Asia

IFC Presents Climate Risk Assessment Pilot Studies [viewed]

November 2010: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) published a report titled "Climate Risk and Business: Practical Methods for Assessing Risk," which aims to better understand gaps and barriers to climate risk analysis, test and develop risk evaluation methodologies, and identify possible adaptation responses and needs of the private sector.

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Event: ADBI-OECD Roundtable on Innovation for Balanced and Sustainable Growth [viewed]

This roundtable, organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will explore ways in which “developing Asian countries rebalance their economies towards domestic and regional demand.” Participants will consider emerging questions surrounding innovation, such as: innovation for balanced and sustainable growth; making innovation work for development; realizing local benefits of global value chains; and international cooperation for innovation, including technology transfer.  

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UN-REDD Policy Board Approves Funding for Five New Countries [viewed]

5 November 2010: The fifth UN-REDD Policy Board meeting, which took place in Washington DC, US, from 4-5 November 2010, approved US$15.2 million for five new countries, and confirmed or pledged funds of US$7.4 million.

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Philippine Cities Join UN/ISDR Resilience Campaign [viewed]

4 November 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that 20 Philippine cities have joined its "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready" campaign, at a local government summit in the Philippines.

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FAO Launches Website on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

4 November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a new website highlighting agriculture practices that reduce farmers' vulnerability to climate impacts and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, sequester carbon, and improve farm yields and household incomes.

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Nordic Climate Facility Launches Call for Proposals [viewed]

2 November 2010: The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) has launched the second call for proposals on urban adaptation and renewable energy projects in eligible developing countries.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses China's Central Party School [viewed]

2 November 2010: In a speech at China's Central Party School in Beijing, China, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed global challenges, including climate change, the threat of global terrorism, and disruptions in transportation, communications and information systems.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Climate Change Adaptation at World Expo [viewed]

30 October 2010: At the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited MeteoWorld, a joint initiative by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the China Meteorological Organization.

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Third ASEAN-UN Summit Convenes in Hanoi [viewed]

1 November 2010: The Third Summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took place on 29 October 2010 in Hanoi, Viet Nam, to address, among other issues, climate change, food and energy security, and disaster risk reduction.

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UNECE Holds Workshop on Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines [viewed]

29 October 2010: As reported in the Weekly newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for the period 1-6 November 2010, the first UNECE Workshop on Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines was held in Beijing, China, on 20 October 2010.

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