Petersberg Climate Dialogue Gathers Environment and Climate Ministers [viewed]

4 May 2010: Germany and Mexico jointly hosted the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Germany, from 2-4 May 2010, with a view to developing, in an informal framework, a political position in time for the next round of formal negotiations under the UNFCCC.

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UNFCCC Publishes Information on Fifth National Communications [viewed]

4 May 2010: The UNFCCC has published a note (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.1) on the status of submission and review of fifth national communications.

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AfDB Supports African Climate Change Institutions [viewed]

4 May 2010: The African Development Bank (AfDB) launched a project to support climate institutions in Africa from 2010-2012, for an estimated total of US$37 million.

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EC launches Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region [viewed]

4 May 2010: The European Commission (EC) has launched a Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region, the first compilation of all available information on the soils above the latitude of 50° N as a carbon pool.

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UNECE Reports on Aral Sea Basin Programme Meeting [viewed]

3 May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has reported on the development of the Third Aral Sea Basin Programme, a regional action plan for 2011- 2015 that will improve preparedness to address new challenges, including climate change.

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ADB Seminar Discusses Financing Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

2 May 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) held a seminar on "Financing Climate Change and Sustainable Development Action in Asia and the Pacific" during its Annual Meeting, held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on 2-4 May 2010.

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Fourth GEF Assembly Documents Identify Climate Tipping Points [viewed]

May 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has published documents for the Fourth GEF Assembly, including a report of its Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), which highlights that climate change is "even more dangerous than previously expected" and identifies a series of climate change tipping points (GEF/A.4/3).

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UNFCCC Publishes Nairobi Work Programme Report [viewed]

29 April 2010: The UNFCCC has published a report (FCCC/SBSTA/2010/INF.2) on progress made in implementing activities under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

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Donor Platform Releases Paper on Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

April 2010: The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development released an issues paper on agriculture and climate change that examines what happened on agriculture at the Copenhagen climate talks and future directions for agriculture and climate change both within and outside of the UNFCCC negotiations.

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World Bank Spring Meetings Increase Developing Country Voice [viewed]

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group Spring Meetings, held in Washington DC from 24-25 April 2010, increased voting power in the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) for developing and transition countries by 3.13%, bringing it to a total of 47.19%, and also agreed to continue working towards equitable voting power while protecting the voting power of the smallest poor countries.

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