Asia

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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UNEP Supports Bhutan's Ozone and Climate Plan [viewed]

7 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the Government of Bhutan's initiative to phase out ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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UNFCCC Publishes India's Submission on COP 17 Agenda [viewed]

UNFCCC7 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing annotations to the additional agenda items proposed by India for inclusion in the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, to be held at the end of 2011, in Durban, South Africa.

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing proposals by parties and relevant organizations for upcoming activities under the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.6).

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UN Launches Guidelines for Eco-efficient and Socially Inclusive Cities [viewed]

October 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), in partnership with the Urban Design Lab of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, have jointly released the "Guidelines for developing eco-efficient and socially inclusive infrastructure," which provide practical tools for city planners and decision makers to reform urban planning and infrastructure design according to the principles of eco-efficiency and social inclusiveness. 

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