Near East

IRENA Reports on Recent Ratifications [viewed]

2 June 2011: The Secretariat of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has reported that six countries have recently ratified its Statute, namely Brunei Darussalam, the Czech Republic, Djibouti, Malta, Seychelles, and the Republic of the Sudan.

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UNFCCC Publishes Documents for SBI 34 [viewed]

1 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published additional documents that will be considered during the upcoming 34th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which will take place from 6-16 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNFCCC Releases Addendum to SBSTA 34 Agenda [viewed]

1 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the provisional agenda of the upcoming 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 34), which will take place from 6-16 June 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNDP Supports Solar-Powered Systems in Lebanon [viewed]

UNDP24 May 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Government of Spain, is supporting the project "Country Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration for the Recovery of Lebanon (CEDRO)," which aims to increase use of renewable energy sources, provide an alternative to expensive and polluting diesel generators, and reduce the consumption of national electricity supplies.

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FAO Releases Report on Mega-Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2011: At the International Wildland Fire Conference in Sun City, South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a preliminary report titled “Findings and Implications from a Coarse-Scale Global Assessment of Recent Selected Mega-Fires.” The report suggests that changing climate may be exacerbating the growing number of mega-fires and resulting in a positive feedback loop.

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Steering Committee for African-Arab Joint Action Plan on Agricultural Development and Food Security Convenes [viewed]

1 May 2011: The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Government of Sudan, held the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the African-Arab Joint Action Plan (JAP) on Agricultural Development and Food Security in Khartoum, Sudan.

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World Bank Invites Arab Countries' Researchers to Contribute to Adaptation Report [viewed]

12 April 2011: The World Bank has invited climate change researchers from Arab countries to contribute to the World Bank Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional Climate Change Flagship Report, titled "Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries."

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Researchers Discuss Wheat Rust Concerns, Links to Climate Change [viewed]

20 April 2011: Researchers from 31 countries meeting at an international symposium raised concerns about the increased vulnerability of wheat production in many countries to new varieties of stem rust, which could lead to epidemics threatening regional food security and rural livelihoods, as well as further increases in global food prices.

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Loss and Damage Work Programme [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/SBI/2011/MISC.1) on views and information on elements to be included in the work programme on loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change.

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UNFCCC Publishes Further Documents for Bonn Session [viewed]

19 April 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published additional documents in preparation for the 34th session the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-16 June 2011, in conjunction with the 34th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as well as sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Groups.

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