Sustainable Development

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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ALBA Nations Adopt Declaration Opposing Commodification of Nature [viewed]

5 November 2010: The Ministerial Committee for the Defense of Nature of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas – Treaty of Commerce of the People (ALBA-TCP) adopted a declaration opposing the concept of "green economy," in which nature is seen as "capital" for producing tradable goods and services.

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Event: Cancun Global Business Day: Building Bridges [viewed]

This event is organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The day will focus on the concept of “building bridges” – increasing the dialogue between business and government and within the global business community to deliver action and to prevent unacceptable climate change.  

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Event: Joint Expert Meeting of IPCC WGII and WGIII on Human Settlement, Water, Energy and Transport Infrastructure - Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies [viewed]

This expert meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will further explore issues related to human settlements and infrastructure as an input to the AR5 process.  

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Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa Concludes 11th Meeting [viewed]

18 November 2010: The 11th Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM-Africa), which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 14-15 November 2010, has concluded its deliberations on the best approaches to coordinate efforts to support the African Union (AU) and its New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) programme.

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IFAD Supports Regional Project on Livelihoods and Climate Change [viewed]

15 October 2010: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will be supporting a three-year research for development project with partners in Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan and Yemen. 

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Event: First Session of the IRENA Assembly and Fifth Preparatory Commission for IRENA [viewed]

The fifth session of the Preparatory Commission for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which will take place on 3 April 2011, will be followed by the first session of the Assembly of IRENA, on 4-5 April 2011.  

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European Commission Outlines Options for Agriculture [viewed]

18 November 2010: The European Commission has published a Communication on "the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) towards 2020 – Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future," which outlines reforms aimed at making the European agriculture sector more dynamic, competitive, and effective in stimulating sustainable, smart and inclusive growth.

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IEA OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin Discusses Electric Vehicles and Clean Energy Policies [viewed]

18 November2010: The Committee on Energy Research and Technology of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the latest issue of its OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, which discusses IEA related publications, events, policy analysis, and new research projects.

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EIB Supports Climate-resilient Water Projects in Samoa [viewed]

17 November 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide technical support for sustainable and climate-resilient water projects in Samoa. EIB support will target the rehabilitation and upgrade of independent water schemes in Samoa under a EUR 250,000 technical assistance programme, which will also ensure community participation and improve drinking water quality and climate resilience.

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