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UN Secretary-General: REDD+ No Substitute for Deep Emissions Cuts [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) visits an indigenous community affected by deforestation in Borneo, Indonesia17 November 2011: Speaking at a news conference in Indonesia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stated that, while REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) is a win-win-win situation for local communities, Indonesia and the world, it is no substitute for deep greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in developed countries.

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APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience [viewed]

APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience (photo courtesy of APEC)16 November 2011: The Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) has pledged to promote green growth and to increase public-private partnerships (PPPs) to improve disaster resilience in its member countries. The pledges were made at the APEC Ministerial Meetings held from 10-11 November 2011, in Honolulu, US.

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UNFCCC Publishes Technical Paper on Adaptation Activities in LDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a technical paper (FCCC/TP/2011/7) on identification and implementation of medium-and long-term adaptation activities in least developed countries (LDCs). The paper provides technical advice and guidance on: issues to be taken into consideration when identifying medium- and long-term adaptation needs, and integrating them into development planning; and options for implementing identified adaptation activities.

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2011 Asian Urban Forum Focuses on Financing Future Cities [viewed]

Asian Urban Forum 201115 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted the 2011 Asian Urban Forum, which took place from 15-17 November 2011, in Manila, the Philippines, and was organized around the theme "Financing Future Cities."

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Event: Thirteenth Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate [viewed]

The thirteenth meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will convene in Crystal City, Virginia, US (just outside Washington, DC), from 17-18 November 2011. US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman will serve as chair. The meeting will take place at the level of leaders' representatives. Members of the Major Economies Forum include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the UK, and the United States. In addition, representatives will attend from Argentina, Ecuador, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and the United Nations. The session will provide an opportunity to exchange views in preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  

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UNEP Risoe Centre Report Examines Perspectives on Post-2012 Carbon Markets [viewed]

15 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released its annual Perspectives Series, titled “Progressing Towards Post-2012 Carbon Markets.” The publication explores ways in which national, regional and global level carbon markets can be developed and up-scaled to sustain the involvement of the private sector in leveraging finance and innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNICEF Studies Children's Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

14 November 2011: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released a report on the climate change challenges that children face in East Asia and the Pacific. The report indicates that climate change will exacerbate the living conditions of millions of children in the region, who already suffer from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation and are vulnerable to malnutrition and diseases.

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en.lighten Initiative Announces Southeast Asian Support for Incandescent Lights Phase-Out [viewed]

9 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten Initiative has reported on a Southeast Asian workshop that convened on 4 November 2011, during which representatives from 18 countries supported the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs.

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Central Asian Experts Identify Challenges to Adaptation in Mountain Regions [viewed]

14 November 2011: Experts from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Mongolia and Tajikistan recently convened to explore how best to address evidence of climate change impacts on mountain regions in international discussions. Delegates noted the importance of Tajikistan as a source of water for Central Asia, China and the Russian Republic, with 8,000 glaciers and extensive high altitude lakes. 

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ADB Approves US$100 Million for Low Carbon Growth, Climate Resilience in Indonesia [viewed]

ADB10 November 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$100 million loan to support the Low Carbon and Resilient Development Program in Indonesia, which the Government has pledged to use towards cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26 percent over business-as-usual by 2020. 

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