Near East

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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UNESCO Holds Climate Change Reporting Workshop in Iran [viewed]

13 November 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Tehran Office and the Iranian Association for Studies on the Information Society (IRASIS), with support from the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), held a workshop on climate change reporting. The workshop aimed to build the capacity of the media to better inform citizens.

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UNEP ROWA Convenes Symposium on Alternative Refrigerants in High-Ambient Temperature Countries [viewed]

UNEP20 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA), together with the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the ASHRAE-Emirates Falcon Chapter, and the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), convened the 2nd Symposium on Alternative Refrigerants in High-Ambient Temperature Countries.

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Event: International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands [viewed]

This conference is held under the auspices of the Heir Apparent, His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniin, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) of Qatar Foundation, among other partners. The conference will bring together a broad range of stakeholders and will focus on three thematic areas, namely food security, water resources, and responsible investment. The conference will include a Ministerial Dialogue on Dry Lands Agriculture under a Changing Climate, which will focus on two themes: the energy-water-food nexus; and financing dry land agriculture and food production. The conference is expected to yield an outcome document with distilled summary recommendations that represent the consensus of the participants on future courses of action required under all thematic areas examined by the conference. The outcome document aims to lead to the adoption of the Doha Declaration that would clearly set a target percentage and date for the allocation of a significant proportion of the national public expenditure for programmes and projects to achieve food security on an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable basis. The outcome document will also present the main thrusts of an Action Plan to follow-up on agreed recommendations and commitments.  

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GWP-Med, EU SWIM Workshop Identifies No-Regret Climate Change Adaptation Options [viewed]

5 October 2012: The EU Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) - Support Mechanism (SM) and the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) conducted a regional training for local water managers on “Identification and Development of Climate Change No-Regret Actions in the Water Sector.”

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Qatar Sustainability Network to be Considered for Admission to COP 18 [viewed]

UNFCCC25 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum to document FCCC/CP/2012/2 containing the list of intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to be considered for admission as observers to the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18).

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Event: Doha Global Business Day 2012 [viewed]

Doha Global Business Day 2012 is jointly organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and will take place on 3 December 2012, at the Diplomatic Club in Doha, Qatar. The event will be held in parallel to the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, and will explore the business perspective of diversifying the energy mix by 2050 in the framework of global green growth. The afternoon will have a special focus on the opportunities for green growth in the Middle East.  

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