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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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New Papers Focus on Water Supply and Sanitation and Carbon Financing for Water Treatment [viewed]

1 October 2012: The Global Water Forum (GWF) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently published two discussion papers, titled “Water Supply and Sanitation in India: Meeting Targets and Beyond” and “Leveraging Carbon Financing to Enable Accountable Water Treatment Programs.”

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Leaders Express Hope for Climate Action at UNFCCC COP18 [viewed]

1 October 2012: On the final day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), world leaders called for urgent action to address climate change while expressing hope for progress at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, taking place in November-December this year.

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Event: 12th IEA-IETA-EPRI Annual Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading [viewed]

This two-day annual workshop hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA), in collaboration with Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the International Emission Trading Association (IETA), will bring together more than 130 senior officials from OECD countries, non-OECD countries corporate executives from electric companies, energy-intensive industries, brokerage companies and the financial community, analysts and researchers from non-governmental organizations and academia. Participants will discuss the evolution of GHG emissions trading programmes around the world. Topics to be addressed include: new and evolving global carbon markets; carbon market updates; the role of the carbon markets in future international efforts to finance climate mitigation; and the role of GHG emissions trading in current and emerging international trade disputes.  

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UNEP GEAS Releases Bulletin on Himalayan Glacial Melt [viewed]

28 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has published its September 2012 bulletin, which underlines the need to improve cross-boundary scientific collaboration and monitoring of Himalayan glaciers in order to ensure that policy options are science-based.

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UNDP CAP-NET Launches Capacity Development Network for Water in Central Asia [viewed]

2 October 2012: A new capacity development network, named CAR@WAN, has been formed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Capacity Building for Sustainable Water Resources Management Network (CAP-NET).

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ADB Announces Support for Climate Resilience Activities in Bangladesh [viewed]

ADB1 October 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its partners are cooperating to provide financial support to the Government of Bangladesh to improve the country's resilience to the impacts of climate change.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Submissions on Review of Reporting Guidelines [viewed]

UNFCCC2 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Australia, the EU, the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG), Japan and New Zealand, which contain their views on the review of reporting guidelines (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.17). Several parties have called for streamlining and avoiding duplication.

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UN-Energy Newsletter Highlights Appointment of Kandeh Yumkella as CEO for SE4ALL Initiative [viewed]

UN-Energy9 October 2012: UN-Energy, in its recently published newsletter, has highlighted new leadership for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative, announcing the UN Secretary-General's invitation to UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) Director-General and Chair of UN-Energy, Kandeh Yumkella, to become the chief executive of the Initiative.

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IOM, ADB Launch Asia-Pacific Migration and Environment Network [viewed]

New Network to Promote Knowledge Exchange on Migration and Environment18 September 2012: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have launched the Asia-Pacific Migration and Environment Network (AMPEN). AMPEN is an internet-based resource to facilitate interaction on environment and migration in the Asia-Pacific region.

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