Asia

UNISDR Chief Seeks Action on DRR in the Philippines [viewed]

7 May 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has reported on an official visit by Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction, to the Philippines. She attended a two-day meeting on "Building a Resilient Mindanao," in Albay.

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ADB Discusses Inclusive Growth [viewed]

ADB5 May 2012: The 45th meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was organized around the theme “Inclusive Growth through Better Governance and Partnerships” and addressed how to bring the benefits of Asia's growth to all, especially the poor.

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FAO Note Provides Overview of Agriculture in UNFCCC Negotiations [viewed]

FAO9 May 2012: Ahead of the first UNFCCC climate change negotiations since the Durban Climate Change Conference concluded in South Africa at the end of 2011, the Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a note that aims to help participants follow the UNFCCC agenda items relevant to agriculture.

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Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change Calls for Building on Durban [viewed]

EU8 May 2012: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change brought together representatives from 30 countries, including from least developed countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), to build on the achievements of the Durban Climate Change Conference. The meeting, which was hosted by the EU, also provided an opportunity for Ministers to discuss the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Drivers of Deforestation and Monitoring Systems [viewed]

UNFCCC3 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released two joint submissions from Parties containing their views on issues identified in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 72 and appendix II (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.1/Add.1) on policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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UNFCCC Releases Views on the New Market-based Mechanism [viewed]

UNFCCC7 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a new submission from Costa Rica on behalf of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama and Peru, containing their views on the new market-based mechanism (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.6/Add.1).

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UNFCCC Releases Bolivia and Ecuador's Submissions on a Framework for Various Approaches [viewed]

UNFCCC7 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Bolivia and Ecuador containing their views on a framework for various approaches (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.4/Add.1). The submissions relate to the agenda item of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) on the development of proposals to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, bearing in mind different circumstances of developed and developing countries.

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Publication Surveys Electric Vehicle Policies in 16 Asian, European and North American Cities [viewed]

EV City Casebook5 May 2012: An International Energy Agency (IEA) supported publication, titled "EV City Casebook: A Look at the Global Electric Vehicle Movement," addresses best practices for electric vehicle usage.

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EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy Sees Declarations on Urbanization, Energy Security, and Electricity Markets [viewed]

European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang3 May 2012: European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang met in Brussels, Belgium, in the First EU-China High Level Meeting on Energy, which saw the signing of a number of agreements and declarations.

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CIF Trust Fund Committees Approve Climate Resilience, Renewables and Forestry Projects [viewed]

4 May 2012: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) held meetings of the Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR) Sub-Committee, the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) Sub-Committee, the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committee, the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Trust Fund Committee, and the Forest Investment Program (FIP) sub-Committee, and approved new projects on climate resilience, renewable energy and forests.

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