UN/ISDR Holds Briefing on Preparations for Third Session of the Global Platform for DRR [viewed]

21 March 2011: Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Norway to the UN, together with the Secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), a Briefing on the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction – Mid-term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action and Preparations for the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) – took place on 21 March 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Report of 48th Meeting of CDM Methodologies Panel Released [viewed]

21 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the 48th meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel, which convened from 7-11 March 2011, in Bonn, Germany. The Panel considered matters relating to methodologies for CDM project baselines and monitoring plans.

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World Bank Outlines Green Growth Strategy for China [viewed]

20 March 2011: Speaking at the China Development Forum held in Beijing, China, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank Managing Director, analyzed China's macroconomic situation, highlighting that the country is "taking on issues of global importance such as climate change."

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UNFCCC Publishes Non-Annex I NAMAs [viewed]

18 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a compilation (FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/INF.1) of information on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) to be implemented by Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention.

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CBD, IPCC Invite Contributions for AR5 on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

16 March 2011: The Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have issued a joint notification inviting CBD National Focal Points and focal points for the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to contribute to and review chapters of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) related to biodiversity and climate change, to be completed in 2014.

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Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Launches Newsletter [viewed]

11 March 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has launched a new weekly newsletter publication titled "CCCCC News Update," which contains a review of climate change news and events relevant to the Caribbean region.

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Event: Second Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

The Second Clean Energy Ministerial is an initiative of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which was established in early 2009 to facilitate a positive outcome of climate change negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Ministers of the MEF will discuss initiatives that were developed as a result of the first Clean Energy Ministerial, which met in July 2010 in Washington, DC, US. These initiatives sought to eliminate the need to build more than 500 mid-sized power plants, begin smart grid deployment, deploy 20 million electric vehicles by 2020 and bring solar lanterns or other improved energy services to more than 10 million people without access to grid electricity by 2015. Governments participating in Clean Energy Ministerial initiatives include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Norway, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the United States.  

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Projects in Solomon Islands, Eritrea and Ecuador [viewed]

18 March 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board has approved funding for projects in Eritrea, Ecuador and the Solomon Islands totaling US$19.5 million. The decisions were taken during the Board's 13th meeting, in Bonn, Germany, on 17-18 March 2011. The Board also approved a project concept from Uruguay that uses the Adaptation Fund's direct access modality for countries to access financing directly.

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WMO Develops Brochure on Extreme Events [viewed]

18 March 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has published a brochure titled "Weather Extremes in a Changing Climate: Hindsight on Foresight," which describes extreme events that have occurred between 2001 and 2010.

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IEA Paper Highlights Interactions of Policies for Renewable Energy and Climate [viewed]

18 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a working paper by Cédric Philibert titled “Interactions of Policies for Renewable Energy and Climate.”

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