Asia

ESMAP Annual Report Highlights 2012 Work on SE4ALL, Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

ESMAP17 April 2013: The World Bank's Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) 2012 Annual Report highlights achievements including: support for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL); completion of Low Carbon Growth Country Studies; global deployment of the Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE); and continued assistance to Lighting Africa.

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Multilateral Fund Commits US$385 Million for HCFC Reduction [viewed]

Multilateral Fund23 April 2013: The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) has committed up to US$385 million to China for the elimination of all industrial production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 2030. China is the largest producer of HCFCs, and eliminating the country's HCFC production will prevent emissions equivalent to 8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

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Asia-Pacific Workshop Focuses on Indigenous Knowledge on Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNESCO22 April 2013: The Regional Workshop on "Integrating Local and Indigenous Knowledge related to Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Adaptation with Scientific Knowledge: Lessons learned" concluded the second phase of the “Strengthening Resilience of Coastal and Small Island Communities towards Hydro-meteorological Hazards and Climate Change Impacts (StResCom)” project, a three-year project funded by the Japan Funds-in-Trust (UNESCO-JFIT).

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FAO's Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Newsletter Highlights Awareness Raising and REDD+ Workshops [viewed]

FAOApril 2013:  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released its March newsletter on the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative. This edition reports on regional awareness raising workshops for francophone and anglophone Africa. 

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Group of Friends on SE4ALL Highlights Progress, Plans [viewed]

Sustainable Energy for All22 April 2013: The Co-Chairs of the Group of Friends on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) – Denmark, Norway and Pakistan – hosted a high-level event to update UN Member States on SE4ALL and others and gather support for sustainable energy. The event took place on 22 April 2013, in New York, US, in follow-up to the first meeting of the SE4ALL Advisory Board, on 19 April, in Washington, DC.

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G8 Identifies Climate Change as Contributing Factor to Security Risks [viewed]

g8_uk11 April 2013: Foreign Ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) met in London, UK, from 10-11 April 2013, to address a number of international issues, challenges and opportunities that impact on global peace, security and prosperity. The joint statement adopted at the conclusion of the meeting addresses, among other issues, climate change.

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Event: 69th Commission Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The 69th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene under the theme “Building resilience to natural disasters and major economic crises”. The Senior Officials Segment will convene from 25-27 April in preparation for the Ministerial Segment, to be held from 29 April-1 May.  

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SREP Calls for Proposals that Engage the Private Sector in Low Carbon Investment [viewed]

Climate Investment Funds19 April 2013: The Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is calling for proposals from Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and pilot countries to initiate the development of concept proposals for programmes and projects to engage the private sector in the expansion of renewable energy and energy access.

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UNFCCC Publishes Parties' Views on Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC18 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a miscellaneous document containing parties' views on the work programme on the impact of the implementation of response measures (FCCC/SB/2013/MISC.2).

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UNDP Releases Framework on Derisking Renewable Energy Investment in Developing Countries [viewed]

UNDP17 April 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a framework designed to help policy-makers select public instruments to promote investment in renewable energy in developing countries. The goal of the framework, presented in a report on “Derisking Renewable Energy Investment,” is to support transparent policy-making with quantitative comparisons of different public instruments and portfolios for derisking investments in renewable energy.

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