Steering Committee for African-Arab Joint Action Plan on Agricultural Development and Food Security Convenes [viewed]

1 May 2011: The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Government of Sudan, held the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the African-Arab Joint Action Plan (JAP) on Agricultural Development and Food Security in Khartoum, Sudan.

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Green Climate Fund's Transitional Committee Elects Three Co-Chairs [viewed]

29 April 2011: Speaking at the conclusion of the first meeting of the Green Climate Fund's Transitional Committee in Mexico City, Mexico, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observed that a well-designed Green Climate Fund will help to ensure a low-carbon future that is sustainable and profitable.

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Clean Energy Ministerial Organizes Electric Vehicle Initiative Meeting [viewed]

29 April 2011: The Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI), a forum for cooperation on electric vehicles organized by the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), met in Shanghai, China, from 20-22 April 2011, at the International Forum on Electric Vehicle Pilot City and Industrial Development.

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Regional Global Forum on Sustainable Energy Identifies Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Renewables [viewed]

29 April 2011: The Regional Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) was held from 28-29 April 2011, at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna, Austria, under the theme “Energy between Danube and Caucasus - The Role of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency as a Key Issue for Economic Development.”

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UNDP Administrator Addresses B4E Summit [viewed]

28 April 2011: The 2011 Global Summit "B4E - Business for the Environment," an international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment organized in partnership between WWF and Global Initiatives, was held from 27-29 April 2011, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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World Bank Approves Hydropower Loan for Viet Nam [viewed]

26 April 2011: The World Bank approved a US$330 million loan for Viet Nam to support a 260 Megawatts multipurpose hydropower project that will help meet growing domestic demand for electricity, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and bring flood control and irrigation benefits to rural and poor communities in Thanh Hoa province.

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IFC Provides Framework for Climate Change Risk Analysis in Port Infrastructure [viewed]

April 2011: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has published a comprehensive framework for assessing the risks of climate change on port operations and options for adapting to risks. The report, titled "Climate Risk and Business: Ports," analyzes the climate-related risks and opportunities facing IFC client Terminal Maritimo Muelles el Bosque, a port in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Event: OECD DAC Green Growth and Development Workshop [viewed]

This Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) workshop will offer an interactive platform for discussion of the relevance of green growth to developing countries. It will involve four chaired roundtable discussions on: how a green growth lens could be applied to development on the way to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); the potential impacts of a global green growth transition on developing and least developed countries; how green growth short-run costs and technology requirements can be met; and opportunities for green growth to influence discussions at UNFCCC COP 17 in December 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  

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Event: Regional Conference on Renewable Energy Development in the Countries of Central Asia and CIS [viewed]

This Conference will review the results and lessons learned by the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) project on the development of a wind power market in Kazakhstan, including development of a legal framework and state regulation of renewable energy, development of local capacity while implementing wind parks projects, support in developing first projects, results achieved, experience and lessons learned during project implementation. Participants will have an opportunity to share views and experience in the development of renewable energy in Central Asia, and to develop recommendations on policies and cooperation in the field of renewables. The conference is organized by the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, the Ministry of Environment, the Kazakhstan Electricity Association (KEA) and UNDP Kazakhstan.  

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Event: Joint Implementation Roundtable [viewed]

The Joint Implementation (JI) Roundtable will be held in Bonn, Germany, immediately preceding the 25th meeting of the JI Supervisory Committee. The purpose of the roundtable is, among other things, to undertake consultations with JI stakeholders on issues relating to JI.  

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