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December 2014 Climate Finance Update[viewed]

During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank. Germany, Norway and the UK also reported on funding for projects to be undertaken in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) released its annual report, and publications on REDD+, climate finance and climate change awareness were produced by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), GEF, and IDB, respectively.

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CITES Issues Statement on Alleged Trade in Elephants from Zimbabwe[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) issued a statement on the alleged trade in live African elephants from Zimbabwe to China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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ESCAP Reviews 5P Project in Lao PDR[viewed]

Over 30 business leaders from 19 countries, policy makers, international organizations, Lao PDR private sector representatives and donor agencies gathered to discuss progress under the Pro-Poor Public-Private Partnership (5P) project being piloted in Lao PDR. The workshop, '5P: Scaling-Up Off-Grid Rural Electrification in Lao PDR,' resulted in a redefinition of rural electrification goals and recommendations on market expansion and enterprise development through venture capital.

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ESCAP, Thailand Commemorate 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami[viewed]

During an event that convened ten years after one of the deadliest natural disasters the world has ever seen, panelists took stock of progress made in building greater resilience to disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, and identified remaining gaps and regional priorities going forward. The event highlighted that while much has been done to fill the gaps in risk reduction, disaster preparedness and early warning systems ten years on from the Indian Ocean Tsunami, which hit on 26 December 2004, much remains to be done, particularly at the local level.

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IGES Launches Project on Implementing the SDGs[viewed]

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) announced the launch of a project, ‘From Aspiration to Action,' addressing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project seeks to examine barriers to and enablers for the successful implementation of the goals and targets, and recommend essential means of implementation (MOI) to put them into action "through active engagement with various stakeholders and partners." The project issued a commentary on 12 December on the UN Secretary-General's synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030.'

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TERI to Install Solar Micro-Grids in Rural India[viewed]

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and India's Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing an innovative techno-institutional model of implementing decentralized solar micro-grids to provide clean electricity to approximately 1,400 households in select energy-deficient villages in the Indian states of Jharkhand and Odisha.

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SE4ALL CEO Proposes Africa-China Cooperation Model[viewed]

Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, has proposed a new ‘triangular cooperation model' to transform Africa's energy sector by linking Africa, China and SE4ALL. The proposal, delivered to environment and development experts at the 2014 China Council, would foster this transformation by scaling-up South-South cooperation to mobilize aid, investment and technological know-how.

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IRENA Assesses Renewable Resources in the Philippines[viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a 'Solar, Wind and Bioenergy Resource Assessment' for the Philippines, drawing data from the Global Atlas for Renewable Energy. The document is a starting point for identifying renewable resource 'hotspots' and improving resource mapping in promising locations. The paper is the first in a series of so-called 'business cases' IRENA intends to develop, which provide preliminary analysis of hotspots and opportunities for donors.

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CEM Report Identifies Residential Energy Savings in India[viewed]

Direct policy action in the residential sector in India can lead to a 57% energy savings by 2050 compared to business as usual, according to a recently-published report. The report, titled 'Residential Buildings in India: Energy Use Projections and Savings Potentials,' presents decision makers with recommendations for realizing energy savings from the residential building sector while generating positive economic, environmental and social opportunities.

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Event: 16th International Conference of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health[viewed]

This conference will meet under the theme “Human and Environmental Health Risk Factors in the Pacific Basin,” and cover such areas as: hazardous waste management and remediation; E-waste; air pollution; persistent toxic substances; emerging pollutants; climate change; and children's environmental health.

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