Asia

Japan and Mexico Discuss International Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

5 July 2010: Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Katsuya Okada met with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Patricia Espinosa Cantellano on 5 July 2010, to discuss, among other things, international climate change negotiations.

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Aarhus Convention Focuses on Public Participation under the UNFCCC [viewed]

2 July 2010: The 12th meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 30 June–2 July 2010, and addressed, inter alia, the application of the principles of the Convention in international fora.

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UNIDO Urges Kazakhstan to Invest in Renewable Energy [viewed]

2 July 2010: During an official visit to Kazakhstan, Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), urged Kazakhstan to increase energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources in order to de-carbonize the power sector, help promote energy security and address climate change issues.

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World Cities Summit 2010 Focuses on Sustainable Cities [viewed]

1 July 2010:  The World Cities Summit 2010, organized by the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), took place in Singapore from 29 June-1 July 2010, under the theme "Liveable and Sustainable Cities for the Future."

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IEA Releases Paper on Deploying Renewable Energy Technologies in Southeast Asia [viewed]

1 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a working paper titled “Renewables in Southeast Asian Countries: Trends and Potentials,” which provides an analysis of the constraints and opportunities to scaling up renewable energy use in the electricity, heating and transport sectors of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

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IWMI Releases Policy Brief on Groundwater Management and Climate Change [viewed]

June 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a policy brief titled “Banking on Groundwater in Times of Change,” which highlights the importance of groundwater storage for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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World Bank Supports Adaptation in the Philippines [viewed]

29 June 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a pilot project in the Philippines, called the Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP), which is designed to enable targeted rural communities to cope with the impact of climate change.

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UNECE Black Carbon Group Holds First Meeting [viewed]

28 June 2010: The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on Black Carbon under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 17-18 June 2010.

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CIF Strategic Climate Fund Holds Program Meetings [viewed]

24 June 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Sub-Committee meetings took place from 22-24 June 2010, in Washington DC, US. These included meetings of the following target programs of the CIF Strategic Climate Fund (SCF): the Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP); the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR); and the Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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UNFCCC Publishes Data on Wind and Hydro Tariffs in China [viewed]

24 June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an information note containing the highest tariffs applied by the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in its decisions on CDM project request reviews in China.

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