Asia

UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy Prepares for 2011 Ministerial Conference [viewed]

15 November 2010: The Committee on Environmental Policy of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) met for its seventeenth session in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-5 November 2010, to advance the preparations for the seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, scheduled from 21-23 September 2011 in Astana, Kazakhstan, with two themes: “Sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems” and “Greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.”

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IDB and JBIC Sign MOU on Climate Cooperation in Latin America [viewed]

12 November 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation in projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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UNEP and German Government Support Low-Carbon Activities in India [viewed]

12 November 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a EUR2.49 million project funded by the German International Climate Initiative to support India's efforts in aligning transport growth with the country's climate change agenda.

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UNDP Supports Adaptation in Bangladesh [viewed]

11 November 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with Bangladesh's Ministry of Environment and Forest on a project to expand mangrove frontiers in coastal areas, which is expected to reduce the vulnerability of local communities to climate change and help them adapt to its effects.

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CIF Meetings Approve Funding for Climate Resilience in Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger [viewed]

11 November 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) will provide US$50 million grants to the Governments of Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger to pilot climate resilience strategies and integrate climate risk into their economic plans.

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Tarawa Climate Change Conference Adopts Ambo Declaration [viewed]

11 November 2010: The Tarawa Climate Change Conference (TCCC), which met from 9-11 November 2010 in Tarawa, Kiribati, as a session of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, concluded with the release of the Ambo Declaration.

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APEC Ministers Discuss Environmental Goods and Services, Energy Security [viewed]

11 November 2010: The 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting, held from 10-11 November 2010, in Yokohama, Japan, adopted a joint statement addressing, among other things, environmental goods and services (EGS), sustainable growth and energy security.

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Event: Japan-Iceland Geothermal Forum 2010 [viewed]

This Forum will focus on the cooperation possibilities between Japan and Iceland, including development and financing. Participants will discuss: the challenges of geothermal use, the possibilities for further development, the role of governments in developing geothermal energy, the combined strengths of the Japanese and Icelandic models, the joint development and financing of geothermal power plants in developing countries, how geothermal projects can be financed and risks can be mitigated, the main obstacles in the development and construction of geothermal power plants in developing countries, and the role of development banks and financial institutions.  

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OECD Holds Workshop on its Green Growth Strategy [viewed]

9 November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held a workshop on "Green Growth Strategy: OECD Green Growth Strategy from the Perspective of Developing Countries," in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 28 October 2010.

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UNFCCC Holds Asia and Pacific Regional Workshop on Technology Transfer [viewed]

October 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has held a regional training workshop on 26-28 October 2010 in Singapore on preparing technology transfer projects for financing.

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