Near East

Event: FT/IFC Investing in Climate Business Forum [viewed]

Organized by the Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), this event focuses on the role of the private sector in addressing climate change through opportunities in green energy, clean technology and water in the emerging Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  

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UNDP Reports on Environment and Sustainable Development Work in 2008-2012 [viewed]

UNDPApril 2013: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Environment and Energy Group (EEG) has released a report, titled ‘Towards Transformational Change: UNDP's Work in Environment and Sustainable Development 2008-2012.' The publication features a collection of stories from around the world in four strategic areas: mainstreaming environment and energy; mobilizing environmental finance; promoting adaptation to climate change; and expanding access to environmental and energy services for the poor.

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CIF Increases Support to Solar Energy, Establishes Index of the Business Environment for Energy [viewed]

cif_logo6 May 2013: During their 2013 annual meeting, the Trust Fund Committees and Sub-Committees of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved five revised Investment Plans for the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), and established a global index of the business environment for energy aiming to improve opportunities for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access under the Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP).

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC25 April 203: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a miscellaneous document containing 11 parties' views, as well as submissions by four UN organizations and one intergovernmental organization, on the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.2).

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CIF Calls for Proposals that Involve the Private Sector in REDD+ and Climate Resilience [viewed]

cif_logoApril 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is calling for proposals to enhance the involvement of the private sector under the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) and the Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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ESMAP Annual Report Highlights 2012 Work on SE4ALL, Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

ESMAP17 April 2013: The World Bank's Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) 2012 Annual Report highlights achievements including: support for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL); completion of Low Carbon Growth Country Studies; global deployment of the Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE); and continued assistance to Lighting Africa.

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FAO's Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Newsletter Highlights Awareness Raising and REDD+ Workshops [viewed]

FAOApril 2013:  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released its March newsletter on the Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure Governance Initiative. This edition reports on regional awareness raising workshops for francophone and anglophone Africa. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Parties' Views on Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC18 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a miscellaneous document containing parties' views on the work programme on the impact of the implementation of response measures (FCCC/SB/2013/MISC.2).

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UN-Backed Seminar Assesses Impact of Glaciers Melting on Water Systems in Central Asia [viewed]

UNESCO15 April 2013: Approximately 60 researchers and officials from the five Central Asian States and Afghanistan, as well as representatives from international organizations and the donor community, gathered at a UN-backed seminar to discuss the impact of glacier melting on the water resources of Central Asia and review practical steps in adaptation strategies at national and regional levels.

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UNFCCC Releases Updated Compilation of Developing Countries' NAMAs [viewed]

UNFCCC11 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat released an updated compilation of all nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMAs) that developing countries intend to implement (FCCC/SBI/2013/INF.12). It contains NAMA information communicated by 55 developing countries and a group of parties, as included in documents FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/INF.1 and FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.2 and Add.1, as well as those provided by Burkina Faso, Dominica, Gambia and Guinea, who had not previously communicated NAMAs.

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