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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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UNEP Booklet Presents Case Studies of Grassroots Solutions to Climate Change [viewed]

UNEP1 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a booklet, titled "Seeds of Knowledge," which suggests that grassroots, community-involved projects around the world are already playing an essential role in the response to climate change, and that these projects can guide policies.

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COP 18 Side Event Discusses FiTs in Africa and Middle East [viewed]

30 November 2012: The World Future Council (WFC), the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF), and Friends of the Earth jointly held a side event during 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 renewable energy feed-in tariffs (FiTs) in Africa and the Middle East.

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GCC Organizes Side Event on Energy Efficiency in the Gulf Region [viewed]

30 November 2012: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) organized a side event at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), on 30 November 2012 in Doha, Qatar, to discuss promoting energy efficiency solutions in the GCC region.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Draft Decision by 17 Countries on Green Climate Fund [viewed]

UNFCCC29 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a draft decision submitted by 17 countries on arrangements between the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) (FCCC/CP/2012/CRP.1).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Submission from Group of Parties on Shared Vision [viewed]

UNFCCC29 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a conference room paper containing a submission to the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG LCA) from 20 countries. The submission refers to a shared vision for long-term cooperative action, including a long-term global goal for emission reductions, in accordance with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR).

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20 Countries Propose UNFCCC Decision on Enhanced Mitigation of Developed Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC27 November 2012: The UNFCCC Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG LCA) has released a draft decision on enhanced mitigation of developed countries on behalf of 20 parties.

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GEF Council Approves Work Program with Ten Climate Change Projects/Programs [viewed]

15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and benefits 63 countries. Ten of the projects and programs approved focus on climate change.

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