Near East

CTCN Receives Requests for Support from Six Countries [viewed]

ctcn2 June 2014: The UN's Climate Technology Center and Network (CTCN) has received eight requests for technology assistance from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Chile, Colombia, Honduras and Pakistan. Countries requested CTCN support for climate actions related to: renewable energy policies; public transportation; biodiversity monitoring; and coastal protection through saving mangrove forests.

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UNECA, ACPC Report Discusses Loss and Damage in Africa [viewed]

uneca-acpc27 May 2014: “Under all warming scenarios and despite strong adaptation efforts in the region, considerable adverse effects of climate change will be felt in Africa, resulting in further loss and damage,” according to a report by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC).

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May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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As CO2 Concentrations Top 400 ppm, WMO Warns Time is Running Out [viewed]

WMO26 May 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, with April's monthly concentration topping 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere. While atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 400 ppm in April 2012, this record is the first time the monthly average did. The WMO predicts the global annual average carbon dioxide concentration will cross this threshold in 2015 or 2016.

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ICARDA Implements Decentralized Research for Development Strategy [viewed]

ICARDA-LogoMay 2014: The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) has implemented a decentralized research for development strategy that builds on ICARDA's partnerships with national agricultural systems in dry areas.

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Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial Addresses Finance, Markets and Energy-Water Nexus [viewed]

cem513 May 2014: Energy ministers and high-level delegates from 23 countries, as well as representatives from the private sector and international organizations, gathered for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) to discuss accelerating the transition toward a global clean energy economy and to assess progress made since CEM1 in 2010. Around 250 participants attended the meeting, which convened a set of public-private roundtables and a Ministerial segment on clean energy, integration, energy efficiency and human capacity.

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Major Economies Forum Calls for Urgent Climate Action [viewed]

major-economies9 May 2014: The Mexican Government hosted the 18th meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF), welcoming 90 delegates from 23 countries to a discussion intended to support progress in climate change negotiations and encourage the adoption of clean energy that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Zayed International Prize for the Environment Awards Announced [viewed]

zayed-prize7 May 2014: The Zayed International Prize for the Environment Award has been awarded to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco in recognition of the efforts of the Prince Albert II Foundation to spur urgent action on climate change, biodiversity protection and water security. He received the Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 7 May 2014. At the event, two additional Zayed Prizes were awarded in each of the '2nd Category for Scientific and or Technological Achievement in Environment,' and in the '3rd Category for Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society.'

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Leaders Plan for Climate Action at Abu Dhabi Ascent [viewed]

united-nations-uae5 May 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) convened the 'Abu Dhabi Ascent,' a special meeting dedicated to preparing world leaders for the 2014 Climate Summit being hosted by the Secretary-General on 23 September. The 'Abu Dhabi Ascent' is the first international conference to draw on the results of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.

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IEA Energy Journal Calls for Electricity System Integration [viewed]

IEA30 April 2014: The latest edition of the International Energy Agency (IEA) journal, titled 'IEA Energy,' focuses on the transformation of electricity systems. The journal highlights electricity system integration, with stories on a range of topics, including energy storage systems for bridging demand and supply, two-way charging of electric vehicles for the creation of dynamic vehicle-to-grid power systems, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and the variability of wind and solar energy sources.

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