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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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Briefs Press on the Status of Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

22 July 2010: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, held a press conference in Bonn, Germany, on 22 July 2010, describing the status of the climate change negotiation process.

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Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group Meets [viewed]

20 July 2010: The Commonwealth's Eminent Persons Group met for the first time in London, UK, on 19-20 July 2010, to develop options for renewal and reform of the Commonwealth. The Group discussed ways in which the Commonwealth should remain fully engaged in global debates and challenges that affect its members, especially small States and developing States, such as climate change, food security and international financial liquidity.

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IEA Reports: China Becomes the World's Largest Energy Consumer [viewed]

20 July 2010: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that China's energy consumption has surpassed that of the US sooner than expected, and is now the highest in the world.

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UNEP Opens Applications for SEED Awards [viewed]

20 July 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the opening of applications for the 2010 SEED Awards. The annual competition, run by the SEED Initiative, which is hosted by UNEP, aims to identify and help develop the most promising social and environmental start-ups in emerging and developing countries.

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