Event: Commonwealth High-level Meeting on Climate Finance [viewed]

This meeting will explore challenges that prevent climate finance from flowing to the Commonwealth's most vulnerable members, building on the outcomes of the Commonwealth leaders meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, in 2009 and the commitments made at the UN Climate Change meetings in Copenhagen and Cancun.  

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ASEAN Focuses on Socioeconomic Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management
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20 January 2011: As reported in the Bulletin of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for January 2011, ASEAN officials met on 19 January 2011 to discuss the integration of socioeconomic aspects in sustainable forest management, as part of the implementation of the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change.

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China and US Launch Two New EcoPartnerships [viewed]

19 January 2011: The US and China expanded their EcoPartnership programme with the admission of two more partnerships related to energy efficiency demonstration projects and research on lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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WTO Members Address Environmental Issues within the Doha Mandate [viewed]

19 January 2011: An informal meeting of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Committee on Trade and Environment in Special Session (CTESS) met on 10-14 January 2011,  and WTO members reviewed the various proposals on the table covering the Doha mandate related to environment.

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New ECOSOC President Outlines 2011 Agenda [viewed]

18 January 2010: In his inaugural speech, the new President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Lazarous Kapambwe (Zambia), outlined his priorities for the Council in the coming year, including accelerating the review, coordination and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UN Launches World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011 [viewed]

18 January 2011: The UN launched a report titled "World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011," which provides that fiscal policies, in tandem with income and structural policies, will need to be reoriented to foster job creation and green growth.

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UN-HABITAT and UNEP Launch Sustainable Urban Transport Initiative in East Africa [viewed]

18 January 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched a regional model initiative to promote the implementation of sustainable urban transport solutions in East African cities.

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UNDP Asia and Pacific Director Addresses Issue of Green Cities and China [viewed]

UNDP17 January 2011: In an op-ed published in the People's Daily in China, Ajay Chibber, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Bureau Director of Asia and Pacific, highlights that China has the potential of becoming a world leader in green urban development.

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IDB and Japan Sign MoU in Support of Clean Energy [viewed]

14 January 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency  (JICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support renewable energy and energy efficiency for the mitigation of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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EIB Funds Electric Vehicle Battery Research [viewed]

10 January 2011: Philippe de Fontaine Vive, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), and Vincent Bolloré, CEO of the Bolloré Group, signed a EUR 130 million finance contract in support of research, development and innovation programmes in the field of electricity storage (batteries and electric vehicles).

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