Near East

Event: Arab States regional launch of the 'Making Cities Resilient: My city is getting ready' campaign [viewed]

This lauching event is organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the Environment Center for Arab Towns. It aims at improving cooperation to jointly implement initiatives to support the countries of the region, through supporting scientific and technical cooperation, communication and advocacy, co-organizing regional events and preparation of regional reports.  

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ICARDA and ACSAD Partner for Adaptation Research [viewed]

15 June 2010: The International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) has announced a new partnership with the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) for research on climate change adaptation and conservation agriculture.

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Seventh Ministerial Meeting of the EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue Held [viewed]

28 June 2010: The seventh ministerial meeting of the Energy Dialogue between the EU and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 28 June 2010, to discuss recent energy policies and oil market developments in the EU and OPEC, and prepare the ground for future joint activities.

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EIB and Others Promote Creation of Mediterranean Carbon Fund [viewed]

17 June 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) together with CDC Climat, the French Development Agency (AFD), PROPARCO, the Cassa depositi e prestiti (CDP) and KfW Bankengruppe, the German promotional bank, have joined forces to study and promote the creation of a Mediterranean Carbon Fund (MCF).

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UNDP and Turkmenistan Support Adaptation in Caspian Area [viewed]

4 June 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Hazar Nature Reserve, located on the Caspian Sea Coast of Turkmenistan, are developing adaptive approaches to promote the conservation of biodiversity in the reserve. The project, implemented in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Ministry of Nature Protection of Turkmenistan, aims to predict and map the effects of climate change, including rapid change of the shoreline, the emergence of new islands, the disappearance of existing landscapes, and biodiversity loss.

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UNECE Organizes Energy and Climate Meetings [viewed]

11 June 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has hosted a series of energy and climate meetings at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The first meeting of the Group of Experts of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 (GEE21) Project convened on 10 June 2010. It was preceded by the 15th Session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation, on 9 June 2010, and followed by the 21th Session of the Steering Committee of the GEE21 Project, on 11 June.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Focuses on Activities of the Enlarged Executive Committee [viewed]

June 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) covering the Mediterranean region, released a special issue of its Newsletter focusing on the recent activities of its Enlarged Executive Committee, including participation in the first Mediterranean Forest Week and preparation of various position papers on food security in the region.

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Mediterranean Dialogue Addresses Environment and Renewable Energy [viewed]

26 April 2010: The First Ministerial Conference on the Environment and Renewable Energy within the framework of the 5+5 Mediterranean Dialogue convened on 26 April 2010, in Oran, Algeria, with representatives from Northern Mediterranean countries (Spain, France, Italy and Portugal) and five Southern Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia).

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WFP Launches Tree-Planting Initiative in Tajikistan [viewed]

7 April 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a tree-planting initiative in Tajikistan, which aims to secure a future source of food for the hungry poor, as well as offset some of WFP's carbon footprint. In two food-insecure areas of Tajikistan, the west and in the eastern Rasht Valley, WFP has given 800 families 40 trees each of the following varieties: apricot, pomegranate, cherry, mulberry, almond, pistachio and pine.

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AIMS SIDS Discuss Regional Implementation of MSI [viewed]

18 March 2010: The small island developing States (SIDS) of the AIMS (Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea) region met in Male, Maldives, from 9-10 March 2010, to review progress achieved in the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (MSI). Participants expressed their desire to develop a regional position within the UNFCCC negotiations, among other areas for further attention.  

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