Asia

UN/ISDR Urges Governments to Encourage DRR in Private Sector [viewed]

21 October 2011: In light of the current floods affecting eight million people across South East Asia, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has underscored the shortcomings of disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on REDD+ Methodological Guidance [viewed]

19 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published views (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.7) on methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

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Indonesia and Malawi Join UN CC:Learn Pilot Countries [viewed]

14 October 2011: The UN CC:Learn Steering Group has selected two additional countries to participate in the 2011-2013 pilot implementation phase of the UN CC:Learn's “Pilot Projects to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development.” The selection was made with support provided by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).

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World Resources Report Focuses on Decision Making in a Changing Climate [viewed]

18 October 2011: The World Resources Institute (WRI), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank have released the latest edition of the World Resources Report titled “Decision Making in a Changing Climate.”

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World Bank Institute Highlights India's Energy Certificates Scheme [viewed]

14 October 2011: As part of a South-South learning initiated by the World Bank Institute, delegates from Kenya, the Philippines and Thailand participated in a two-day Knowledge Exchange with India's public and private sector to learn about their experiences using energy certificates. 

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UNECE Supports Forestation Project of the Dry Bed of the Aral Sea [viewed]

UNECE13 October 2011: Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and Saghit Ibatullin, Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), have announced a regional project on the forestation of the dry bed of the Aral Sea.

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IFC and CIF Fund Solar Plants in Thailand [viewed]

7 October 2011: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), part of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will finance the development of two solar power plants in Thailand by providing a US$8 million dollar loan and a US$4 million dollar grant.

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GEF, UNCCD Publish Book on Sustainable Land Management Projects [viewed]

October 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariats have jointly published a book on sustainable land management (SLM) projects, highlighting the impact of many of these projects in achieving SLM, as well as experiences and lessons learned.

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IFPRI's 2011 Global Hunger Report Focuses on Food Price Volatility [viewed]

12 October 2011: In advance of World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, the International Food Price Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a report titled "2011 Global Hunger Index: The challenge of hunger: Taming price spikes and excessive food prices volatility."

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Pakistani Cities Commit to UN/ISDR's Resilience Campaign [viewed]

10 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that over 30 cities in Pakistan have joined the UN disaster reduction campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City Is Getting Ready!”

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