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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Materiality Standard Under the CDM [viewed]

1 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions by parties and observer organizations on the materiality standard under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.13).

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2011 Human Development Report Focuses on Sustainability and Equity [viewed]

2 November 2011: The 2011 Human Development Report, titled "Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,” highlights that equity and sustainability are inextricably linked. It notes that, if bold actions are not taken, environmental damage, including climate change effects, can slow or reverse development progress made in recent years. 

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EU Leaders Outline Expectations Ahead of Cannes G20 Summit [viewed]

30 October 2011: European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy sent a letter to their G20 partners summarizing the EU expectations ahead of the G20 summit to be held in Cannes, France, from 3-4 November 2011, including on food security, financing for development and climate change.

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European Commission Launches ETS-dedicated Webpage [viewed]

27 October 2011: The European Commission has created a new webpage dedicated to regulatory news and announcements on the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) facilitating access to specific topics such as registries, auctioning and benchmarking.

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UNFCCC Holds Workshop on Climate Risk Management [viewed]

12 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has organized a workshop to identify challenges and gaps in the implementation of risk management approaches to the adverse effects of climate change.

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EBRD Lends to Russian Bank to Promote Energy Efficiency [viewed]

28 October 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing Russia's NBD Bank with 280 million roubles in financing to lend on to small businesses interested in improving energy use practices. NBD is the second largest bank in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod region.  

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IEA Report Highlights Renewable Energy Potential in Greece [viewed]

26 October 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report entitled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Greece,” which finds that energy policy could be a significant driver of economic recovery in Greece and highlights the country's potential for wind and solar.

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Kyoto Protocol Committee Considers Compliance of Ukraine, Lithuania, Canada and Italy [viewed]

20 October 2011: The reports of the ninth meeting of the plenary of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee, the fifteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee enforcement branch and the tenth meeting of the Compliance Committee facilitative branch are now available. The enforcement and facilitative branches held their fifteenth and tenth meetings, respectively, from 11-12 October 2011, and the plenary held its ninth meeting on 13th October 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

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Event: CIF SREP Pilot Countries Meeting [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) will hold a meeting of its pilot countries, to evaluate progress and discuss tasks ahead. Pilot countries taking part in SREP are: Ethiopia, Honduras, Kenya, Maldives, Mali and Nepal.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Reforestation of Lands with Forest in Exhaustion [viewed]

27 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing a synthesis of parties' views on the implications of the inclusion of reforestation of lands with forest in exhaustion as afforestation and reforestation (A/R) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.15).

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