Near East

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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Indian Ocean Countries Collaborate on Climate Data Rescue [viewed]

gfcs24 April 2014: The International Workshop on the Recovery and Digitization of Climate Heritage in the Indian Ocean Rim Countries and Islands convened in recognition of the need to accelerate the recovery of the region's historical climate records. At the workshop, governments established the INdian Ocean Data REscue Initiative (INDARE), adopted a declaration and agreed to finalize an INDARE implementation plan.

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Event: Tehran Workshop on Harnessing Climate Change Financing for Forests in Central Asia [viewed]

The workshop, the first of three sub-regional workshops to be held as part of the Climate Change Financing for Forests Project under the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), will facilitate an exchange of views and experiences on climate change finance for forest management. Outcomes from the workshop will include suggestions on ways to enhance the links between climate change and forest finance. Hosted by the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), the workshop will bring together representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.  

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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UNEP, UNDP Support NAPs Development in African LDCs [viewed]

nap-gsp17 April 2014: The National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) convened a four-day, high-level training and knowledge exchange on developing and implementing NAPs. Environment, finance and planning ministers from English-speaking Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa attended the workshop.

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