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High-Level Conference Highlights Water Cooperation for Sustainable Development [viewed]

hicwc21 August 2013: The High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation (HLICWC) took place from 20-21 August 2013, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in support of the objectives of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution on 'Implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013,' (A/67/204) and to promote increased water cooperation by stakeholders at all levels.

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World Bank's Water Partnership Program Releases Summary of Phase I [viewed]

wppAugust 2013: The World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP), a multi-donor initiative launched in January 2009, has released a report titled 'Sharing Smart Solutions in Water,' which compiles the key outcomes of the WPP Phase I (2009–2012). 

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UNDP Identifies Social Inclusion, Climate and Governance as Asia-Pacific's Biggest Challenges [viewed]

UNDPJuly 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a report outlining results of its work from 2008-2012 in the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the need to continue addressing social inclusion, climate impacts and governance issues. 

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IAEA to Coordinate Project on Climate Change Impacts on Polar and Mountain Regions [viewed]

IAEA29 July 2013: Glacier experts prepared a plan for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project led by Chile and the Russian Federation, called the 'Impact of Climate Change on Polar and Mountainous Regions: From Assessment to Action,' to assess the effect of climate change on glacier retreat, permafrost loss and snow cover reduction, and to improve conservation and management.

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Event: Doha Carbon and Energy Forum 2013 [viewed]

After its first edition in 2010, the second chapter of the Doha Carbon and Energy Forum will also be jointly organized by Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Foundation and ExxonMobil under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser under the directive of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada Minister of Energy & Industry. The conference will be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre from 11-13 November 2013. DCEF 2013 will seek to reinforce its role as a leading platform for engaging experts in interactive workshop round table discussions of the following topics: carbon capture and storage, climate change, energy efficiency, and solar energy. Consideration of each topical area, during its workshop round table discussions, will examine the topic from the perspectives of research and technology development, industrial development and application, and policy and regulatory framework.  

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MEF Discusses Expectations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference [viewed]

MEF18 July 2013: Participants at the 16th Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) discussed negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and expectations ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in 2015, particularly whether mitigation commitments will be finalized or whether Paris will launch a future process to agree on such commitments.

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First Meeting of Experts on Long-term Finance Considers Pathways for Mobilizing Climate Finance [viewed]

em117 July 2013: Participants at the First Meeting of Experts on Long-term Finance (LTF) considered possible pathways for mobilizing scaled-up climate finance, parameters for identifying such pathways, and enabling environments and policy frameworks in the context of mobilization and effective deployment of climate finance in developing countries.

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IFPRI Explores Link Between Climate and Conflict Across Sudan [viewed]

IFPRI LogoJuly 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a study, titled 'Local Warming and Violent Conflict in North and South Sudan,' which finds that temperature anomalies strongly affect the risk of conflict.

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GEF Approves US$33 Million Grants for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

AFDB GEF2 July 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council recently approved several grants for promoting adaptation to climate change in Cameroon, Djibouti, Kenya, Angola and Madagascar. These grants will be channelled through the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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UNDP and Government of Japan Launch Second Phase of Satoyama Initiative Project [viewed]

UNDP27 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Government of Japan, have announced the second phase of the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS), which includes new initiatives in Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Namibia, and Niger. The Programme promotes inclusive, community-based approaches to the sustainable development of landscapes and seascapes, through support for biodiversity conservation, human security, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

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