Sustainable Development

EEA Releases Fourth Environment State and Outlook Report [viewed]

30 November 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released its fourth Environment State and Outlook report (SOER 2010), which aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of environmental change in Europe and action taken to shift to a resource-efficient green economy.

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OECD Publishes Paper on Cities and Carbon Finance [viewed]

19 November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a working paper titled “Cities and Carbon Market Finance: Taking Stock of Cities' Experience with Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI).”

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UNDP Cyprus Reports on Sustainability Efforts [viewed]

29 November 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Cyprus office has reported on the implementation of sustainability in its programmes and day-to-day operations.

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World Bank Special Envoy for Climate Change Says Developing Countries are Taking Action on Climate Change [viewed]

26 November 2010: Andrew Steer, the World Bank's Special Envoy for Climate Change, emphasized ahead of the Climate Change meetings in Cancun, that "developing countries urgently need a global deal on climate change but they're not waiting for it."

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UNCTAD LDC Report Highlights Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

25 November 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published "The Least Developed Countries Report 2010" which, among other issues, highlights the vulnerability of LDCs to climate impacts. For example, the report indicates that the LDC small island developing states (SIDS) and LDCs in Asia are particularly vulnerable to the impact of storms and are also the least able to cope with the social and economic fallout from climate-related incidents.

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ACP Holds Conference on Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

23 November 2010: The Department of Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Department of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat organized a conference on 23 November 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss climate change challenges confronting ACP countries.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on NEEDS Project [viewed]

24 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the "Synthesis report on the National Economic, Environment and Development Study (NEEDS) for Climate Change Project," which synthesizes the information contained in the reports of ten of the countries that participated in the project (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.7).

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UNFCCC Publishes Study on the CDM's Contribution to Technology Transfer [viewed]

24 November 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a study on the contribution of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to technology transfer to developing countries, which concludes that the CDM has been a key driver of technology transfer in developing countries.

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UN-HABITAT Releases Report on African Cities and Urban Land Markets [viewed]

23 November 2010: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has launched a report on "The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequalities and Urban Land Markets." The report was announced in Bamako, Mali, during the third African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD III).

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GEF Council Expands Small Grants Programme [viewed]

18 November 2010: The 39th Meeting of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council approved US$134 million for the next phase of the Small Grants Programme (SGP), which awards up to US$50,000 in funds for  projects by civil society and community based organizations.

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