Near East

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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Barcelona Convention Parties Call for a Blue Economy to Safeguard the Mediterranean [viewed]

UNEP10 February 2012: The 17th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP 17) to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols concluded with the adoption of the Paris Declaration, which calls for a “blue” economy to safeguard and promote a clean, healthy, and productive Mediterranean environment.

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Seven New Countries Join UN-REDD Programme [viewed]

10 February 2012: Benin, Cameroon, Chile, Ghana, Myanmar, South Sudan and Suriname have joined the UN-REDD Programme as partners and official observers to the UN-REDD Programme Policy Board.

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IFPRI Reviews Research That Has Provided Insights on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

January 2012: Over recent years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a series of highly cited reports on the potential effects of climate change on vulnerable populations, and opportunities for agriculture to contribute to mitigating climate change.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Launch of New Publications on Gender, Green Economy and Asia-Pacific [viewed]

18 January 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has released its first newsletter of 2012, highlighting the Democratic Republic of Congo's new national forest monitoring system, which was launched at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 17), as well as updates on Mongolia's REDD+ roadmap and details on three new publications recently released by the Programme.

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UN Secretary-General, UNGA President Call for G77 Leadership to Address Global Challenges [viewed]

11 January 2012: In his remarks at the Group of 77 chairmanship handover ceremony in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the importance of the leadership of the G77 in ensuring that "concrete actionable measures" are adopted at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: Group of 77 Handover [viewed]

The Group of 77 (G77) will mark the handover of its chairmanship, from Argentina to Algeria, on 11 January 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.  

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Youth to Address Global Challenges [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General10 December 2011: Speaking at a youth event preceding the fourth annual forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Doha, Qatar, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on young people to help combat the multiple threats faced by the planet, such as climate change and environmental destruction, as well as water, food and energy scarcity. 

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