Asia

Japan and Arab States
Adopt Tunis Declaration [viewed]

12 December 2010: The second meeting of the Japan-Arab Economic Forum was held in Tunis, Tunisia, on 11 December 2010, on the basis of the Memorandum of Cooperation between Japan and the League of Arab States.

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UNECE, WHO Organize Symposium on Green Investment in Transport [viewed]

13 December 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Office for Europe organized a symposium on “Green and health-friendly investment and jobs in transport,” in the framework of The Pan-European Programme on Transport, Health and Environment (THE PEP).

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APEC Releases Report on Sustainable Biofuel Development [viewed]

9 December 2010: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has announced the publication of the report “Sustainable Biofuel Development Policies, Programs, and Practices in APEC Economies.”

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OECD Paper Assesses Adaptation Options Related to Flood Risks [viewed]

November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a paper in its OECD Environmental Working Papers series titled “Flood Risks, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Benefits in Mumbai: An Initial Assessment of Socio-Economic Consequences of Present and Climate Change Induced Flood Risks and of Possible Adaptation Options.”

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EIB Grants Climate Mitigation Loan to China [viewed]

3 December 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a 500 million euro loan to China to fund projects supporting climate change mitigation.

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UNECE, EDB Conclude MoU [viewed]

30 November 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to re-confirm their commitment to cooperate in promoting regional economic integration and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Eurasian region.

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Japan, Bangladesh Discuss Stronger Partnership [viewed]

29 November 2010: At a meeting held in Japan on 29 November 2010, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan agreed on a joint statement for a stronger partnership towards peace and prosperity in the international community and the South Asian Region, including on climate change and disaster preparedness.

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DSD/DESA Announces Special Journal Issue on Transport [viewed]

November 2010: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has announced that the November 2010 special issue on transport of Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal has been published.

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UN/ISDR Asian Parliamentarian Meeting Calls for Allocating 1% of National Budgets to DRR [viewed]

30 November 2010: Parliamentarians at the meeting on "Disaster Risk Reduction: An Instrument for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals," convened by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) in Manila, the Philippines, from 25-27 November 2010, called on governments in the region to allocate at least 1% of their national budgets to projects designed to strengthen disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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UNDP Supports Bangladesh's Mangrove Planting Efforts [viewed]

29 November 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the Government of Bangladesh and local communities to plant mangroves along the southern delta's coastline, as a protection against sea level rise and the increased impacts of storms caused by climate change.

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