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GEF Reports on Collaboration with CTCN[viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum to the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20). The document (FCCC/CP/2014/2/Add.1) details the GEF's consultations with the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and progress under the Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer.

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UNESCO Launches Food, Energy, Environment and Water Network[viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) and the Australian National University (ANU) established the Food, Energy, Environment and Water Network (FE2W), which aims to bridge silos across these sectors. The network stresses the importance of these sectors for human wellbeing and environmental health.

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UNFCCC 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award Winners Announced[viewed]

The UNFCCC's Momentum for Change initiative has announced the 12 winners of the 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards, which include both “large, game-changing solutions and small, entrepreneurial efforts." Each of the 12 activities touches on one of four areas related to action: by and for the urban poor; that fosters women's leadership; that unlocks climate finance; and action that uses information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

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East African Businesses Trained in Off-Grid Technologies[viewed]

Phocos AG, an off-grid power supply company and member of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), has organized a workshop on off-grid photovoltaics (PV) for East African companies. The event focused on the design and optimization of PV systems as well as on other related innovations available on the market.

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WMO Supports African Countries Forecast Hazardous Weather[viewed]

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that a project aimed at helping meteorological services in developing countries provide forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather is gaining momentum in Africa. The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) has improved lead times and reliable alerts for heavy rain, severe winds and high waves, thus assisting in the protection of people and property, and supporting such sectors as farming, fishing and transportation.

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UNITAR, Gabon Cooperate on Diplomacy, Climate Change[viewed]

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Government of Gabon have signed two agreements aimed at strengthening multilateral diplomacy and building the capacity of Gabonese diplomats and Ministerial officials. As outlined in the agreements, UNITAR's Multilateral Diplomacy Programme will continue training the country's diplomats in a range of fields, including climate change, through 2015.

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CIF Governing Body Confirms Funds' Mandate [viewed]

The semi-annual Climate Investment Funds (CIF) governing body meetings concluded in a unanimous commitment to the CIF mandate in the future in order to ensure continuity of climate finance and action. The meeting also emphasized the need to maintain diversity of financing options, and complementarity and coherence of CIF with other sources of climate finance.

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IMO Regional Workshop Increases Understanding of London Protocol on Marine Dumping[viewed]

Environmental and maritime authorities from nine countries discussed the implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (the London Convention) at a three-day regional workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

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ICCG Best Climate Practices Winners Announced[viewed]

The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) has announced the 2014 Best Climate Practices Contest winners. Under this year's theme, ‘Energy Poverty Reduction,' a range of projects was submitted addressing the challenges of climate change and energy poverty. The awards were announced in two categories: the Experts' Choice Award and the Users' Choice Award.

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AfDB Assesses Soft Infrastructure Needs of Africa's Energy Sector[viewed]

A report released by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Regional Integration and Trade Department (ONRI) outlines the state of regional electricity markets in Africa and approaches to capacity development for boosting the financial and technical performance of the sector. ONRI published the report to aid development organizations, such as its parent institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB), as they seek to complement physical infrastructure investments with capacity-building.

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