Event: Methane to Markets Partnership Expo [viewed]

This event is organized by the World Bank, the International Energy Agency, and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) among others. It is a forum for methane projects technology, financing and policy, and provides an opportunity to: showcase methane mitigation projects and technologies; learn about the latest methane mitigation projects and technologies; meet with potential project partners and financiers; explore key technical, financial, and policy issues; and interact with high-level government agencies from 30 countries.

 

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Guest Article #34: Making the Most of Climate Finance: A Development Perspective [viewed]

The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference underscored the urgent need to make additional financing for adaptation and mitigation available to developing countries. As we all know, the needs are enormous.

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UNECE Provides Guidance for Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines [viewed]

17 February 2010: The “Weekly” newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), for the period 15-19 February 2010, announces that UNECE and the Methane to Markets Partnership have elaborated “Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines.”

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UN-HABITAT Highlights the Need to Confront the Challenge of Urbanization in Africa in the Context of Climate Change [viewed]

16 February 2010:  A conference on Sub-Saharan Africa, held during the first week of February 2010 at Wiston House in Wilton Park, Sussex, UK, focused on the challenges faced by Africa half way between the report of the Commission for Africa, tabled at the Gleneagles Summit in 2005, and the target date for completion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

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European Commission Scientific Newsletter Focuses on Climate and Health [viewed]

11 February 2010: The most recent issue of Science for Environment Policy, the newsletter published by the European Commission to inform policy makers of recent research findings, includes several pieces on climate change and a special thematic issue on climate change and health.

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FAO Co-Organizes Regional Workshop on Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative [viewed]

10 February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Senegalese Agency for the Great Green Wall Initiative recently co-organized a regional workshop on “Guidelines on Practices for Sustainable Forest Management in Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa.”

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World Bank Holds Consultations on New Environment Strategy with Central Asia Stakeholders [viewed]

4 February 2010: The World Bank is undertaking a consultative process towards the adoption of its new corporate Environment Strategy. According to the Bank, the new Strategy will take into account a set of principles, realities and challenges faced in the implementation of environmental activities such as climate change and urbanization. As part of the consultation process, a workshop for Central Asia was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, at the World Bank office, on 4 February 2010.

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Event: Workshop on Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Timber section, in cooperation with the World Trade Organization (WTO), will organize a workshop to discuss tariff and non-tariff trade barriers and emerging trade regulations on timber. Participants will discuss the economic impacts of trade and trade-related measures on timber markets, taking into account the link between trade liberalization and the key challenges facing the forest-based sector, including climate change.  

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Funding Available for NGOs to Participate in CIF Partnership Forum [viewed]

15 February 2010:  The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have announced that funds are available to sponsor the participation of developing country NGOs in the CIF Second Partnership Forum, which is scheduled to take place from 18-19 March 2010, in Manila, the Philippines, and which will be hosted by the Asian Development Bank.

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UN Secretary-General Launches High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing [viewed]

12 February 2010: During a press conference held on 12 February 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched aHigh-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. The Group will seek to mobilize the financial resources for climate change that were pledged at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.

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