Energy

UNCTAD LDC Report Highlights Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

25 November 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published "The Least Developed Countries Report 2010" which, among other issues, highlights the vulnerability of LDCs to climate impacts. For example, the report indicates that the LDC small island developing states (SIDS) and LDCs in Asia are particularly vulnerable to the impact of storms and are also the least able to cope with the social and economic fallout from climate-related incidents.

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Marshall Islands Prepare National Climate Change Framework Policy [viewed]

23 November 2010: The Marshall Islands are preparing a national climate change framework policy (NCCFP) to provide a blueprint to build resilience to climate change, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Climate Change Programme, the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change project of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Pacific Adaptation Strategies Assistance Programme and the Pacific Islands Applied Geosciences Commission.

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Phnom Penh Declaration on Economic Cooperation Strategy Adopted [viewed]

17 November 2010: The Heads of Government of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 17 November 2010, for the fourth Summit of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), adopted a declaration addressing agricultural, energy and environmental cooperation, among other items.

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UNEP to Assist Maldives in Becoming Carbon Neutral [viewed]

12 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced it is collaborating with GTZ and the Government of the Maldives to assist the country in becoming carbon neutral by 2020.

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FAO Releases Case Studies of Woodfuels in Brazil, Mexico and India [viewed]

November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a Forests and Climate Change Working Paper titled "Woodfuels and climate change mitigation: Case studies from Brazil, India and Mexico."

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GEF STAP Publishes Transport Projects Manual [viewed]

November 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) has published a "Manual for Calculating Greenhouse Gas Benefits from GEF Transportation Projects."

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World Bank Approves Environmental Projects in Mexico Ahead of COP 16 [viewed]

23 November 2010:  The World Bank has approved a package of three initiatives totaling US$713.24 million to bolster Mexico's efforts to "green" its economy. The initiatives focus on climate change public policies, efficient lighting and appliances, and adaptation.

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World Bank Launches Corporate Responsibility Website [viewed]

24 November 2010: The World Bank has launched a new Corporate Responsibility website showcasing its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint since 2002.

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World Bank Report Highlights Potential for Portable Solar Lighting in Africa [viewed]

23 November 2010: The World Bank has released a report titled "Solar Lighting for the Base of the Pyramid: Overview of an Emerging Market," which underlines that, by 2015, solar portable lights could provide access to clean and safe lighting to an estimated 65 million Africans who are currently either un-electrified or under-electrified.

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2010 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report Released [viewed]

23 November 2010: The 2010 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report was released on 23 November 2010, by the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat, to provide an overview of work undertaken from May 2009 to mid 2010 by Forum Island member countries and the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies to implement the Pacific Plan priorities endorsed in 2009.

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