World Bank Approves GEF Grant for Energy Efficiency Programme in China [viewed]

22 March 2011: The World Bank approved a US$13.4 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to provide technical assistance and capacity building to improve the quality and sustainability of energy efficiency programmes in three Chinese provinces.

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UNIDO, Republic of Korea Collaborate on Green Growth and Low-Carbon Industrial Development [viewed]

22 March 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Knowledge Economy of the Republic of Korea have signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation and identify joint projects and activities in the fields of green growth technology and low-carbon industrial development.

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UNCCD and WMO Discuss Action Plans [viewed]

15 March 2011: Representatives from the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) met on 15 March 2011, in Bonn, Germany, to review the WMO-UNCCD partnership and to further strengthen their cooperation in common areas of interest.

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UNDP Promotes Hydropower in Afghanistan [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of Afghanistan, has launched projects expected to provide clean water-driven energy to more than 6,200 households in rural and remote parts of Afghanistan. 

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Event: 7th RECETOX Summer School of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology [viewed]

The focus of the summer school is on the climate change impacts on the presence of organic pollutants (POPs) in the Arctic and their effects on: human health; long-range transport of pollutants to remote environments (high mountain and Arctic); deposition and distribution processes in such environments; transformation processes in snow and ice; influence of climate change on cycling of pollutants; bioaccumulation in biota; and health effects.  

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World Water Day 2011 Focuses on the Urban Challenge [viewed]

22 March 2011: World Water Day 2011 (WWD 2011) convened in Cape Town, South Africa, on 22 March 2011, under the theme “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge.”

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UNECE Facilitates Discussion of Recent Forest Assessments [viewed]

21 March 2011: On the occasion of World Forest Day, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) convened experts to review the status of and trends in forests and forest resources in Europe and North America, on 21 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The seminar was titled, "How successful is Sustainable Forest Management in the UNECE Region? State of forests and forest management in the UNECE region in the context of current needs and challenges."

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Nominees for Future Policy Award Announced [viewed]

21 March 2011: Nineteen forest policies from 16 countries have been nominated for this year's Future Policy Award, which is granted by The World Future Council in collaboration with the Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF).

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UNECE, FAO Launch PhD Thesis Award on Forest Management [viewed]

21 March 2011: The Forestry and Timber section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched a PhD Thesis Award to promote scientific research on sustainable forest management.

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UNFCCC Receives Submissions on Market and Non-Market Mechanisms [viewed]

21 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has received 19 submissions (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/MISC.2) from parties on their views on matters relating to the establishment of one or more market-based mechanisms to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions.

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