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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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UNFCCC Releases SBSTA Documents Ahead of Warsaw [viewed]

UNFCCC7 November 2013: The UNFCCC has released documents for consideration in discussions during the upcoming session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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UNEP Risø Working Paper Assesses Sustainable Development Impacts of NAMAs [viewed]

UNEP Risoe7 November 2013:  The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre has released a working paper titled 'Sustainable Development Impacts of NAMAs: An integrated approach to assessment of co-benefits based on experience with the CDM.' The paper assesses the sustainable development impacts of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and is part of UNEP Risø's 'Low Carbon Development' series.

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Event: International Renewable Energy Jobs Conference [viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is organizing this event alongside the World Future Energy Summit (WFES). The conference will discuss how the renewables sector has become a significant employer with potential for creating millions more jobs worldwide in coming years. It will provide an opportunity for experts and policy makers to share knowledge, experience and best practices on renewable energy job creation. It will also look at trends and dynamics in renewable energy job creation and the policy and economic environment needed to maximize potential for job creation.  

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ESCAP, KEITI Launch Asia Carbon Footprint Network [viewed]

UNESCAP6 November 2013: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (ESCAP) and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) launched the Asian Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN), which is expected to serve as a regional platform to share expertise on carbon labeling and carbon footprint programmes, and to help support markets, producers and consumers to move towards low-carbon pathways.

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World Bank Highlights Climate and Health Benefits of Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

World Bank3 November 2013: The World Bank has published a report highlighting the climate and health benefits of reducing emissions of common pollutants such as methane and black carbon, and examining 14 measures that contribute towards this objective.

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UNEP-China Project Hosts Workshop on Mainstream Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

UNEP31 October 2013: A Regional Network Coordination Workshop that focused on linking networks and mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) was hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-China project on 'Enhancing capacity, knowledge and technology support to build climate resilience of vulnerable developing countries.'

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ICRAF Holds Training Workshop on 'Talking Toolkit' for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)30 October 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) held a training-of-trainers workshop on participatory tools to address climate change exposure and adaptation, with representatives from eight development NGOs. The training focused on ICRAF's 'Talking Toolkit: How smallholder farmers and local governments can together adapt to climate change.'

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CIF Approves Forest Funding for Peru and Energy Access in Liberia [viewed]

CIF30 October 2013: The Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Sub-Committee Meetings concluded with endorsement of the final pilot country plan from Peru for $50 million under the Forest Investment Program (FIP), and the endorsement of Liberia's $50 million investment plan under the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP), a targeted program of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF). The FIP also approved $16.45 million to support forest and climate information gathering and systematization in Brazil.  

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IRENA Workshop Creates “Coalition for Action” to Strengthen Acceptance of Renewable Energy [viewed]

IRENA25 October 2013: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held a workshop, titled 'Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy,' that aimed at improving social acceptance of, and dispelling misconceptions around, renewable energy. Participants at the workshop agreed to create a “coalition for action” to strengthen public opinion over renewables.

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