Asia

IEA Reports Sales of 1.2 Million Electric Vehicles, 2.5 Million Hybrid Vehicles in 2011 [viewed]

12 November 2012: A report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) Implementing Agreement for co-operation on Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and Programmes (IA-HEV), titled “Hybrid and Electric Vehicles: The Electric Drive Captures the Imagination,” offers a snapshot of hybrid and electric vehicles (H&EVs) in 17 countries and information about the work of IA-HEV and its task forces.

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Asia-Pacific Water Forum Releases Principles on Water and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

November 2012: The Asia-Pacific Water Forum has released the “Framework Document on Water and Climate Change Adaptation” in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Framework provides information and guidance on climate change adaptation and water resources management for policy makers and leaders in the Asia-Pacific Region.

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UNEP Frankfurt School Publishes Inaugural Newsletter on Climate and Sustainable Energy [viewed]

1 November 2012: The Frankfurt School - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy has released its inaugural newsletter. The newsletter includes articles on: the Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficiency Intermediary Loan Programme; sustainable energy planning activities in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus; and the German-funded Finance for Access to Clean Energy Technologies (FACET) project.

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ITTC Approves New Strategic Plan for ITTO, US$9 Million in Funding [viewed]

10 November 2012: The International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) convened its 48th session from 5-10 November 2012, in Yokohama, Japan. The Council announced funding of US$9 million for sustainable forest management and to support trade of sustainably harvested tropical forest resources.

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ESCAP Publishes Asia-Pacific Statistical Yearbook [viewed]

6 November 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published its “Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2012.”  The Yearbook features country profiles with selected statistical indicators, tables and charts for the 58 regional and associate members of ESCAP. It highlights Asia-Pacific gains in economic growth, poverty reduction and child survival while also noting wide development gaps, particularly in gender equality and health care.

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UNDP, UN-Habitat Hold Asian Workshop on Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

UNDP29 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held a one-day workshop with mayors and senior officials from ten Asian cities to discuss action on cities, poverty and climate change.

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Addressing Climate Change for Development [viewed]

UNDP8 November 2012: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark discussed the potential of climate change to stall and reverse development in a lecture titled “Why Tackling Climate Change Matters for Development,” delivered at Stanford University in California, US. 

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World Bank Approves Credit to Support Climate Change Response in Viet Nam [viewed]

World Bank8 November 2012: The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a US$70 million credit from the International Development Association to support the Vietnam Climate Change Development Policy Operation. The policy operation supports institutional development in Viet Nam for resilience, sustainable development, and climate change response.

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UNEP Executive Director Updates CPR on Climate Change Activities [viewed]

UNEP26 September 2012: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner reported to the 120th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on UNEP activities related to climate change, among other activities.

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ADB, Australia to Support Drought Preparedness in the Greater Mekong Subregion [viewed]

ADB7 November 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reported that, together with the Government of Australia, through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), it plans to provide loans and grants to the Governments of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) and Viet Nam. The finance will be used to fund infrastructure upgrades, community-based disaster risk management, and enhanced regional forecasting to improve flood and drought preparedness in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

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