World Bank Umbrella Carbon Facility to Buy Post-2012 Carbon Credits [viewed]

12 January 2011: The World Bank has announced that Tranche 2 of its Umbrella Carbon Facility (UCF) is now operational with initial funding of €68 million. This Tranche provides the opportunity for existing carbon projects to continue selling their carbon credits well beyond 2012.

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Argentina Takes Over Group of 77 Chairmanship [viewed]

12 January 2011: Speaking at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, US, marking the handover from Yemen to Argentina of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China (G77/China), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that important trends "continue to shape our shared efforts to combat poverty and ensure prosperity for all."

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EEA Publishes Report on Natural Hazards and Technological Accidents in Europe [viewed]

12 January 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled "Mapping the impacts of natural hazards and technological accidents in Europe," which analyzes impacts of three types of hazards: hydrometeorological or weather related, such as storms, extreme temperature events, forest fires, droughts and floods; geophysical, including snow avalanches, landslides, earthquakes and volcanoes; and technological, such as oil spills, industrial accidents and toxic spills from mining activities.

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ADB Publishes Climate Change Programs Report [viewed]

December 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report featuring its efforts to promote integrated solutions to address climate change threats in Asia and the Pacific.

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Event: UNESCO Workshop on Flood and Drought Management in Pakistan [viewed]

This workshop will discuss: training policy makers and managers in flood and drought management; assessing the capacity of existing water education institutes and training of flood forecasting specialists; training water department technicians and managers and updating curricula; and providing education in schools and communities in managing geo-hazards. The workshop is part of a the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) partnership with Pakistan to help the country develop and manage its responses to flood and drought, and to measure potential impacts of land-use, population, climate change and other factors on water resources.  

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US Secretary of State Expresses Support for IRENA [viewed]

12 January 2011: In a statement delivered at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, commended the goals of the International Renewable Agency (IRENA) towards accelerating the rapid development and deployment of renewable energy worldwide.

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Photography Exhibition on Polar Regions Opens at UN Headquarters [viewed]

12 January 2011: A joint photography exhibition by two Swedish photographers opened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 12 January 2011. “Once Upon a Time … in Antarctica,” by Stig Gustafsson, presents Antarctica's animal life and landscapes, dry valleys, glaciers and ice floes, and “Gateway to the Arctic,” by Jens Thuresson, presents images from the northern polar region.

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ICAO Journal Reviews Environmental Progress Made at 37th Assembly [viewed]

10 January 2011: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has released its latest journal issue, focusing on the outcomes of ICAO's 37th Assembly.

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IEA Expert Discusses the State of Play After Cancun [viewed]

10 January 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published IEA expert Richard Baron's assessment of the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

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Preparatory Meeting for LDC Conference Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

10 January 2011: The first session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Fourth UN Conference on the LDCs opened on 10 January 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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