Near East

UNISDR, Gulf States Cooperation Council Host DRR Workshop [viewed]

18 January 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States (GCC) co-hosted a regional workshop on disaster risk reduction (DRR), which heard calls for stronger commitments in the Gulf region towards the development of a DRR strategy.

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IRENA Assembly Ratifies Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, Inaugurates Renewables SIDS Network, Welcomes China's Decision to Become Member State [viewed]

IRENA14 January 2013: The third session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly convened on 13-14 January in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to discuss IRENA's work programme and budget for 2013, medium-term strategy, progress on programmatic activities, and implementation of policies on ethics, conflicts of interest, and the secondment of personnel.

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Event: Eighth CGE Meeting [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) is holding this meeting to improve the process of preparation of national communications from non-Annex I parties.  

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MENA Countries to Form Regional Initiative for Mountains [viewed]

19 December 2012: During a regional meeting on climate change adaptation in mountain regions held in Marrakech, Morocco, over 15 representatives from the Middle East and North African (MENA) region agreed to form a Regional Initiative for Mountains in the MENA Region within the context of the Mountain Partnership.

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IEA to Advise on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy in Middle East and North Africa [viewed]

IEA27 December 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has indicated plans to expand its role in advising on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the Middle East and North Africa.

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IUCN, Global Gender and Climate Alliance Launch Report on Gender and Climate Change [viewed]

26 November 2012: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) launched a publication, titled “The Art of Implementation: Gender Strategies Transforming National and Regional Climate Change Decision Making,” on the sidelines of the Doha Climate Change Conference. The publication showcases actions by women addressing mitigation or adaptation in 11 developing countries or regions. 

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GCC COP 18 Side Events Discuss Renewable Energy Initiatives and Technologies in GCC Region [viewed]

UNFCCC5 December 2012: The Gulf Coordination Council (GCC) organized two panels on "Renewable Energy in GCC Countries" in the context of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar, to discuss various renewable energy initiatives and technologies within the GCC region.

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OECD Releases 2013 Fragile States Report [viewed]

OECD6 December 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its “Fragile States Report 2013: Resource flows and trends in a shifting world.” The report illustrates the many dimensions of fragility, including economic, environmental, political, security and social dimensions.

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World Bank Releases Report on Climate Change in the MENA Region [viewed]

World Bank5 December 2012: The World Bank has released a report, titled "Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries: a Case for Adaptation Governance and Leadership in Building Climate Resilience," which assesses the impact of climate change in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and stresses the need for adaptation programmes based on strong leadership and prioritization of climate policies at the national level.

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Doha Global Business Day Focuses on Diversifying Actions for Climate Impact [viewed]

3 December 2012: Doha Global Business Day took place in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012, on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC. The event focused on the theme “Diversifying Actions for Climate Impact,” and was organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

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