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The GEF Council functions as the main governing body of the GEF. Its 32 members meet twice a year, with each representing a group of countries (‘constituency') including both donors and recipients of GEF funding. GEF funding is channeled to several focal areas, namely: biological diversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, ozone layer depletion and persistent organic pollutants.
28 December 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have entered into an agreement to cooperate to facilitate the transfer of environmentally-sound technologies to Cambodia.
21 December 2010: The European Communication has released a communication on carbon market oversight, as a first step towards the possible formulation of a legislative proposal in 2011.
20 December 2010: In a press release, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observes that the successful Cancun Climate Change Conference must be followed up with higher global emissions cuts and the rapid launch of new institutions and funds “to show the world that a new era of international cooperation on climate change is an established fact.”
20 December 2010: The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a report aiming to provide the first comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping, which describes technological solutions and analyzes policy options for reducing carbon emissions in the sector.
18 December 2010: Representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and Australia met in Turkeyen, Guyana, on 17 December 2010, for the inaugural CARICOM-Australia High-level Meeting on the Development Assistance Partnership.
17 December 2010: Four UN organizations received accreditation to the Adaptation Fund at the Adaptation Fund Board Meeting in Cancun, Mexico, on 15 December 2010.
17 December 2010: The Eighth Plenary Meeting of the Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development was held in Tokyo, Japan, from 16-17 December 2010, and was attended by over 180 representatives of 56 countries, 20 international organizations and 18 groups.
Convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the National Parks Board of Singapore and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, this regional consultation and capacity-building workshop will focus on biodiversity and indigenous and local community aspects of REDD+, including relevant safeguards.