Near East

Mountain Partnership Calls for Including Mountains in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership10 January 2014: Representatives from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru called for including mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during an event on the margins of the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Also at the event, which took place on 8 January 2014, in New York, US, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat introduced two policy briefs highlighting sustainable mountain development as a priority. 

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World Bank, GEF Support Land and Water Management in Sudan [viewed]

World Bank - GEF18 December 2013: The World Bank and Government of Sudan have signed a $7.74 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support integrated landscape management for sustainable livelihoods.

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IFAD Approves $88 Million for Smallholder Farmer Adaptation [viewed]

IFAD16 December 2013: As part of the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) endorsed an agricultural investment programme for concessional loans and grant financing for smallholder farmers to manage climate risks.

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IFPRI Analyzes Climate Change Impacts on East African Agriculture [viewed]

IfpriDecember 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a book, titled 'East African Agriculture and Climate Change: A Comprehensive Analysis,' which examines food security threats posed by climate change facing ten countries of East and Central Africa.

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UNEP Atlas Shows Rapid Environmental Change in Arab Region [viewed]

UNEP10 December 2013 : A report, released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), and supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), indicates that the pace of environmental change in the Arab region may be faster than in the rest of the world due to growing populations and increasing environmental pressures.

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Development and Climate Days Discuss Innovative, Climate-Smart Development [viewed]

dcdays17 November 2013: Development and Climate Days (D&C Days) took place from 16-17 November 2013, in Warsaw, Poland, on the sidelines of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC. The days focused on the theme, “Innovative approaches, inclusive dialogue for climate-smart development.”

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IEA World Energy Outlook Highlights Energy Sector Trends, Predicts 3.6°C Temperature Increase [viewed]

IEA12 November 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its flagship annual publication, the 'World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2013,' which opens with the following sentence: “Many of the long-held tenets of the energy sector are being rewritten.”

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IFC Sees Possibility of US$1 Trillion in Climate-Smart Investment Potential in EMENA Region [viewed]

IFCNovember 2013: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector, has published a report that estimates up to US$1 trillion in climate-smart investment potential in renewable energy, resource efficiency and climate change adaptation across Emerging Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa (EMENA).

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Event: Fourth Session of the IRENA Assembly [viewed]

The fourth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly, IRENA's supreme governing body, will immediately precede the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), the International Water Summit (IWS) 2014, and EcoWASTE 2014, which together form Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW 2014).  

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UNEP Risø Working Paper Assesses Sustainable Development Impacts of NAMAs [viewed]

UNEP Risoe7 November 2013:  The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre has released a working paper titled 'Sustainable Development Impacts of NAMAs: An integrated approach to assessment of co-benefits based on experience with the CDM.' The paper assesses the sustainable development impacts of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and is part of UNEP Risø's 'Low Carbon Development' series.

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