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UNEP-WCMC Announces Winners of tvebiomovies 2013 Film Competition [viewed]

Unep-WcmcJanuary 2014: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has announced the winners of a short film-making competition called 'tvebiomovies 2013.'

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Monaco Accepts Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

UNFCCC27 December 2013: Monaco has become the fifth party to the Kyoto Protocol to accept the Doha amendment, which formalizes commitments for the period 2013-2020, the second commitment period of the Protocol.

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EC Study Outlines Pathway to Standardizing Disaster Loss Databases [viewed]

European Union16 January 2014: The European Commission (EC) released a report, titled 'Recording Disaster Losses: Recommendations for a European Approach,' which outlines a pathway for a standardized European approach to record and manage disaster loss.

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UNFCCC Releases ADP Warsaw Report [viewed]

UNFCCC14 January 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) on the third part of its second session (FCCC/ADP/2013/3). The report summarizes the discussions held during the meeting, as well as the conclusions adopted.

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EIB's Climate Awareness Bond Increases to €1.5 Billion [viewed]

Eib14 January 2014: The European Investment Bank (EIB) had its first transaction of 2014 in the European green bond market, a €350 million Climate Awareness Bond (CAB) increase. Due 15 November 2019, the CAB is now worth a record €1.5 billion, the largest climate-themed bond in any currency.

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Mountain Partnership Calls for Including Mountains in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership10 January 2014: Representatives from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru called for including mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during an event on the margins of the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Also at the event, which took place on 8 January 2014, in New York, US, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat introduced two policy briefs highlighting sustainable mountain development as a priority. 

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Event: Second High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership [viewed]

The second High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP), jointly organized by the Government of Ethiopia and the African Union Commission (AUC), will gather African and European Ministers, AU and European Union (EU) Commissioners, and other high-level policy-makers, international organizations, the private sector, academia, and civil society to discuss Africa-EU cooperation on energy and foster further commitments and action on the energy challenges facing the two continents. The High Level Meeting will take place from 12-13 February 2014, and a business exhibition showcasing technologies for overcoming Africa's energy challenges will take place at the same venue from 11-13 February 2014.  

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CIF Program to Help Overcome Barriers to Geothermal Investments [viewed]

CIF18 December 2013: The World Bank has reported on efforts to implement the US$115 million Utility Scale Renewable Energy Program, which was launched in October 2013 by the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). The Program will foster private sector involvement in geothermal energy exploration and test drilling, the riskiest element of geothermal energy development.

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Event: Arctic Biodiversity Congress [viewed]

Organized by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, this event will promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, government officials, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples. It is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the first Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released in May 2013.  

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Event: 2nd Meeting of the Global Network of Basins Working on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

Organized under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the 2nd meeting of the global network is expected to compare methodologies and approaches, exchange experience and promote a shared vision on how to address climate change adaptation in river basins. The meeting will include session on: advancing transboundary vulnerability assessments; collecting good practices and lessons; developing basin-wide adaptation strategies and implementing measures; ensuring implementation and financing of adaptation strategies through mainstreaming water and climate change perspectives into river basin management plans and national adaptation activities; and continuing the platform for exchanging experiences.  

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