Finance

GCF Approves 10 Private Sector and Civil Society Experts for Advisory Group [viewed]

Green Climate Fund (GCF)7 March 2014: At its February board meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved the nomination of ten private sector and civil society experts who will serve on its Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG). The PSAG will make suggestions on how the Fund, including its Private Sector Facility (PSF), should engage the private sector to catalyze, mobilize and leverage flows of private climate finance in developing countries and make use of knowledge on best available technologies.

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Event: Fifteenth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change [viewed]

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) will host its 15th Dialogue on Forest, Governance and Climate Change, on 19 March 2014. Participants at the event in Washington, DC, US, will take stock of the agreement reached on REDD+ at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference as well as international efforts to promote the establishment of forest carbon rights in forested countries. The discussion is expected to consider opportunities and challenges presented by these developments and steps to ensure that the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other local communities are enhanced and safeguarded. Topics to be addressed include: what happened in Warsaw with implications for carbon rights and safeguards?; the status of forest carbon rights today; the World Bank methodological framework: status, challenges and opportunities; and the way forward on carbon rights, safeguards and REDD.  

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UN-HABITAT Calls for Re-Thinking African Approaches to Urbanization [viewed]

UN-HABITAT3 March 2014: Africa's development trajectories may not deliver broad human development and prosperity for all, given Africa's rapid urbanization, massive population growth and urban poverty, according to ‘The State of African Cities 2014: Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions,' a report by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). 

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African Agriculture Workshop Focuses on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFSMarch 2014: Representatives from government, international organizations, climate science and farmer organizations met at a three-day workshop to share experiences on how development and implementation of national climate change policies, strategies and action plans have interacted with the adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in Africa.

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PROFOR Supports REDD+ Benefit Sharing and Forest Governance Assessments [viewed]

PROFOR27 February 2014: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has released a number of updates on its activities and programmes in support of forest and REDD+ benefit sharing and forest governance.

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Partnership for Action on a Green Economy Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

page-greeneconomy5 March 2014: The inaugural meeting of the UN-led Partnership for Action on a Green Economy (PAGE) explored national pathways and policies for the green economy, and provide guidance to governments on achieving a green economy transition. Over 30 ministers and high-level officials from more than two dozen countries met with UN officials, international experts, representatives from the business community and civil society.

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Switzerland, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and the EU Release ADP Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC4 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions of Switzerland, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and the EU to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), ahead of the fourth part of its second session, which will take place from 10-14 March 2014, in Bonn, Germany.

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Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary Appointed GGGI Director-General [viewed]

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) 3 March 2014: Yvo de Boer, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and current KPMG Global Chair of Climate Change & Sustainability Services, has been appointed Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). De Boer will begin his four-year term on 15 April 2014.

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CIFOR Calls for Inputs on Landscape Approaches to Food Production [viewed]

CIFOR1 March 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released its February news update highlighting the upcoming Forests Asia Summit, which will be held under the theme ‘Sustainable landscapes for green growth in Southeast Asia.'

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IEA Assesses Cost-Effectiveness of Variable Renewable Energy [viewed]

IEA26 February 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a book exploring how power systems with high shares of variable renewable energy (VRE), such as wind and solar, can remain reliable and cost-effective. Its key finding is that a high share of renewables can be affordable  in any country context.  

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