African Working Group Agrees Accelerated Implementation of Regional DRR Strategy [viewed]

6 April 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the African Union (AU) convened the inaugural meeting of the reconstituted African Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (AWGDRR). The Group met from 29-31 March 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Pan-African Climate and Health Workshop Discusses Preparations for COP 17 [viewed]

6 April 2011: The second Pan-African Climate and Health workshop was held from 4-6 April 2011, as part of the African region's preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC to be held in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year.

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64th Session of UNECE Commission Focuses on Energy and Transport [viewed]

6 April 2011: The 64th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which convened from 29-31 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, discussed economic integration and cooperation with a focus on transport and trade infrastructure and energy cooperation.

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FAO Creates Partnership for Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

6 April 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has created a new partnership with 11 other organizations and institutions to tackle the threats of climate change facing forests in the Mediterranean region. The announcement came during the Second Mediterranean Forest Week, held from 5-8 April 2011, in Avignon, France.

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UNEP, European Climate Foundation Release Additional Appendices of Emission Gap Report [viewed]

6 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Climate Foundation have released three additional Appendices to the Emissions Gap Report. The appendices provide additional information about emission pledge calculations in the report and how report authors reached their conclusions.

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IEA Publishes First Clean Energy Progress Report [viewed]

6 April 2011: As an input to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), held on 6-7 April 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), the International Energy Agency (IEA) has published its first “Clean Energy Progress Report,” assessing global deployment of clean energy technologies and recommending actions for their promotion.

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UNEP/GEF en.lighten Initiative Releases First Newsletter [viewed]

1 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten initiative has released the first issue of its newsletter, which contains information on taskforces, country lighting assessments, and action at the country level.

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UNDP, GEF Support Solar Energy in Nigeria [viewed]

UNDP22 March 2011: The Community Research and Development Centre (CREDC), in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme (GEF SGP), the Global Greengrants Fund (GGF) and the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), is implementing a project titled "Access to Electricity in Odighi Community in Edo State using Photo Voltaic" in Nigeria.

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UNDP Project Builds Capacity of Climate Policy Advisors in LDCs [viewed]

UNDPMarch 2011: The Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has recently approved a strategic initiative to address the weak institutional capacities within Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to tackle climate change, known as "Boots on the Ground."

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Event: CBD Latin America and Caribbean Capacity-Building Workshop on REDD-Plus Including Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards [viewed]

Organized by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador and with financial support from the Government of Japan and the UN-REDD Programme, the purpose of this workshop is to consult with parties on the development of advice on relevant biodiversity safeguards, so that REDD-plus actions are consistent with the objectives of the CBD and avoid negative impacts on and enhance benefits for biodiversity.  

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