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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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Event: Integrated Approaches to Energy Technologies Workshop [viewed]

This regional workshop, organized by the Network of Expertise in Energy Technology (NEET) and hosted by China's Ministry for Science and Technology, will focus on integrated approaches to energy technologies. The workshop will consist of two sessions. The first one will be on energy security, economic growth and environmental protection, with a focus on sustainable supply, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and socio-economic issues. The second session will be on creating the right policy frameworks, focusing on how guidelines and tools can be designed for policy makers to make communities more energy efficient, to reduce GHG emissions in transportation and to develop long-term strategies and plans.  

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European Commission Study Outlines Options for a New UNFCCC Market Mechanism [viewed]

14 November 2012: The European Commission has released a study of design options for the new market mechanism (NMM) defined in the outcomes of the Durban Climate Conference, which took place in December 2011, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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ADB Releases Evaluation of Disaster Support [viewed]

ADB13 November 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released an independent evaluation study titled “Special Evaluation Study on ADB's Response to Natural Disasters and Disaster Risks,” which reviews the Bank's disaster-related projects and programmes, and explores ways to improve ADB operations in the natural disaster management cycle. 

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UNESCO Chair on Climate Science and Policy Launched at TERI University [viewed]

UNESCO12 November 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has inaugurated a Chair on Climate Science and Policy at TERI University in New Delhi, India. The UNESCO Chair aims to promote knowledge dissemination, technology development, transfer, and information sharing on climate science and on related policy issues.

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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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