Asia

World Bank to Support Low-Carbon Initiatives in Poorest Countries [viewed]

World Bank6 December 2011: The World Bank announced two new initiatives to support least developed countries' (LDCs) access to finance for low-carbon investments and enable them to tap into carbon markets after 2012, the Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) and the third tranche of the BioCarbon Fund (BioCF T3).

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Development Banks Agree on Partnership for Climate Action in Cities [viewed]

5 December 2011: Five multilateral development banks have agreed on a new partnership to support climate action in cities, including better coordination, and to deepen support to cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change, such as the development of common tools and metrics for cities.

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Japan Increases Contributions for Small-Island States Clean Energy Partnership [viewed]

8 December 2011: The Government of Japan announced a new US$15 million grant to support clean energy efforts and access to renewable energy by climate vulnerable island nations through the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy Initiative (SIDS DOCK). The initiative provides financial and technical support to island countries to scale up their renewable energy efforts and promote greater energy efficiency.

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ECOSOC Hears Calls for Greater Regional Cooperation in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Annual Ministerial Review Regional Preparatory meeting for Asia and the Pacific has heard calls for greater regional cooperation in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The meeting convened in Kyoto, Japan, on 7 December 2011.

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ADB Supports Climate Change Awareness Raising in Asia [viewed]

ADB7 December 2011: A public awareness campaign titled "Redraw The Line" has been launched to mobilize a critical mass of people, communities, and cities to drive demand for clean energy, transport, and environmentally sustainable consumption, in response to the challenges posed by climate change.

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UNEP Releases Report on Women at the Frontline of Climate Change [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) GRID Arendal has released a report titled “Women at the Frontline of Climate Change: Gender Risks and Hopes.” Released on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the report states that investing in low carbon, green technologies can strengthen climate change adaptation and improve women's livelihoods.

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ASEAN, Republic of Korea Sign Asian Forest Cooperation Agreement [viewed]

18 November 2011: The Republic of Korea (ROK) and member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed a Asian Forest Cooperation (AFoCO) Agreement during the 14th ASEAN-ROK Summit, on 18 November 2011, in Bali, Indonesia.

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UN-HABITAT and Partners Recognize Local Governments for Green Building [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability have announced the winners of the Government Leadership Awards for excellence in green building and climate action at the local level. The awards promote best practices to be replicated across cities, and encourage the use of green buildings as a strategy to reduce carbon emissions.

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Adaptation Fund Highlights Case Studies of Direct Access to Financing [viewed]

Adaptation Fund5 December 2011: At the Durban Climate Change Conference, the Adaptation Fund featured case studies from National Implementing Entities (NIEs), and announced the winner of the Adaptation Fund Photo Contest.

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Publication Assesses Capacity Building Services for REDD+ in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

1 December, 2011: The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), with support from the UN-REDD Programme through the UN Environment Programme, has launched an interim policy brief on a project on the strengths and gaps in capacity building services for REDD+ readiness in a sample of Asia-Pacific countries.

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