Poverty Eradication

Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa Identifies Development Opportunities [viewed]

ccda-iii24 October 2013: With approximately 500 participants from government, academia and civil society, the Third Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa focused on identifying approaches to strengthen Africa's ability to better prepare for transformational development in the face of climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Launches SE4ALL Energy Efficiency Hub [viewed]

United Nations23 October 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) opened a new global center for Energy Efficiency  as part of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The Energy Efficiency Hub (EE Hub), in Copenhagen, Denmark, will seek to help “drastically increase” energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment.

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ADB Study Estimates Cost of Climate Change in East Asia [viewed]

ADB17 October 2013: Protecting East Asia's most vulnerable sectors from climate change would cost US$36.6 billion annually, less than 0.3% of the region's GDP, according to the 'Economics of Climate Change in East Asia,' a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre Newsletter Highlights New Renewable- and Poverty-Reducing Energy Projects [viewed]

fs-unep-centre10 October 2013: The fourth newsletter of the Frankfurt School-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance highlights activities related to a new E-Learning Programme in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance, a microfinance institution project in Nepal and Ethiopia, and the UN CC:Learn pilot project in the Dominican Republic, among other items.

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Financing for Development [viewed]

UNGA16 October 2013: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) took up its agenda item on financing for development and macroeconomic policy. In a meeting on 16 October 2013, in New York, US, Member States discussed global trade, sovereign debt, official development assistance (ODA), poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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World Energy Council Offers Ten-Point Agenda for Change [viewed]

world-energy-congress15 October 2013: The World Energy Council (WEC) has released a ten-point action plan and detailed guide to creating a framework to help governments, industry and key decision makers to address the inter-related challenges of energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability.

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Development Committee Endorses World Bank Group Strategy [viewed]

World Bank12 October 2013: On the occasion of the World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) 2013 Annual Meeting, the Development Committee, which advises the two institutions, approved a new World Bank Group Strategy. The Strategy defines how the World Bank, the International Financial Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) should work together to deliver as ‘One World Bank Group.'

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World Bank Assesses Strategies to Fund Post-2015 Development [viewed]

World BankOctober 2013: A report from the World Bank calls for an expansion of actors and instruments and greater aid effectiveness in order to fund development needs in the post-2015 era. 'Financing for Development Post-2015' argues that "the world is experiencing a growing mismatch between available financing and investment needs."

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Greater Financial Investment in Climate Change [viewed]

idfc13 October 2013: Addressing the annual meeting of the International Development Finance Club in Washington D.C, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for greater financial investment in climate change and stressed the role of the private sector. 

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AfDB Launches Green Bond Programme for Financing Climate Solutions [viewed]

AfDB11 October 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched its inaugural Green Bond, which aims to provide funding for low-carbon and climate-resilient projects, focusing on, inter alia, programmes for sustainable energy and resilient landscapes. It furthers AfDB's aim to increase the use of public-private partnerships to meet development challenges.

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