Asia

Japan, World Bank Partner to Strengthen Disaster Resilience [viewed]

gfdrr-japan3 February 2014: Japan and the World Bank jointly launched a programme to help improve disaster risk management (DRM) in developing countries. Activities will: focus on strengthening resilience, including risk identification and reduction, preparedness, financial protection, and knowledge mobilization and exchange; and take advantage of Japan's expertise in mainstreaming DRM into development planning and investment programmes.

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Former New York City Mayor Appointed Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

blooberg-ban31 January 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, with the aim of raising political will and mobilizing action among cities as part of the Secretary-General's long-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change. 

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January 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-afdb-ebrd-gefJanuary 2014: During the month of January, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and a number of regional development banks have approved funding for climate-related projects, or have forwarded climate project proposals for review. The projects address, inter alia: climate innovation in the Caribbean; climate-friendly agriculture; meteorological services; adaptation of small-scale agriculture; clean bus leasing; livelihood diversification; and renewable energy.

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January 2014 Global Water Partnership Update [viewed]

GWP Global logotypeJanuary 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) is engaging in a number of activities as the year begins and has reported on a number of meetings that were held at the end of 2013 at the regional and national levels. The GWP Central Asia and Caucasus (CACENA) and GWP West Africa (AO) Regional Council convened in late 2013 to approve activities for 2014, and national activities took place in Ukraine and Burkina Faso, among other actions.

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UNEP Announces Call for Nominations for 2014 Champions of the Earth Award [viewed]

UNEP29 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a call for nominations for the 2014 Champions of the Earth Award. The Award seeks to honor visionaries whose actions and leadership have had a positive impact on the environment.

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ICRISAT Identifies Climate Resilient Chickpea Germplasm [viewed]

ICRISAT24 January 2014: As part of the effort to develop climate change adaptation measures that support smallholder farmers in Asia and Africa, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has identified beneficial traits within 40 lines of chickpea germplasm.

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CCAFS Explores Climate Change Financing Opportunities for Smallholders [viewed]

CCAFS24 January 2014: Recognizing the constraints faced by smallholder farmers to invest in long-term sustainable land use practices, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) has announced a working paper on financing sustainable agriculture and mitigation.

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Pacific Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience Gets Underway [viewed]

CIF24 January 2014: The first meeting for the three-year multi-million dollar Pacific Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) brought together donors, partners and representatives of Pacific island countries to discuss planning and implementation as the project gets underway.

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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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