Poverty Eradication

January 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank AFDB21 January 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) made a number of investments in the water and sanitation sector in January 2014, including in Albania, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Madagascar, the Russian Federation, Togo and Viet Nam, for projects aimed at improving basic urban services, providing rural access to water supply and sanitation, expanding hydromet systems to monitor hydrological information, and improve the climate resilience of irrigated agriculture and water supply and sanitation services, among others.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Action on Poverty, Climate Change [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 January 2014: During an informal meeting of the Plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined UN challenges for 2014, noting that the post-2015 development agenda “must fully reflect the importance of institutions, governance and the rule of law as essential ingredients for success.” 

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Mountain Partnership Calls for Including Mountains in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership10 January 2014: Representatives from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru called for including mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during an event on the margins of the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Also at the event, which took place on 8 January 2014, in New York, US, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat introduced two policy briefs highlighting sustainable mountain development as a priority. 

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Bolivia Assumes Chair of G-77-China [viewed]

G77 and China8 January 2014: Bolivia took over from Fiji as Chair of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) during a special ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York. Bolivian President Evo Morales attended the event, during which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the General Assembly (PGA) John Ashe urged the Group to work collectively towards reaching: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); a unified and universal post-2015 development agenda, with poverty eradication as the overarching goal; and a new global climate agreement.

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World Bank, GEF Support Land and Water Management in Sudan [viewed]

World Bank - GEF18 December 2013: The World Bank and Government of Sudan have signed a $7.74 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support integrated landscape management for sustainable livelihoods.

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ESMAP Annual Report Reviews Work on SE4ALL, Low Carbon Development [viewed]

ESMAP28 December 2013: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has published its annual report for 2013, marking the 30th year since ESMAP's founding. The report highlights programmes, results, outputs and budgetary information from 2013, and looks ahead at work to be undertaken in coming years.

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Last Update of 2013 [viewed]

IISD Happy Holidays CardWe at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication on our knowledgebases on 6 January 2014. Thank you for your support during 2013.

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UN Secretary-General Outlines Tasks Ahead in 2014 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw16 December 2013: Addressing the UN press corps in an end-of-year news conference on 16 December 2013, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said 2014 will be “crucial for development,” and offered his vision for the Climate Change Summit he will convene.

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ADB, Australia and Cambodia Sign Grant Agreement for Cookstoves, Rural Electrification [viewed]

ADB9 December 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of Australia have signed a US$6.1 million grant agreement with the Government of Cambodia, for a project that is expected to bring over 90,000 improved cookstoves to Kampong Cham province, and over 620km of electrical lines to Svay Rieng province. 

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ESMAP Event Considers How to Hasten Progress on SE4ALL Goals [viewed]

ESMAP6 December 2013: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank hosted a Knowledge Exchange Forum on the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative to explore how the international community might better collaborate to achieve SE4ALL's energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency goals.

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