Asia

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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APEC ICT Ministers Adopt Okinawa Declaration [viewed]

1 November 2010: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministers responsible for the telecommunications and information industry (ICT) gathered in Okinawa, Japan, from 30-31 October 2010, under the theme "ICT as an Engine for New Socioeconomic Growth," and discussed the role of ICT in environmental management, among other issues.

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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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