UNFCCC Climate Change Meeting Opens in Bangkok [viewed]

5 April 2011: The first part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14) and the 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16) have opened in Bangkok, Thailand.

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IRENA PrepCom Selects Adnan Amin as Director-General Designate [viewed]

4 April 2011: The Preparatory Commission for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held its fifth and final session on 3 April, during which it discussed provisional rules of procedure, staff and financial matters, host country agreements, and work programme and budget, among other agenda items.

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World Bank Launches e-Atlas of Global Development [viewed]

4 April 2011: The World Bank has launched an e-Atlas, which provides an interactive tool that maps and graphs more than 175 indicators from the World Bank's development database, including CO2 emissions, energy use, freshwater use, forest areas, marine protected areas and resource depletion.

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UN Secretary-General Visits UNEP and GEF Assisted Geothermal Project in Kenya [viewed]

2 April 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Joint Geophysical Imaging (JGI) for the Geothermal Reservoir Assessment Project in Olkaria, Kenya, to witness the development of geothermal energy in Kenya's Rift Valley.

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World Bank Conference and Report on East Asian Development Focus on Green Growth [viewed]

April 2011: The World Bank held a high-level forum for policy debate on East Asia's development challenges and opportunities, from 21-22 March 2011, in Singapore. The role and future of "green growth" for the region were among the topics and themes of the forum. During the meeting, the World Bank launched a special edition of its half-yearly report, the "East Asia and Pacific Economic Update." 

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IMF Recommends Fiscal Instruments and Financial Support to Transform Global Energy System [viewed]

31 March 2011: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a factsheet on "Climate Change and the IMF," which suggests that stabilizing global atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases will require a dramatic transformation of the entire global energy system, and recommends fiscal instruments to internalize environmental costs and large-scale and predictable financial assistance for developing countries to support action on climate change.

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World Bank Holds Agriculture and Rural Development Days [viewed]

25 March 2011: The World Bank organized its 2011 Agriculture and Rural Development Days (ARD) under the theme "Understanding Volatility and Managing Risk."

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CBD Releases March Issue of REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter [viewed]

March 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the March issue of its “REDD-plus & Biodiversity e-Newsletter.”

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CGIAR Researchers Identify Hotspots of Climate Change and Food Insecurity [viewed]

March 2011: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) held a seminar on mapping hotspots of climate change and food insecurity across the global tropics, on 15 March 2011 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Event: [Cancelled] International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management: Adaptation Measures to Water Scarcity Science and Policy Responses [viewed]

Due to unforeseen circumstances the "Second UNESCO-UCI International Conference on Groundwater Resources Management" has been cancelled. This Conference is jointly organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the University of Irvine, California (UCI). This Second UNESCO-UCI 2011 Conference on ‘Groundwater Resources Management' will evaluate the progress made in groundwater management since the First Conference in 2008. The four themes of the conference are: the role of groundwater in adapting to the impacts of global and climate changes; strengthening groundwater management for sustainable development; innovative methods and technologies for groundwater management; and groundwater education, cooperation and governance. The Conference results will be presented at the 6th World Water Forum (March 2012, Marseille, France) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20, in June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).  

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