Poverty Eradication

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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UN Secretary-General: Sustainable Energy Key for Minimizing Climate Change Risk [viewed]

7 December 2011: In his speech at the High-Level Ministerial Dinner of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments to begin steps toward a binding comprehensive global agreement, while accelerating national actions on the ground.

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World Bank to Support Low-Carbon Initiatives in Poorest Countries [viewed]

World Bank6 December 2011: The World Bank announced two new initiatives to support least developed countries' (LDCs) access to finance for low-carbon investments and enable them to tap into carbon markets after 2012, the Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) and the third tranche of the BioCarbon Fund (BioCF T3).

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