Asia

OECD Paper Investigates Indian Urban Mobility Challenges [viewed]

May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a discussion paper titled “Key Mobility Challenges in Indian Cities,” which identifies challenges in urban mobility in India under three sections: urbanization and transport; urban mobility challenges; and current policies and interventions.

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UNDP Releases MDG Report for the Kyrgyz Republic [viewed]

16 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic have launched the Second Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Progress Report for the Kyrgyz Republic, which presents an analysis of MDG achievement based on the indicators proposed in the first report, the indicators used in State strategies and programmes, and with special focus on the impacts of the global financial crisis and climate change.

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OECD Paper Investigates Challenges of Chinese Urban Transport [viewed]

May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has released a new discussion paper, titled “Implementing Sustainable Urban Travel Policies in China,” highlighting the complexity of urban transport decision-making in the Chinese context.

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ADB Supports Lending for Green Buildings in China [viewed]

16 May 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is lending CNY 300 million in partial credit guarantees to Shanghai Pudong Development (SPD) Bank, to support private-sector financing of green buildings in China.

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World Bank and Partners to Spur Open Source Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation Challenges [viewed]

12 May 2011: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA, HP and the World Bank, through their initiative titled "Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK)," will bring together thousands of people in over 18 locations worldwide, on 4-5 June 2011, to create open source e-solutions to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation challenges. 

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Event: Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas [viewed]

This summit is convened by the Governments of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal with support from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), MacArthur, ICIMOD, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The summit is expected to: outline a 10-year roadmap for adaptation to climate change; develop a proposal to secure all of the eastern Himalaya's temperate and alpine forests and grasslands for ensuring biodiversity persistence and maintaining ecosystem services; and create regional “adaptation expert groups.”  

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Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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UNEP Announces Opening of Regional Office of Global Green Growth Institute [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) announced the opening of a regional office of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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UNEP Releases Report on Decoupling Resource Use and Economic Growth [viewed]

12 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Resource Panel has released a report titled “Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth.”

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CIFOR Releases Publications on REDD+ [viewed]

May 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a number of publications relevant to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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