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UNFCCC Releases Views on the New Market-based Mechanism [viewed]

UNFCCC7 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a new submission from Costa Rica on behalf of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama and Peru, containing their views on the new market-based mechanism (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.6/Add.1).

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UNFCCC Releases Bolivia and Ecuador's Submissions on a Framework for Various Approaches [viewed]

UNFCCC7 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Bolivia and Ecuador containing their views on a framework for various approaches (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.4/Add.1). The submissions relate to the agenda item of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) on the development of proposals to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, bearing in mind different circumstances of developed and developing countries.

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Publication Surveys Electric Vehicle Policies in 16 Asian, European and North American Cities [viewed]

EV City Casebook5 May 2012: An International Energy Agency (IEA) supported publication, titled "EV City Casebook: A Look at the Global Electric Vehicle Movement," addresses best practices for electric vehicle usage.

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EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy Sees Declarations on Urbanization, Energy Security, and Electricity Markets [viewed]

European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang3 May 2012: European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang met in Brussels, Belgium, in the First EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy, which saw the signing of a number of agreements and declarations.

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CIF Trust Fund Committees Approve Climate Resilience, Renewables and Forestry Projects [viewed]

4 May 2012: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held meetings of the Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR) Sub-Committee, the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) Sub-Committee, the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committee, the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Trust Fund Committee, and the Forest Investment Program (FIP) sub-Committee, and approved new projects on climate resilience, renewable energy and forests.

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World Bank Publishes Comprehensive Book on Low Carbon Urban Development in China [viewed]

Sustainable Low-Carbon City Development in China3 May 2012: The World Bank published a book titled, “Sustainable Low-Carbon City Development in China,” offering practical lessons to policymakers in China to organize and coordinate sustainable low-carbon urban development.

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IFC Launches Website and Brochure for China Energy Efficiency Finance Programme [viewed]

May 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has launched a new website and brochure on the China Utility-Based Energy Efficiency Finance Program (CHUEE) to promote a market-based solution to China's energy efficiency challenges.

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World Bank Supports Sustainable Land Management in Moldova [viewed]

World Bank1 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$18 million credit and US$4.4 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to provide funding for a programme in Moldova aimed at supporting the competitiveness of the agro-food sector.

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Event: Bangkok: Managing the Regional Risks of Climate Extremes and Disasters - Learning from the IPCC Special Report [viewed]

This event is part of a series of briefings that will seek to publicize the findings of the IPCC Special Report SREX to policy makers, practitioners and private sector audiences. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prepared a Special Report titled "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters for Advancing Climate Change Adaptation" (SREX), and launched the report's Summary for Policy Makers on 18 November 2011, with the full report released in hard copy in March 2012. To follow up on this report, the IPCC, the Overseas Development Institute, Norway's Climate and Pollution Agency, Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network are working with local counterparts to support a programme of regional outreach events. This event in Bangkok, Thailand is invitation only. Speakers will include IPCC authors and invited guests from the South East Asian region.  

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ADB Seminar Calls for Increased Investment in Urban Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

ADB2 May 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted a seminar titled "Vulnerable cities: Waking up to the need for urban disaster risk management," which outlined ways to build resilient local government units that integrate community participation into decision making, improve construction practices and funding, and better prepare communities for climate change impacts.

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