Asia

ADB, Nordic Development Fund Support Climate Change Action in Viet Nam [viewed]

1 February 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Nordic Development Fund, a joint multilateral development institution of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, have announced a project to help Viet Nam draft and implement climate change action plans for key cities and government departments.

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Multilateral Fund Releases Summary of Executive Committee's Decisions at 62nd Meeting [viewed]

18 January 2011: The Secretariat of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol has released a summary of the most significant decisions and discussions taken at its 62nd meeting. The Executive Committee approved 86 investment projects and work programme activities in 50 countries at a total value of US$38,313,126, plus support costs of US$8,601,535.

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ASEAN Tourism Ministers Call for Climate Change Workplan [viewed]

17 January 2010: The 14th meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Tourism Ministers was held on 17 January 2011, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in conjunction with the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2011.

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Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Receives REDD Readiness Preparation Proposals [viewed]

January 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has received five REDD Readiness Preparation Proposals (R-PP) and four draft R-PPs from FCPF participant countries during the course of January 2011.

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IRRI and Partner Release Drought-tolerant Rice [viewed]

21 January 2011: The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Nepal Agricultural Research Institute have released three new drought-tolerant rice varieties in Nepal.

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GEF CEO Endorses Energy Efficiency Projects in Climate Change Focal Area [viewed]

February 2011: Monique Barbut, CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has endorsed several GEF projects with a strong focus on energy efficiency. CEO endorsement is the final step in GEF project cycle approval. 

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Event: UN Climate Change Conference – Bangkok [viewed]

The first formal round of climate change negotiations in 2011 include: the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16); the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14); and workshops pursuant to the Cancun Agreements and to other decisions as appropriate. Preparatory meetings of the Group of 77 and China, the African Group, the small island developing States (SIDS) and the least developed countries are expected to meet from 30 March-2 April 2011.  

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World Bank and Republic of Korea Strengthen Partnership on Climate Change-Related Disasters [viewed]

24 January 2011: The World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Korea's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to strengthen cooperation for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation.

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UNIDO Director-General Discusses Energy Projects [viewed]

14 January 2011: Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), visited the Singimi Falls in Palima, Sierra Leone, to inspect the proposed site of a 10MW hydropower dam that will serve locals, a university and private companies.

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ASEAN Focuses on Socioeconomic Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management
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20 January 2011: As reported in the Bulletin of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for January 2011, ASEAN officials met on 19 January 2011 to discuss the integration of socioeconomic aspects in sustainable forest management, as part of the implementation of the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change.

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