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The GEF Council functions as the main governing body of the GEF. Its 32 members meet twice a year, with each representing a group of countries (‘constituency') including both donors and recipients of GEF funding. GEF funding is channeled to several focal areas, namely: biological diversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, ozone layer depletion and persistent organic pollutants.
28 December 2010: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have entered into an agreement to cooperate to facilitate the transfer of environmentally-sound technologies to Cambodia.
22 December 2010: The UN World Tourism Organization (UN WTO) has announced an initiative to improve energy efficiency in the hotel industry.
22 December 2010: The 28th meeting of the Executive Body of the Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Convention (LRTAP) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-17 December 2010. Participants discussed the expansion of the scope of the Convention to tackle black carbon, among other items.
22 December 2010: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2010/AUS) of the review of the annual inventory submission of Australia.
21 December 2010: The European Communication has released a communication on carbon market oversight, as a first step towards the possible formulation of a legislative proposal in 2011.
20 December 2010: In a press release, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, observes that the successful Cancun Climate Change Conference must be followed up with higher global emissions cuts and the rapid launch of new institutions and funds “to show the world that a new era of international cooperation on climate change is an established fact.”
20 December 2010: UN Greening the Blue has reported that an informal Geneva Green Group was formed, gathering staff at Geneva-based UN organizations interested in getting involved in activities carried out in support of “greening the UN.”
20 December 2010: The European Commission's Joint Research Centre has published a report aiming to provide the first comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping, which describes technological solutions and analyzes policy options for reducing carbon emissions in the sector.