Poverty Eradication

World Bank Scales Up Support to Kenya Health Sector Project [viewed]

World Bank20 December 2011: The World Bank has approved the scaling up of its support to Kenya to address the impacts of the current drought by $56.8 million. Support to the Kenya Health Sector Support Project is expected to benefit 90,000 pregnant and lactating women, and nearly 400,000 malnourished children in the affected areas.

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UN Releases Joint Publication on Social Dimensions of Climate Change [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN High-Level Committee on Programmes Working Group on Climate Change has released a draft report highlighting the social dimensions within the climate change international negotiations and country implementation.

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UNECE MDG Report Highlights Development Disparities Within and Between Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 29 emerging economies in the UNECE region, gathering 10 post-transition EU Member States as well as 12 post-Soviet republics in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and 7 countries in South-Eastern Europe.

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2011 SEED Awards Focus on African Entrepreneurs [viewed]

15 December 2011: The 2011  Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Awards, announced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), were granted to 35 entrepreneurs from 14 countries for their inspiring grassroot businesses that contribute to meeting current sustainable development challenges.

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UN Secretary-General Takes Stock of 2011 [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General14 December 2011: At a year-end press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that 2011 delivered warnings about our common future, highlighting the disaster at Fukushima and record floods in Pakistan, Thailand, Colombia and El Salvador, which he qualified as "a vivid reminder of the increasing incidence of extreme weather."

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PIFS Announces Launch of Pacific Climate Futures [viewed]

8 December 2011: The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has announced the launch of the Pacific Climate Futures, an initiative of the Pacific Climate Change Science Program. The web-based tool is intended to assist decision makers and planners in 15 Asia-Pacific countries in understanding how their respective climates have changed, and how it may change in the future.

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IPC-IG Inclusive Growth Bulletin Presents Learning Materials on Development Policy [viewed]

UNDPDecember 2011: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published the October-December issue of its Inclusive Growth bulletin. The bulletin contains highlights from new IPC-IG publications and events.

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GEF-managed Least Developed Countries Fund Receives New Pledges [viewed]

GEF10 December 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has reported that several donor countries pledged new support to the GEF-managed Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) for climate change adaptation during the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa.

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UN and South African Government Support Access to Sustainable Energy [viewed]

UNDP9 December 2011: UN agencies and the Government of South Africa have launched a pilot project that aims to provide access to clean energy to communities outside of Durban. The project is expected to deliver clean cooking, lighting systems and solar-heated water for clinics and schools in Ilembe District.

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High-level Dialogue Calls on Negotiators to Listen to Science [viewed]

7 December 2011: A High-level Dialogue and Adaptation Roundtable on “Global Sustainability in a Changing Climate” concluded with the adoption of the Durban Vision Statement, which sought to inspire progress during the Durban Climate Change Conference and “provide a bridge" to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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