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World Bank Scales Up Investments in Water Management, Climate Resilience in Southern Africa [viewed]

World Bank20 May 2013: The World Bank is scaling up investments in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho and Zambia, as well as to transboundary organizations in basins such as the Zambezi River basin, to cope with climate change, water scarcity and regional difficulties related to the management of transboundary waters.

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Event: Third Global Green Growth Forum [viewed]

The third Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) aims to be a platform for developing new or enhancing existing public-private partnerships for promoting green growth and will be hosted by the Danish Government in partnership with the Governments of China, Kenya, Korea, Mexico and Qatar. With an overall focus on improving resource efficiencies in the value chain, the event will also focus on the following thematic areas: energy, water, food and greening the value chain. It will also provide an opportunity for green growth leaders to discuss ways to finance green growth, create demand for green growth and enhance economic incentives for the transition to a green economy.  

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UNGA Discusses Climate Change and Energy-Water Nexus in Post-2015 Context [viewed]

UNGA16 May 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a thematic debate, titled “Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Practical Solutions in the Energy-Water Nexus,” which brought together environment and development experts to discuss the linkages among climate change, energy supply and water availability in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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European Commission Adopts Green Infrastructure Strategy [viewed]

European Union 6 May 2013: The European Commission adopted a green infrastructure strategy designed to: promote green infrastructure in the main policy areas; improve research and data, strengthen the knowledge base and promote innovative technologies; improve access to finance for green infrastructure projects; and support EU-level green infrastructure projects.

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ICT Symposium Adopts Roadmap on Smart, Sustainable Cities [viewed]

ITU logo9 May 2013: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are critical in creating smart sustainable cities and addressing climate change, according to participants at the Eighth International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change. Participants adopted a 'Turin Roadmap' that calls on ITU to promote smart technologies in cities and develop key performance indicators to assess ICTs impacts in cities and countries around the world.

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UNCCD News Highlights Importance of Drought Strategies and Resilience [viewed]

UNCCD logo9 May 2013: The latest issue of 'UNCCD News,' published by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), focuses on the issue of drought and, in particular, the outcomes from the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP).

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Event: FT/IFC Investing in Climate Business Forum [viewed]

Organized by the Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), this event focuses on the role of the private sector in addressing climate change through opportunities in green energy, clean technology and water in the emerging Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  

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ADB Invests in Hydro and Wind Power in India [viewed]

ADB1 May 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) made a US$30 million equity investment in NSL Renewable Power Private Ltd. (NRPPL) for the construction of hydropower and wind power projects designed to generate 530 gigawatt-hours of electricity in India. The projects are expected to decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 400,000 tons per annum after 2017.

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UNDP Reports on Environment and Sustainable Development Work in 2008-2012 [viewed]

UNDPApril 2013: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Environment and Energy Group (EEG) has released a report, titled ‘Towards Transformational Change: UNDP's Work in Environment and Sustainable Development 2008-2012.' The publication features a collection of stories from around the world in four strategic areas: mainstreaming environment and energy; mobilizing environmental finance; promoting adaptation to climate change; and expanding access to environmental and energy services for the poor.

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Report of the Adaptation Fund Board's 20th Meeting Released [viewed]

Adaptation Fund6 May 2013: The Adaptation Fund has released the meeting report from the 20th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), during which it approved a new project in Argentina, and placed projects in Belize, Ghana and Uzbekistan in the pipeline.

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