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COP 18 Side Event Discusses Viet Nam's Policy Responses to Climate Change [viewed]

26 November 2012: A panel on Viet Nam's policy responses to climate change and preparations for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) convened during a side event held at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar. The panel also heard about the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) and Bilateral Offset Credit Mechanism.

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IEA Launches Review of Republic of Korea's Energy Policy [viewed]

IEA23 November 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a new report, titled "Energy Policy of IEA Countries: Korea 2012."

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UNFCCC Releases GEF Report on Support for BUR Preparation [viewed]

UNFCCC21 November 2012: The UNFCCC released an addendum to the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) (FCCC/CP/2012/6/Add.2). It provides information on the resource status approved for non-Annex I Parties to prepare biennial update reports (BUR).

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Country Progress [viewed]

21 November 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released its November newsletter. The newsletter highlights progress in Cambodia, Indonesia, Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Viet Nam.

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Partnership on Mitigation and MRV Completes Baseline Study on Thai RAC, Foam Production [viewed]

November 2012: The International Partnership on Mitigation and Monitoring, Review and Validation (MRV) has released a baseline study on refrigeration, air-conditioning (RAC), and insulation foam production in Thailand, titled “Emission reduction potential and potential Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) sub-sectors in Thailand.”

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UNFCCC Releases Synthesis Report on LDC Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC21 November 2012: The UNFCCC has released a synthesis report on the progress made in the implementation of the least developed countries (LDC) work programme, including the updating and implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.13).

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Regional Expert Meetings on Loss and Damage [viewed]

UNFCCC19 November 2012: The UNFCCC has released a report on the regional expert meetings on a range of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including impacts related to extreme weather events and slow onset events (FCCC/SBI/2012/29). The report summarizes regional level meetings in Ethiopia, Mexico and Thailand and one meeting on small island developing States (SIDS) in Barbados.

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Event: Transforming Transportation 2013 [viewed]

The World Bank and the World Resources Institute's (WRI) sustainable transport center, EMBARQ, will co-host the 10th annual "Transforming Transportation" event on sustainable transport. The 2013 agenda will discuss, inter alia: capitalizing on the multilateral development banks' $175 billion commitment for sustainable transport made during Rio+20; opportunities for sustainable transport in China, India and Latin America; integrating urban transport and development; improving transport health and safety in cities; and bringing shared bicycle solutions to scale in developing countries.  

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GEF Council Approves Work Program with Ten Climate Change Projects/Programs [viewed]

15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and benefits 63 countries. Ten of the projects and programs approved focus on climate change.

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UNU-INWEH Outlines Policy Recommendations for Sustainable Mangrove Management [viewed]

15 November 2012: The UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) has published a policy brief titled “Securing the Future of Mangroves.” The brief is based on the World Atlas of Mangroves and describes both the current status of mangroves, including their economic value, as well as threats to mangrove ecosystems and considerations for good management practices.

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