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Ministers at UNEA Adopt Outcome Document [viewed]

Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, poses for a photo with President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and ministers, heads of delegation and UN executive officers at UNEA's high level segment27 June 2014: The High-Level Segment of the first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) adopted a Ministerial Outcome Document pledging the promotion of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns and action against illegal trade in wildlife.

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Global Commission on Economy and Climate Meets to Finalize Report [viewed]

The New Climate Economy27 June 2014: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and its Commissioning Countries met to finalize the New Climate Economy (NCE) report, which will be released in September 2014 in advance of the UN Climate Summit. The report will make recommendations on actions and policies that can achieve economic growth while also addressing climate change.

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Asian Ministerial DRR Conference Adopts Bangkok Declaration [viewed]

AMCDRR-626 June 2014: The Sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) concluded with the adoption of the 'Bangkok Declaration,' which commends the progress made under the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) on capacity building, early warning systems, awareness-raising and understanding risk. Looking forward, the Declaration points to the need for increased attention to local resilience, scaling up public investment and utilizing public-private partnerships.

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ADB, Japan Launch Low-Carbon Technology Fund [viewed]

adb-japan25 June 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Japan have announced the creation of the Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JFJCM), which will promote the adoption of advanced low-carbon technologies in the Asian region.

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UNDP Annual Report Showcases Achievements by Region [viewed]

UNDPJune 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its 2013/2014 Annual Report, titled ‘New Partnerships for Development.' According to the forward by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, the report shows how UNDP is evolving in its operations, as outlined in its 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, and notes its alignment of efforts behind inclusive, sustainable and resilient development. Clark also emphasizes that UNDP “will continue a final push to achieve the MDGs” in more than 50 countries.

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World Bank Analyzes Economic, Health Benefits of Climate-Smart Policies [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2014: The World Bank, in partnership with the ClimateWorks Foundation, has released an analysis that estimates global economic output could increase by US$1.8 trillion annually through government policies that encourage energy efficiency and improve public transport. The report finds that such policies could save over one million lives, reduce crop losses by 1-1.5 million tons, and avoid 355 to 520 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions.

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UNEP's 'OurPlanet' Magazine Features UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

UNEPJune 2014: The theme of the June 2014 edition of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'OurPlanet' magazine is 'The First United Nations Environment Assembly' (UNEA), which is taking place from 23-27 June 2014. Touching on many of the key items of discussion at UNEA, the edition explores issues such as the role of cities in combating climate change, environmental planning in China and renewable energy opportunities in Africa.

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ADB Clean Energy Investments Exceed 2013 Goal [viewed]

ADBJune 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled ‘2013 Clean Energy Investments: Project Summaries,' which highlights that ADB's total investments in clean energy in 2013 amounted to US$2.3 billion, exceeding the annual target of US$2 billion. The report shows an increased focus on the public sector, with public or sovereign loans making up 72% of the total figure.

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UNFCCC Momentum for Change Releases 2013 Lighthouse Activities Report [viewed]

UNFCCCJune 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released its 2013 report on the 'Lighthouse Activities' selected by its Momentum for Change initiative to showcase game-changing climate change actions. The 17 activities selected are making progress in three focus areas: Urban Poor; Women for Results; and Financing for Climate Friendly Investment.

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Central Asian Countries Partner on Regional Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

World Bank17 June 2014: Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), government officials, educators and development professionals attending the Second Central Asia Climate Knowledge Forum have proposed a Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Program for Central Asia (CAMP4CA). CAMP4CA will be a regional effort to boost cross-country climate change policy planning, pilot investments across governments and jointly implement long-term climate-related projects.

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