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Global Platform Calls for Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and DRR into Development Planning [viewed]

13 May 2011: The Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) took place from 9-13 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme “Invest Today for a Safer Tomorrow – Increased Investment in Local Action.” The meeting built on the findings and recommendations of the 2009 Global Platform's second session, as well as the results of the Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), and the 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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FAO Launches Web Portal on Capacity Development on Climate Change [viewed]

13 May 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has a new web portal that focuses on learning materials and sources for capacity development on climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Additional SBI Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

13 May 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published further documents that will be considered by the 34th session of the  Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls on Governments to "Pick up Speed and Focus on All Fronts" [viewed]

12 May 2011: During a press conference held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, noted that governments are "seriously examining" ways of avoiding a "regulatory void" if the Kyoto Protocol is "allowed to lapse without a replacement mechanism in place by December 2012."

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CIFOR Releases Publications on REDD+ [viewed]

May 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a number of publications relevant to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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Event: Carbon Expo 2011 [viewed]

The Carbon Expo is jointly organised by the International Trading Emissions Association (IETA), the World Bank and Fira de Barcelona, and sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It is an annual gathering of representatives from countries, business, carbon traders, technology providers, verifiers and certifiers to discuss carbon markets and projects, network and find about the latest trends in this field.  

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High Level Taskforce Calls for Establishment of Global System for Climate Services [viewed]

12 May 2011: The High Level Task Force on a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which emerged from the World Climate Conference 3 of 2009, has released a report titled "Climate Knowledge for Action: A Global Framework for Climate Services - Empowering the Most Vulnerable." The report recommends the establishment of a global system to provide information to help manage climate risks and opportunities.

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EBRD Supports Energy Efficiency in Western Balkans [viewed]

10 May 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has granted a €4 million loan to the Macedonian Bank, NLB Tutunska Banka, in support of investments in energy efficiency in Western Balkans. The loan will be used for on-lending to the private sector for investments in industrial energy efficiency, energy efficiency in commercial buildings and small renewable energy production.

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ADB Meeting Focuses on Green Business, Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

6 May 2011: The 44th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) took place in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 3-6 May 2011, and addressed, among other issues, green business opportunities, climate change and food security.

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