World Bank, GEF Support Eco-City Project in China [viewed]

22 July 2010: The World Bank has approved a US$6.16 Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to support the Sino-Singapore Eco-City Project (SSTECP) in Tianjin, China, an area of 34.2 square kilometers that is designed to become a model of energy and resource efficiency while maintaining economic viability and social harmony.

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World Bank President Visits Mexico, Signs Green Loans [viewed]

22 July 2010: World Bank president Robert B. Zoellick visited Mexico to sign two recently-approved ‘green loans' worth US$800 million and announce new Mexican participation in the Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Briefs Press on the Status of Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

22 July 2010: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, held a press conference in Bonn, Germany, on 22 July 2010, describing the status of the climate change negotiation process.

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Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group Meets [viewed]

20 July 2010: The Commonwealth's Eminent Persons Group met for the first time in London, UK, on 19-20 July 2010, to develop options for renewal and reform of the Commonwealth. The Group discussed ways in which the Commonwealth should remain fully engaged in global debates and challenges that affect its members, especially small States and developing States, such as climate change, food security and international financial liquidity.

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IEA Reports: China Becomes the World's Largest Energy Consumer [viewed]

20 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that China's energy consumption has surpassed that of the US sooner than expected, and is now the highest in the world.

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UNEP Opens Applications for SEED Awards [viewed]

20 July 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the opening of applications for the 2010 SEED Awards. The annual competition, run by the SEED Initiative, which is hosted by UNEP, aims to identify and help develop the most promising social and environmental start-ups in emerging and developing countries.

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CGIAR's Climate Change Programme Opens Call for Methodology Proposals [viewed]

July 2010: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Challenge Programme (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has opened a call for methodological proposals.

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Event: IRENA: Fourth Session of the Preparatory Commission [viewed]

This meeting will be the fourth and final session of the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) Preparatory Commission. IRENA became a fully-fledged international organization on 8 July 2010, with the 25th ratification of its statute. The agenda will include: the nomination of a second interim Director General to replace departing interim Director General, Hélène Pelosse; propositions for the 2011 Work Programme and its budget (currently assumed to be about US$ 18 million for 2011); more closely defining its permanent institutions; the planning of the first General Assembly; and presentations of winner of the “Solar for all” design competition.  

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UNDP Publishes Guidebook on Gender and Community-Based Adaptation [viewed]

July 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a guidebook titled "Gender, Climate Change, and Community-Based Adaptation," which aims to ensure that community-based adaptation projects contribute to the achievement of gender equality and women's empowerment by integrating a gendered perspective into programming and project design.

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World Bank Publishes Report on Transport-Related Emissions in Chinese Cities [viewed]

22 July 2010: The World Bank has published a working paper titled "Urban Transport and CO2 emissions: Some evidence from Chinese cities" that seeks to establish a baseline for carbon dioxide transport-related emissions in China.

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