Near East

Government of Jordan, WHO and UNDP Launch GEF-funded Health Adaptation Project [viewed]

28 March 2011: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a pilot project to increase adaptive capacity to respond to health risks resulting from water scarcity induced by climate change in Jordan.

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UNFCCC Receives Submissions on Market and Non-Market Mechanisms [viewed]

21 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has received 19 submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.2) from parties on their views on matters relating to the establishment of one or more market-based mechanisms to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions.

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UNFCCC Publishes Non-Annex I NAMAs [viewed]

18 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a compilation (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/INF.1) of information on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) to be implemented by Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention.

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UNFCCC Publishes Adaptation Committee Submissions [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published 34 submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.1) from parties on views on the composition of, and modalities and procedures for, the Adaptation Committee, including linkages with other relevant institutional arrangements.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Forest Partnerships [viewed]

February 2011: The January 2011 issue of the newsletter of Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), looks at a newly formed partnership, the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests, and reviews the outcomes of a workshop on forest policy and climate change in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region.

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IFAD to Finance Livestock Development in Syria [viewed]

18 February 2011: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide loans and grants worth US$28 million to support a US$73 million project to reduce poverty in dry areas of the Syrian Arab Republic.

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Event: Fourth CGE Meeting [viewed]

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

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GEO Releases January Issue of GEO News [viewed]

20 January 2011: The Group on Earth Observation (GEO) has released the January issue of its newsletter, "GEO News," which includes an article on creating a bioenergy atlas of Africa.

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Multilateral Fund Releases Summary of Executive Committee's Decisions at 62nd Meeting [viewed]

18 January 2011: The Secretariat of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol has released a summary of the most significant decisions and discussions taken at its 62nd meeting. The Executive Committee approved 86 investment projects and work programme activities in 50 countries at a total value of US$38,313,126, plus support costs of US$8,601,535.

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UNDP Highlights Arab Region's Development Challenges [viewed]

19 January 2011: Speaking at the Second Arab Economic, Social and Developmental Summit, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, noted that the Third Arab Report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Impact of the Global Economic Crisis highlights the most pressing development challenges of the region, including high unemployment rates and climate change.

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