UNPFII Urges Development Models Based on Indigenous Values [viewed]

The ninth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened from 19-30 April 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, considered economic and social issues and their impacts, including the financial crisis, climate change, forests and the actions of multinational corporations, among other issues.

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Summit Ponders Private Sector [viewed]

The UN Business for the Environment Global Summit (B4E Summit) took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 21-23 April 2010.

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CGIAR and Earth System Science Partnership Launch Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

4 May 2010: The Alliance of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Centers and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) launched the Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) at a meeting on 4 May 2010, at the World Agroforestry Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

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InterAcademy Council Names IPCC Review Committee [viewed]

3 May 2010: The InterAcademy Council (IAC), an organization of the world's science academies, announced that Harold Shapiro, an economist and former president of Princeton University and the University of Michigan, will chair a 12-member committee to conduct an independent review of the procedures and processes of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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ADB Annual Meeting Launches Three-Gigawatt Solar Energy Initiative [viewed]

3 May 2010: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced a solar energy initiative to generate 3,000 megawatts of solar power over the next three years, with plans to invest US$2.25 billion and the potential to leverage an additional US$6.75 billion in co-financing.

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African FAO Meeting Highlights Implications of Climate Change on Food Security [viewed]

3 May 2010: The 26th Regional Conference for Africa of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which is being held in Luanda, Angola, from 3-7 May 2010, discussed a paper on "Climate change implications for food security and natural resources management in Africa."

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-LCA Submissions [viewed]

30 April 2010: The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has published a document (FCCC/AWGLCA/2010/MISC.2) including additional views on which the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) may draw on in preparing text to facilitate negotiations among parties. The document includes 18 submissions from parties.

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OECD, WTO, ILO, IMF and World Bank Heads Identify Fields for Action [viewed]

28 April 2010: German Chancellor Angela Merkel organized a meeting with the OECD Secretary-General, WTO Director-General, ILO Director-General, IMF Managing Director and World Bank President. The joint press release from the event identifies several fields for action, including green growth and climate change.

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World Bank Showcases Climate Financing Results [viewed]

April 2010: The World Bank's brief on "Multiple Solutions to Address the Climate Change Challenge" highlights that the Bank channelled, during fiscal year 2009, US$9.3 billion in financing for climate-affected sectors. 

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UNDP Promotes Energy Access for the Poor through Multifunctional Platforms [viewed]

April 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the Government of Burkina Faso to promote access to energy as a key component of poverty reduction. The initiative includes the installation of multifunctional platforms, powered by a diesel engine.

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