Sustainable Development

IDB Funds Energy Efficiency in the Caribbean [viewed]

28 January 2009: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently approved three projects to support energy efficiency in the Caribbean. The Bahamas will receive US$1.45 million to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of the Environment and support ongoing efforts to reform the country's regulatory, financial and fiscal frameworks, in order to achieve a sustainable energy matrix and to encourage energy efficiency in public, commercial and residential buildings.

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UNEP Report Highlights Climate Change's Threat to Water Sources [viewed]

 Hundreds of Millions of South Asians Face Increasing Water Stress

6 February 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Asian Institute of Technology have produced a report titled “Freshwater Under Threat: South Asia,” which highlights, inter alia, the threat climate change poses to the freshwater supply of hundreds of millions of people.

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UNITAR and VEOLIA Environnement Renew Cooperation on Climate Change and Capacity Building [viewed]

Lopes

3 February 2009: Carlos Lopes, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Executive Director, and Henri Proglio, VEOLIA Environnment Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, have renewed the cooperation contract between UNITAR's Local Development Programme and VEOLIA Environnment. 

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World Bank's Climate Investment Funds Committee Identifies Recipient Countries for Adaptation Funds [viewed]

World Bank

30 January 2009: The Trust Fund Committees for the World Bank's Climate Investment Funds met on 27-30 January 2009, and identified which countries will be offered funding under the PPCR within the US$6 billion Climate Investment Funds. Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Tajikistan and Zambia have been invited to submit projects to the World Bank's Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), which will provide about US$500 million for scaled up action and transformational change in integrating climate resilience in national development planning.

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UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane Provides Guidance for Coal Mine Methane Projects [viewed]

UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane

2 February 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a document providing guidance on concerns raised in the carbon credit market about reliable carbon credit supplies from Coal Mine Methane (CMM) projects worldwide.

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WMO to Hold Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture [viewed]

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

February 2009: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) with the Drylands Development Centre of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme are organizing an International Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in West African Agriculture in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, which is tentatively scheduled for March 2009.

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IUCN Releases Reports on Sustainable Bioenergy Production and Linkages between Energy, Ecosystems and Livelihoods in the Face of Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

January 2009: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published two reports on sustainable bioenergy production and on linkages between energy, ecosystems and livelihoods.

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UN Secretary-General in Davos: Climate Change is “only one truly existential threat” [viewed]

UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

29 January 2009: In two events delivered at the World Economic Forum taking place in Davos, Switzerland, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that within the current multiple crises, climate change is the “only one truly existential threat” and called on the world's leaders to use the current economic crisis to launch a new Global Compact entailing a “Green New Deal.”

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World Bank Releases Technical Report on Development and Climate Change [viewed]

World Bank Releases Technical Report on Development and Climate Change

28 January 2009: The World Bank has released an extensive technical report that serves as a background document for its strategic framework for climate change approved in 2008, titled “Development and Climate Change: A Strategic Framework for the World Bank Group.”

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CDM Methodologies Panel Report and Annexes Released [viewed]

UNFCCC Secretriat

28 January: The report of the 36th meeting of the Panel on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) baseline and monitoring methodologies and its annexes are now available on the CDM website. The meeting convened from 19-23 January 2009, at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany.

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