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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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Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial Launches Actions on Energy Access, Efficiency, and Supply [viewed]

18 April 2013: Leaders from the Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) 23 participant countries have announced new actions and reaffirmed existing commitments to accelerate clean energy deployment, improve energy efficiency, and increase access to clean energy around the world. The energy ministers and other high-level delegates who gathered for the Ministerial's fourth meeting (CEM4) also outlined progress on CEM's 13 current initiatives and welcomed further work on clean energy finance to be delivered to CEM5 in the Republic of Korea in 2014.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on Implications of Decisions for the Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

UNFCCC16 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a miscellaneous document containing submissions by five parties on implications of the implementation of decisions 2/CMP.7 to 4/CMP.7 and 1/CMP.8 (amendment to the Kyoto Protocol) on the relevant decisions adopted for the Kyoto Protocol first commitment period and for the reporting of land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) activities for the Protocol's second commitment period.

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PROFOR Newsletter Features SFM Certification [viewed]

9 April 2013: The April issue of the World Bank Program on Forests' (PROFOR) newsletter features sections on the benefits of sustainable forest management (SFM) certification, upcoming events, new activities and stories from around PROFOR.

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UN-Backed Seminar Assesses Impact of Glaciers Melting on Water Systems in Central Asia [viewed]

UNESCO15 April 2013: Approximately 60 researchers and officials from the five Central Asian States and Afghanistan, as well as representatives from international organizations and the donor community, gathered at a UN-backed seminar to discuss the impact of glacier melting on the water resources of Central Asia and review practical steps in adaptation strategies at national and regional levels.

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UNDP Issues Annual Report on Asia-Pacific Work [viewed]

5 April 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its 2012 Annual Report on the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting its recent work supporting countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), advance the post-2015 development agenda, and address climate change and sustainable energy.

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Dublin Conference Stresses Local Solutions to Address Food Security and Climate Challenges [viewed]

16 April 2013: At a two-day conference in Dublin, Ireland, global leaders discussed critical challenges related to addressing hunger, nutrition and climate justice. Panel discussions focused on: risks, rights, knowledge and empowerment in the hunger, nutrition and climate justice dialogue; a vision for the world in 2050; local knowledge and local solutions; the post-2015 development agenda; effective policy responses; and commitments to lead.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Direct Access Project in Argentina [viewed]

Adaptation Fund12 April 2013: At its 20th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board approved a new project in Argentina to be implemented through the Fund's direct access mechanism, but was unable to make progress on three projects submitted by multilateral implementing entities (MIE) due to the Fund's limited resources.

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UNFCCC Releases Updated Compilation of Developing Countries' NAMAs [viewed]

UNFCCC11 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat released an updated compilation of all nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMAs) that developing countries intend to implement (FCCC/SBI/2013/INF.12). It contains NAMA information communicated by 55 developing countries and a group of parties, as included in documents FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/INF.1 and FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.2 and Add.1, as well as those provided by Burkina Faso, Dominica, Gambia and Guinea, who had not previously communicated NAMAs.

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UNFCCC Publishes Kazakhstan's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

11 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Kazakhstan (FCCC/ARR/2012/KAZ) that indicates that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for this country decreased by 27% between 1990 and 2010. It also states that, for 2010, the energy sector accounted for 82.2% of GHG emissions, the agriculture sector for 10.4% and the industrial processes sector for 5.5%.

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