Near East

UNFCCC Releases Views on the New Market-based Mechanism [viewed]

11 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 12 submission from Parties containing their views on the various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, bearing in mind different circumstances of developed and developing countries (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.6).

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Financing Results-based Actions on REDD+ [viewed]

11 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 18 submissions from Parties containing their views on modalities and procedures for financing results-based actions and considering activities related to decision 1/CP.16 (The Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA)) paragraphs 68-70 and 72 (relating to policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+))(FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.3).

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Options for Further Increasing the Level of Ambition [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from two intergovernmental organizations and 19 Parties containing their views on options and ways for further increasing the level of ambition.

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GEF, UNDP Publish Overview of Joint Projects Results [viewed]

March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have published their annual report on joint projects financed during 2011 on ecosystems and biodiversity preservation, green development strategies, and sustainable use of water and ocean resources, among other topics.

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Event: Third Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

The Third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) will bring together over 20 participating countries to discuss progress made by the 11 CEM clean energy initiatives, increased intergovernmental cooperation, and public-private partnerships in support of clean energy deployment. The CEM is an initiative of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which was established in early 2009 to facilitate a positive outcome of climate change negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The 23 governments participating in CEM initiatives are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the United States.  

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Kuwait Joins Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership [viewed]

4 March 2012: Kuwait is the third country in the Middle East (following Qatar and Iraq) to join the Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership, an initiative led by the World Bank to reduce emissions that result from the oil industry.

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Event: 17th Session of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

At its 17th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board will consider issues relating to regional projects and programmes and an update on an initial screening/technical review of proposals. Full proposals from Multilateral Implementing Entities (MIEs) will be reviewed from Colombia, Ghana and Papua New Guinea, and concept notes from Belize, Cambodia and Lebanon. A project proposal from a National Implementing Entity (NIE) in Benin will also be considered.  

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UNEP Announces Clean Cook Stove Design Project in Afghanistan [viewed]

UNEP28 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a partnership with the Government of Finland and the Conservation Organization of Afghan Mountains on a clean cookstoves and ecological restoration project in Bamyan province, Afghanistan.  

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Saudi Fund for Development Supports IFAD's Rural Development Projects [viewed]

24 February 2012: Responding to the food and nutrition crises in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and continued impacts of climate change, the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Arab Bank for Economic Development of Africa (BADEA) met with the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD) to enhance collaboration on rural development in fragile States.

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Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS [viewed]

Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation)22 February 2012: A group of 23 countries meeting in Moscow, Russian Federation, adopted the Joint Declaration of the Moscow Meeting on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS, which outlines the participants' shared position that the EU and its Member States must cease application of the Directive 2008/101/EC to airlines and aircraft operators registered in third States. Under the Directive, international civil aviation was included in the EU-Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as of 1 January 2012.

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