Asia

Six Countries Join CCAC, Pledge to Reduce SLCPs [viewed]

6 December 2012: Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Maldives, the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) at a ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar. The CCAC aims to catalyze action on reducing black carbon, methane, certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to maximize agricultural, climate, energy and health benefits.

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UNFCCC, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Initiative on Women and Climate Change [viewed]

6 December 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat and the Rockefeller Foundation launched a new initiative, titled “Momentum for Change: Women for Results,” on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar. The Initiative aims to showcase the role of women in climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.

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International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV Reports on Workshops in Chile, Thailand and Costa Rica [viewed]

6 December 2012: The International Partnership on Mitigation and Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) has published the second edition of its quarterly Mitigation Newsletter for November 2012. The Newsletter includes reports of recent activities on mitigation, including on technical workshops held in Chile, Thailand and Costa Rica.

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IEA Bioenergy Newsletter Highlights Bioenergy Potential and Challenges in Austria [viewed]

IEA5 December 2012: The December issue of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy) newsletter highlights activities at the 70th meeting of the IEA Bioenergy Executive Committee (ExCo70), bioenergy in Austria, and Task 40 on Sustainable International Bioenergy Trade.

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UNEP Risø Centre Newsletter Highlights TNA Project and Electrification in Africa [viewed]

UNEP Risoe5 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre (URC) has published its December newsletter, featuring stories on its Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) project and electrification in Africa. It also spotlights initiatives and progress on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), including support by both the Africa Carbon Asset Development (ACAD) Partnership and UNEP Risø's Green Facility, capacity building in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region and loan schemes.

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ESMAP Report Finds Large Potential for Low-Carbon Growth Strategies [viewed]

4 December 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has released a new report, titled "Planning for a Low Carbon Future: Lessons Learned from Seven Country Studies," which presents results from cases studies on strategies to develop long-term frameworks for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to economic growth.

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COP 18 Participants Celebrate “Lighthouse Activities” to Address Climate Change [viewed]

UNFCCC4 December 2012: Participants at the Doha Climate Change Conference celebrated the accomplishments of nine public-private "Lighthouse Activities," pioneering initiatives curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while yielding benefits for the urban poor. The concept behind the activities is to highlight inspiring mitigation and adaptation activities, and to spur innovation and increase capacity for future initiatives.

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DFID, IDRC Introduce Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia at COP 18 [viewed]

2 December 2012: In partnership with the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), Canada's International Development Research Center (IDRC) hosted a parallel event to the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC that introduced the new Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA).

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WHO Side-Event Discusses Improving Climate Resilience of Public Health Systems [viewed]

WHO3 December 2012: Speakers at a side event held at the margins of the Doha Climate Change Conference, co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of Norway, discussed the challenges that climate change presents to public health, and presented recent and ongoing initiatives to build capacity in assessing and addressing climate risks to health.

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Mountain Day 2 Calls for Strengthening Global Mountain Agenda in Multilateral Negotiations [viewed]

3 December 2012: Mountain Day 2, which focused on the topic "Mainstreaming Rio+20 outcomes in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes for prosperous, resilient, and sustainable mountain ecosystems and communities,” took place in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012, on the sidelines of the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC.

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