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World Bank's Climate Investment Funds Committee Identifies Recipient Countries for Adaptation Funds [viewed]

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30 January 2009: The Trust Fund Committees for the World Bank's Climate Investment Funds met on 27-30 January 2009, and identified which countries will be offered funding under the PPCR within the US$6 billion Climate Investment Funds. Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Tajikistan and Zambia have been invited to submit projects to the World Bank's Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), which will provide about US$500 million for scaled up action and transformational change in integrating climate resilience in national development planning.

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ADB Funds Energy Efficiency Lighting in the Philippines [viewed]

ADB to Help Philippines Save $100 Million Yearly Fuel Cost by Using Energy-Efficient Lights

2 February 2009: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a US$31.1 million loan for an energy-efficiency project in the Philippines that will provide 13 million energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) to homeowners and businesses as part of a government push to save about US$100 million every year in fuel costs, and a deferral of an investment of US$450 million in power generation and associated network capacity. 

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World Bank Reports on CDM Wind Power Project in the Philippines [viewed]

The World Bank's carbon finance program provides clean electricity to poor communities and helps reduce emission of harmful greenhouse gases that cause climate change. It has also catalyzed the emergence of the carbon market that is transforming renewable energy financing in the Philippines.

2 February 2009: The World Bank has reported the success of a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) wind-power project in Bangui Bay, where the Bank's carbon finance programme is funding a wind farm with a 33 MW capacity and the possibility to provide half the province's power needs.

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UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane Provides Guidance for Coal Mine Methane Projects [viewed]

UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane

2 February 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a document providing guidance on concerns raised in the carbon credit market about reliable carbon credit supplies from Coal Mine Methane (CMM) projects worldwide.

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UNFCCC Executive-Secretary and UNEP Executive Director Call for Broad Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

 Davos Climate Focus: Ban Urges Leaders to Think Green & Steiner Promotes Design for Good

30 January 2009: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner participated in a panel on “Rising to the Challenge of Copenhagen,” at the World Economic Forum on 29 January 2009, in Davos, Switzerland. The panel was moderated by Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times, and included Jacques Aigrain, Swiss Re CEO, Al Gore, former US Vice-President and Nobel Laureate, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, and Jeroen van der Veer, Royal Dutch Shell CEO.

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EU Ministers for Development Cooperation Discuss Access to Local Sustainable Energy Sources [viewed]

Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers

30 January 2009: EU Ministers for Development Cooperation held an informal meeting from 29-30 January 2009, under the auspices of the Czech Presidency in Prague, Czech Republic. Ministers agreed that the EU's development aid should focus on Least Developed Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, which will be hit particularly severely by the world economic slowdown.

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World Bank Invites Youth to Write about Climate Change [viewed]

World Bank Invites Youth to Write about Climate Change

January 2009: The World Bank has launched its annual international essay competition. This year's edition focuses on how young people up to 25 years old are affected by climate change, and how to tackle it with youth-led solutions.

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World Bank's Annual Development Marketplace to Focus on Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

Development Marketplace

January 2009: The World Bank has launched its annual Development Marketplace competition for seed grants, which will be focused on innovations for climate change adaptation.

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WMO Hosts European Earth Observation and Monitoring Meeting [viewed]

28 January 2009: A joint annual meeting of Global Earth Observation and Monitoring (GEOmon) and Infrastructure for Measurements of the European Carbon Cycle (IMECC) was hosted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland, from 26-30 January 2009.

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ECA Executive Secretary Urges African Participation at COP 15 [viewed]

Statement by Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECA

29 January 2009: In a statement delivered at the 14th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), noted that although Africa' s economic performance is commendable, it is not sufficient to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the continent now faces the pressing challenges of global financial crisis, climate change and the maintenance of peace and security. He stressed that the continent will bear most of the burden of climate change, and called for mainstreaming mitigation, adaptation, financing and technology issues into the African policy agenda.

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