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UNEP and GEF Release Results of Country Lighting Assessments [viewed]

1 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has released the results of Country Lighting Assessments for over 100 countries. The Assessments, part of the en.lighten Initiative, were released on the sidelines of the Cancun Climate Change Conference.

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GEF Endorses Projects on Biodiversity, Climate Change, International Waters and POPs [viewed]

November 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) gave a final green light to a series of full-sized projects during the month of November, which allows their final approval by implementing agencies to commence activities, including on: biodiversity conservation in Venezuela, Lao PDR and Ecuador; climate change in Chile; and removal of HCFCs in the Russian Federation.

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EEA Releases Fourth Environment State and Outlook Report [viewed]

30 November 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released its fourth Environment State and Outlook report (SOER 2010), which aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of environmental change in Europe and action taken to shift to a resource-efficient green economy.

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OECD Publishes Report on Corporate Green Growth Activities [viewed]

29 November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report titled "Green and growth go together: The business case for a low-carbon economy."

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Third South-South Expo Focuses on Capacity in Research and Technology Development [viewed]

26 November 2010: The Third Annual Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) took place from 22-26 November 2010, at International Labour Organization (ILO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and showcased over 100 partnerships and solutions to poverty challenges that have been developed by developing countries themselves.

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OECD Publishes Paper on Cities and Carbon Finance [viewed]

19 November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper titled “Cities and Carbon Market Finance: Taking Stock of Cities' Experience with Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI).”

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Event: First Sustainable Infrastructure Financing Summit [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is partnering with Global Energy Basel to convene this event. The event focuses on the challenge of financing investment in low-carbon, resilient infrastructure necessary to both mitigate and adapt to climate change. It will feature investment forums, high-level roundtable discussions and specialized panels related to challenges and opportunities for sustainable infrastructure investment.  

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UNDP Cyprus Reports on Sustainability Efforts [viewed]

29 November 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Cyprus office has reported on the implementation of sustainability in its programmes and day-to-day operations.

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Climate Change Negotiators Open Talks in Cancun [viewed]

29 November 2010: The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun opened on 29 November 2010 and is scheduled to conclude on 10 December 2010. The conference will include the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the UNFCCC and the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 6).

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World Bank Special Envoy for Climate Change Says Developing Countries are Taking Action on Climate Change [viewed]

26 November 2010: Andrew Steer, the World Bank's Special Envoy for Climate Change, emphasized ahead of the Climate Change meetings in Cancun, that "developing countries urgently need a global deal on climate change but they're not waiting for it."

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