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UNEP and Iraq Sign Agreement Focused on Biodiversity Conservation and Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP26 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that Iraq has signed a 5-year strategic cooperation agreement with UNEP to boost recovery and support national development goals. The agreement will focus on: environmental legislation and regulations; biodiversity conservation; green economy; cleaner production; resource efficiency; combating dust storms; and climate change reporting, mitigation and adaptation.

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UNDP, Sweden Release Video on Climate Finance Management [viewed]

undp-sweden21 January 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific and the Government of Sweden released a video on managing climate finance effectively. The video provides guidelines on how countries can prepare for climate change and manage development by ensuring appropriate national budget allocations.

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World Future Energy Summit Addresses Jobs, Energy Access and Africa's Potential [viewed]

energy-jobs-irena24 January 2014: Participants at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) discussed developments and challenges in renewable energy technology deployment, including on: policy; finance; jobs; energy access and poverty; and the water and energy nexus. 

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IRENA Holds First Renewable Energy Jobs Conference [viewed]

irena-energy-jobs21 January 2014: The Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), took place in connection with the World Future Energy Summit. The Conference discussed how the renewables sector has become a significant employer with potential for creating millions more jobs worldwide in coming years.

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APFM Highlights Publications on Flood Management, Forecasting and Mapping [viewed]

apfmJanuary 2014: The Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM), a partnership between the Global Water Partnership (GWP) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO), has introduced three publications in the Integrated Flood Management (IFM) Tool Series in their January 2014 Newsletter. The publications address flood forecasting and early warning, transboundary flood management, and flood mapping.

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FAO Compiles Experiences on Adaptation in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors [viewed]

FAOJanuary 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has assembled descriptions of 26 current or recent fisheries and aquaculture programmes that have addressed climate change adaptation in developing countries.

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WMO, UNESCO Initiatives Aim to Increase Coastal Resilience [viewed]

unesco-wmo22 January 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have announced their participation in two initiatives being undertaken to develop risk management strategies and tools for weather and water-related extreme events and to increase the resilience of coastal communities.

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January 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank AFDB21 January 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) made a number of investments in the water and sanitation sector in January 2014, including in Albania, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Madagascar, the Russian Federation, Togo and Viet Nam, for projects aimed at improving basic urban services, providing rural access to water supply and sanitation, expanding hydromet systems to monitor hydrological information, and improve the climate resilience of irrigated agriculture and water supply and sanitation services, among others.

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World Bank Paper Outlines Options for Low-Carbon Urban Investment in Shanghai [viewed]

World Bank21 January 2014: The World Bank has announced a paper that presents innovative bottom-up approaches to help cities set low-carbon targets and identify cost-effective, low-carbon investments for meeting these targets. The methodology presented in the study, titled 'Applying Abatement Cost Curve Methodology for Low-Carbon Strategy in Changning District, Shanghai,' is designed to be replicable in cities elsewhere in China and around the world.

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Event: Seventh GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium [viewed]

Information and expertise on Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) implementation in the Asia-Pacific region will be exchanged under five working groups on: the Asian Water Cycle Initiative; agriculture and food security; forest carbon tracking; Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network; and ocean observation and society.  

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