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ESCAP Report Identifies Opportunities for Climate-Smart Goods and Technologies [viewed]

25 July 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has released the "Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2011: Post-crisis Trade and Investment Opportunities," which concludes that trade in the Asia-Pacific region has rebounded to pre-crisis levels and the potential of climate-smart goods remains untapped.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (Pacific Islands) [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Expanded Constituency Workshop will gather participants from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.  

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WTO Completes Third Review of Aid for Trade Initiative [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Third Global Review of the Aid for Trade Initiative, organized by the World Trade Organization (WTO), reviewed case stories on the results of the Aid for Trade Initiative in different regions and discussed indicators to measure the impact of the Aid for Trade initiative on economic growth, employment and poverty alleviation, as well as on gender empowerment and environmental sustainability.

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GEF Approves Four REDD+ SFM Projects in New Funding Window for Forests [viewed]

19 July 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approvoved the first four projects to access incentive funds available for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) under the GEF Incentive Mechanism for Forests.

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ESCAP Emphasizes Governance and Water Management for Sustainable Water Resources [viewed]

5 July 2011: In a statement to the fourth Singapore International Water Week, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), emphasized that sound governance is crucial for the sustainable management of water resources that are threatened by pollution, natural disasters and climate change.

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PIFS, SPREP Coordinate "Writeshop" for Renewables and Desalination Projects [viewed]

14 July 2011:  The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) coordinated a "writeshop" that aimed to help over 40 participants prepare proposals for the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund and the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP).

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UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD [viewed]

13 July 2011: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), summarized his recent speech in Washington, DC, US, in a new post to his blog. He elaborated on eight “new and emerging challenges” that States and other stakeholders have highlighted for priority attention. The challenges include energy access, green jobs, sustainable agriculture, marine resources and financing.

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EEA Releases Reports on Water in a Changing Environment [viewed]

15 July 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on hazardous substances emitted into fresh and marine waters, noting climate change impacts, and another report on climate change impacts on water services and health.

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UN Secretary-General in Finland: Sustainable Development is UN's Top Priority [viewed]

15 July 2011: During his official visit to Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with President Tarja Halonen and called for greater attention to sustainable development, highlighting that climate change is a growing threat to people and economies worldwide.

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UNESCO, Japan Launch Project on Flood Forecasting in Pakistan [viewed]

11 July 2011: In cooperation with the Government of Japan, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a project aimed at upgrading the flood forecasting and early warning systems of Pakistan, and to conduct risk mapping of flood plains along the Indus River.

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