CIF Endorses Kenyan Plan to Develop Renewable Energy Resources [viewed]

30 September 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have approved funding for Kenya's investment plan to scale up and develop its renewable energy resources, which will enhance their energy security, increase electricty access, reduce supply costs and bring socioeconomic benefits to local communities.

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AfDB, Eskom Sign Renewable Energy Loan Agreement [viewed]

25 September 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a US$365 million loan agreement with Eskom, an electricity company that operates in the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to implement large-scale wind and solar generation projects.

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Host Country Agreement Signed for Durban Climate Change Conference [viewed]

3 October 2011: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, and Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, have signed the Host Country Agreement for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC and the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7), which will take place in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November to 9 December 2011.

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-LCA Submissions for Panama Session [viewed]

UNFCCC3 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a number of submisisons from parties to be considered by the third part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), taking place in Panama City, Panama, from 1-7 October 2011.

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IDB to Fund Energy Efficiency Investments in Central America [viewed]

IDB3 October 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is partnering with the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) to launch a programme for companies in Central America to adopt clean technologies and improve their energy efficiency.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Highlights Importance of Forwarding Draft Decisions to Durban [viewed]

2 October 2011: Speaking during the UN Climate Change Conference in Panama City, Panama, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres welcomed the recognition by governments of the need to speed up and scale up their efforts to address climate change, and that to ensure a successfull outcome in Durban at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, the Panama talks need to conclude with the adoption of draft decisions.

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CBD Sends Input to UNFCCC on Biodiversity, ILC Aspects of REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

CBD30 September 2011: A submission of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) contains summaries of four expert workshops on the links between biodiversity and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries), including relevant biodiversity safeguards.

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Latin American Carbon Forum Calls for CDM Continuity [viewed]

30 September 2011: The sixth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum concluded in San José, Costa Rica, with calls by carbon project developers and the private sector to clarify the future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other carbon finance options.

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PAHO Adopts Strategy and Action Plan on Climate Change [viewed]

30 September 2011: The 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) adopted a new strategy and action plan on climate change drafted by the PAHO Secretariat. These documents call on countries in the Americas to develop national climate change strategies with technical help from PAHO and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as national campaigns to increase awareness of the health risks of climate change.

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CDM Executive Board Calls for Public Inputs on New Methodologies and Standardized Baselines [viewed]

UNFCCC29 September 2011: At its 63rd meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agreed to open four new calls for public input on a new draft renewable energy methodology, suppressed demand, standardized baselines and new draft small scale methodologies.

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