ECOSOC Considers Development Policy Recommendations, Holds SIDS Panel [viewed]

23 July 2010: The 2010 Substantive Session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) convened for its 43rd session in New York, US, from 28 June-23 July 2010. On 21 July, ECOSOC considered recommendations from its subsidiary bodies, including the Committee for Development Policy, which addressed policy coherence on the climate change agenda in relation to its financial architecture and to other development agendas.

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FAO, IFAD Publish Report on Bioenergy from Jatropha [viewed]

22 July 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have published a report titled "Jatropha: A smallholder bioenergy crop," which discusses the potential for jatropha as a bioenergy crop in semi-arid and remote areas of developing countries.

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UNCCD Executive Secretary Highlights Links between Land and Security [viewed]

10 July 2010: In a statement to the Third Annual Caux Forum for Human Security, which convened from 9-16 July 2010, in Caux, Switzerland, Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), discussed "Grounding Security: Soil security a prerequisite for human security."  

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Ramsar, Danone and IUCN Call for Wet Carbon Proposals [viewed]

July 2010: The Danone wet carbon partnership, an initiative of the Ramsar Secretariat, IUCN and Danone, has extended the deadline for submission of project proposals that can deliver certified carbon credits and local community benefits through restoring mangrove ecosystems.

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SPREP Launches Regional Climate Financing Study [viewed]

23 July 2010: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has launched a regional study on climate change financing with a view to establishing a regional climate change fund or similar mechanism to help Pacific island countries improve access to, and management of, financial resources committed globally to combat climate change.

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IEA Publishes Review of Turkish Energy Sector [viewed]

23 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the latest in its series of policy reviews, titled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Turkey 2009 Review,” which contains evaluations and recommendations of Turkish energy framework policies, sectoral policies and technologies. 

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Second US-Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting Addresses Climate Cooperation [viewed]

22 July 2010: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam met in Hanoi, Viet Nam, on 22 July 2010, within the framework of the Lower Mekong Initiative, to address cooperation between the US and the Lower Mekong countries in areas of common concern, including climate change.

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UNCTAD's World Investment Report 2010 Focuses on Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

22 July 2010: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published its World Investment Report 2010, with a focus on "Investing in a Low Carbon Economy."

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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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