009: EU Heads of State and government have agreed on climate "fast start funding" amounting to EUR 2.4 billion per year from 2010 to 2012. The EU now expects the rest of the world to contribute to reach EUR 7 billion.

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UNEP Launches Climate Pledge Tracker [viewed]

Unep11 December 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched an online "climate pledge tracker," which presents the current country pledges and the remaining gap for reaching the goal of maintaining global warming at or under 2ºC compared to pre-industrial levels. The Climate Pledges website is updated as new proposals are made during the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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