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Asia-Pacific Governments Adopt Agenda for Inclusive and Resilient Growth [viewed]

UNESCAP2 May 2013: 
The 69th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) met under the theme, 'Building resilience to natural disasters and major economic crises,' and concluded with the adoption of 17 resolutions aiming to balance the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development for regional well-being.

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Report of the Adaptation Fund Board's 20th Meeting Released [viewed]

Adaptation Fund6 May 2013: The Adaptation Fund has released the meeting report from the 20th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), during which it approved a new project in Argentina, and placed projects in Belize, Ghana and Uzbekistan in the pipeline.

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ADP Continues Discussing Elements for a 2015 Agreement and Pre-2020 Ambition [viewed]

world-conference-center-bonn6 May 2013: “Countries discussed concrete solutions to speed up and scale up action and they are committed to sticking to their own timetable,” said Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, reporting on discussions held during the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2).

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CIFOR Balances Great Ape Conservation and Poverty Alleviation [viewed]

CIFORMarch 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a report on great ape conservation and poverty alleviation. The report considers REDD+, tourism, human-wildlife conflict, and great ape biology.

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Event: International Symposium on Sustainable Cities: Empowering Local Governments through Capacity Building [viewed]

The UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) will host this international symposium to strengthen dissemination and sharing of good practices and lessons learned on fostering sustainable cities, in recognition of the role of cities in protecting the environment, improving disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience and reducing poverty. The symposium aims to identify strategies to strengthen local government institutional and technical capacity to address poverty reduction and slum upgrading, urban development, urban economic growth, urban transport and water and sanitation. The symposium also aims to identify areas for further capacity building and knowledge sharing and to identify innovative financing models to support urban infrastructure. The event will bring together representatives of governments, including and local government and planning officials, UN agencies, multilateral and regional development banks, the private sector and civil society in plenary sessions, working group sessions and panel discussions. The symposium is planned to overlap with the ‘Incheon Sister and Friendly Cities Conference,' which will be held in Incheon on 28 September 2013, and include mayors from cities around the world. The two events will have a joint closing session that will discuss advancing and implementing the sustainable urbanization agenda.  

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Pilot Program for Climate Resilience Meeting Discusses Monitoring and Reporting Systems [viewed]

cif_logo3 May 2013: Over 70 participants attended the seventh meeting of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) for pilot countries and participating regions, which provided countries and regional organizations with opportunities to share challenges and experiences in implementing their programmes to enhance climate resilient development.

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GEF, UNIDO Collaborate to Promote Clean Technology Innovation in India [viewed]

GEF UNIDO3 May 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of India have launched the GEF-UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Cleantech Programme for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for India, also referred to as India Cleantech.

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Event: First Meeting of the CTCN Advisory Board [viewed]

The Advisory Board of the CTCN will meet from 14-15 May 2013, in Copenaghen, Denmark. The meeting is expected to discuss, among other issues: strategies, issues and mandated deliverables for the upcoming meetings of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies and Conference of the Parties (COP); its programme of work for 2013-2014; and vision of the members on the work to be carried out by the Advisory Board.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the ADAPT Asia-Pacific Programme and Pacific Climate Change Financing Workshop [viewed]

The Second Meeting of the ADAPT Asia-Pacific, a programme funded by USAID aimed at sharing information and best practices to facilitate governments to build capacity to access international climate change adaptation funds, will be held from 3-4 June 2013, in Nadi, Fiji. It will be preceded by the Pacific Climate Change Financing Workshop, which will be held from 30 May-1 June. The workshop aims to provide an opportunity for stakeholders involved in climate change financing to collaborate in engaging with Pacific Island countries' Governments and strengthen efforts on climate change and its effective resourcing in the region. The events are organized in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).  

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UNFCCC Publishes Addendum to the Budget for 2014-2015 [viewed]

UNFCCC6 May 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum to the proposed programme budget for the biennium 2014–2015, which summarizes the work programme for the UNFCCC Secretariat for that period, and outlines the amount of core budget and supplementary resources required to implement its mandates and achieve its expected results (FCCC/SBI/2013/6/Add.1).

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