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UN Secretary-General Addresses Pacific Ministerial Conference on Climate Change [viewed]

4 March 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged UN support to help Pacific Island States reduce climate risks and respond to climate impacts, in a message to the High Level Regional Conference on climate change in the Pacific, held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, on 4 March 2011.

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World Bank Approves Loans for Climate-Related Disaster Insurance in the Balkans [viewed]

3 March 2011: The World Bank has approved loans for US$5 million for Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and US$5 million for the Republic of Serbia to help increase local access to financial protection from the losses caused by climate change and disasters.

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US, Poland Sign MoU on Energy Cooperation [viewed]

3 March 2011: US Secretary of State Clinton and Poland Foreign Minister Sikorski have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Clean and Efficient Energy.

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Andorra Ratifies UNFCCC [viewed]

2 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Government of Andorra has deposited its instrument of ratification of the UNFCCC wtih the UN Secretary-General, who serves as the Depositary of the Convention.

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EU Ministers Discuss Energy 2020 [viewed]

28 February 2011: The Council of EU Ministers for transport, telecommunications and energy met in Brussels, Belgium, on 28 February 2011, to discuss "Energy 2020: A Strategy for competitive, sustainable and secure energy."

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EU, Pacific Islands Discuss Implementation of Climate Change Initiative [viewed]

2 March 2011: A High-Level Regional Conference on Climate Change in the Pacific is convening in Vanuatu from 2-4 March 2011, where the EU and Pacific countries are discussing implementation of the Joint Pacific-EU Initiative on Climate Change.

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Event: 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics [viewed]

The meeting will address possible reform of institutional arrangements under the Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additional topics will include: guidance of work areas, including markets and statistics; forest resources assessment; forest sector outlook studies; social and cultural aspects; policy and cross-sectoral issues; the status of the joint wood energy enquiry; and a roundtable on forest information challenges.  

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World Bank, DANIDA Establish First Climate Innovation Center [viewed]

31 January 2011: The World Bank will establish the world's first Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Nairobi, Kenya, an initiative spearheaded by the Royal Danish Embassy (DANIDA) and the Bank's Information for Development Program (infoDev).

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Event: Second Session of the UNECE Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency 21 [viewed]

The meeting will discuss recent developments of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 Project, the Global Strategy for Energy Efficiency Market Formation, the outcome of the Astana International Energy Efficiency Forum, and the programme of work for 2011–2012.  

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Event: 22nd Session of the Steering Committee of the UNECE Energy Efficiency 21 Project [viewed]

This meeting will discuss financing energy efficiency and renewable energy investments for climate change mitigation. It will also address: development of the renewable energy sector in the Russian Federation and in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States; increasing energy efficiency for secure energy supplies; energy efficiency market formation in South-Eastern Europe; removing barriers to energy efficiency improvements in the state sector in Belarus; green procurement for smart purchasing; the Action Plan for Energy-efficient Housing in the UNECE Region; modern and sustainable heat and power from woody biomass in South-Eastern Europe; and Best Practice Guidance on Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines.  

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