Near East

World Bank Highlights Water-Related Disasters in the MENA Region [viewed]

World Bank21 March 2014: The World Bank has released a report, titled ‘Natural Disasters in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): A Regional Overview,' which highlights disaster risk management (DRM) and the World Bank's response in the region. The report identifies urbanization and associated increased flood risk, water scarcity and impacts of climate change as the main challenges facing the region.

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CIF-Climate Policy Initiative Publications Share Concentrated Solar Power Experiences [viewed]

cif-cpiMarch 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) released two publications from a one-year collaborative project that aims to achieve low carbon and climate resilient development. The publications share lessons learned from concentrated solar power (CSP) development experiences.

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GGBP Assesses Green Growth Best Practices [viewed]

ggbp4 March 2014: The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative released a ‘Synthesis of Key Findings,' a global assessment of best practice in green growth planning and implementation.

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LMDCs, China and Norway Release ADP Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC8 March 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions of China, Norway, and a joint submission by Ecuador, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia and Mali, on behalf of the Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs), to the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The submissions will inform the fourth part of ADP's second session, which is taking place from 10-14 March 2014, in Bonn, Germany.

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Partnership for Action on a Green Economy Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

page-greeneconomy5 March 2014: The inaugural meeting of the UN-led Partnership for Action on a Green Economy (PAGE) explored national pathways and policies for the green economy, and provide guidance to governments on achieving a green economy transition. Over 30 ministers and high-level officials from more than two dozen countries met with UN officials, international experts, representatives from the business community and civil society.

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Event: World Water Day [viewed]

World Water Day 2014 takes place on March 22, with events in 2014 focusing on the theme of "Water and Energy". The events this year are coordinated by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN University (UNU). Events celebrating World Water Day will take place across the globe, including in Sri Lanka, the US, the Philippines, Benin, Poland and Tunisia among many others, and are expected to engage stakeholders, government officials, non governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and youth on issues related to water and energy.  

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UNECE, UNDP Facilitate Water Cooperation in Chu and Talas River Basins [viewed]

UNDP UNECE27 February 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Kyrgyz authorities have organized meetings aimed at promoting water cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakstan in the transboundary Chu and Talas Rivers.

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February 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbFebruary 2014: Throughout the month of February, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) undertook a number of activities and highlighted various projects in a range of countries, including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cameroon, Djibouti, the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Swaziland, Turkey and Zimbabwe. 

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Nordic Council Assesses Options for Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform [viewed]

Nordic Council Logo10 February 2014: The Nordic Council of Ministers has published a paper, titled 'Nordic Cooperation on fossil-fuel subsidy reform in developing countries: Assessing Options and Opportunities,' which outlines how development partners can work together to end fossil fuel subsidies in developing countries.

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UNICEF, GWP to Collaborate on Water and Climate Resilience [viewed]

Unicef Logo2 February 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) have announced a strategic partnership to cooperate on work related to water and climate resilience. A central goal of the partnership is to provide practical guidance to UNICEF country offices working on its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme.

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