IWMI Releases Policy Brief on Groundwater Management and Climate Change [viewed]

June 2010: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a policy brief titled “Banking on Groundwater in Times of Change,” which highlights the importance of groundwater storage for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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Event: Global Expert Workshop on Biodiversity Benefits of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries [viewed]

This workshop is convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN-REDD Programme and with the financial support of the Government of Germany. Its purpose is to support the efforts of parties in addressing reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) in the framework of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in a way that contributes to the implementation of the CBD programme of work on forest biodiversity.  

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UNFCCC Releases Public Inputs on Methodology for Lighting with LED Systems [viewed]

30 June 2010: At its 54th meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agreed to open a call for public inputs on the specific aspects of a methodology framework for estimating greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from replacing fuel-based lighting with LED Systems.

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World Bank Approves Electricity Efficiency Project in Ghana [viewed]

29 June 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved an International Development Assistance (IDA) credit of US$70 million equivalent for a project in Ghana aimed at improving the operational efficiency of the electricity distribution system and increasing the population's access to electricity.

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World Bank Supports Adaptation in the Philippines [viewed]

29 June 2010: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a pilot project in the Philippines, called the Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP), which is designed to enable targeted rural communities to cope with the impact of climate change.

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Second Science with Africa Conference Focuses on Innovation for Development [viewed]

28 June 2010: The Second Science with Africa Conference has ended with the adoption of recommendations on how African countries can leverage science and technology to carry forward their development agenda.

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UNFCCC Publishes Experts Report on Non-Annex I National Communications [viewed]

June 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/SBI/2010/INF.2) of the first meeting of the reconstituted Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE), which took place in Bonn, Germany, from 29- 31 March 2010.

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New IRENA Newsletter Published [viewed]

June 2010: The Preparatory Commission for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published its third newsletter, primarily discussing IRENA's coming entry into force on 8 July 2010.

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Event: International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in Transboundary Tropical Forests [viewed]

This Conference is organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), in the framework of the International Year of Biodiversity in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and IUCN, with the support of the Government of Ecuador. Its results, conclusions and recommendations will be brought to the attention of participants at the CBD COP 10 that will be held in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010. The objective of the Conference is to review the status and ways ahead for the conservation, management and financing of biodiversity in tropical transboundary conservation areas (TBCAs).  

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UNDESA Releases World Economic and Social Survey 2010 [viewed]

29 June 2010: The UN Department for Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) has released the World Economic and Social Survey (WEES) 2010, which indicates that many of the global crises in recent years – such as the food, fuel and financial crises – are to a large extent due to major systemic failures in the global economy and weaknesses in the mechanisms for global governance.

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