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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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UNDP, ESCWA and League of Arab States Launch Arab MDG Report 2010 [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the League of Arab States have launched the "Third Arab Report on the Millennium Development Goals 2010 and the Impact of the Economic Crisis." 

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Event: UN Climate Change Conference – Bangkok [viewed]

The first formal round of climate change negotiations in 2011 include: the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16); the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14); and workshops pursuant to the Cancun Agreements and to other decisions as appropriate. Preparatory meetings of the Group of 77 and China, the African Group, the small island developing States (SIDS) and the least developed countries are expected to meet from 30 March-2 April 2011.  

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World Bank Highlights Opportunities for Carbon Finance in Arab Countries [viewed]

19 January 2011: Speaking at the Second Arab Economic, Social and Developmental Summit, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Managing Director, highlighted the potential of the Arab region in the renewable energy sector.

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