UNHCR Marks 60th Anniversary of Refugee Convention [viewed]

28 July 2011: In his statement delivered on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres underlined that the causes of forced displacement are multiplying, noting that extreme poverty and the impact of climate change add to the traditional causes of displacement.

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IEA, South Africa to Cooperate on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

International Energy Agency (IEA)28 July 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Government of South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on sustainable energy options, including on renewables, data collection and analysis, training and capacity building, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and energy technology.

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UNGA Debate on Right to Water Highlights Impact of Climate Change [viewed]

27 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a debate on the human right to water and sanitation, during which a number of speakers highlighted that climate change constitutes an obstacle to the enjoyment of this right, stressing the particular situations of small island low-lying States.

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ECOSOC Establishes Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management [viewed]

27 July 2011: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has agreed to establish a committee of experts on global geospatial information management to coordinate international dialogue on spatial data infrastructures and enhance cooperation in that field.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Participation at the Oslo REDD+ Exchange [viewed]

UNREDD Newsletter27 July 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the July 2011 issue of its newsletter, which highlights the UN-REDD Programme's participation in the Oslo REDD+ exchange, which took place from 23-24 June 2011, in Norway, focusing on matters related to REDD+ safeguards and policies addressing the underlying drivers of deforestation.  

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UNEP, WRI Invite Comments on the Design of the Climate Regime [viewed]

26 July 2011: The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are calling for comments and feedback related to a project titled "Designing an International Climate Regime: Moving the UNFCCC Forward," which aims to capture a diverse range of views on issues reflecting the main approaches that may be taken to build a climate regime.

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UNDP Assists Turkmenistan in Developing National Climate Change Strategy [viewed]

UNDP26 July 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Turkmenistan have organized the Third Inter-ministerial Dialogue focusing on the Development of a National Strategy on Climate Change.

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World Bank Finances Geothermal Expansion in Indonesia [viewed]

World Bank26 July 2011: The World Bank has approved two loans to fund geothermal energy in Indonesia: a US$175 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and a US$125 million concessional loan from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), on the basis of the project's positive impact on climate change.

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Energy for All Partnership Newsletter Highlights Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum [viewed]

21 July 2011: The Energy for All Partnership, a multi-stakeholder collaboration to reduce energy poverty and improve access to modern energy services, has published its July 2011 Newsletter, which includes articles on the sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum and the Energy for All Steering Committee meeting.

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UNFCCC Publishes GHG Inventory Report Reviews of Norway and Turkey [viewed]

UNFCCC21 July 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the reports of the individual review of the annual submissions of Norway (FCCC/ARR/2010/NOR) and Turkey (FCCC/ARR/2010/TUR) submitted in 2010.

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