The U.K.’s new coalition government will cut its carbon emission by 10 percent in the first 12 months in office, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said, according to the Guardian. Cameroon said he wants the coalition to be the U.K.’s “greenest government ever.” The prime minister also pledged to publish the energy consumption of government departments in real time.

On the international scene, British Ambassador to Afghanistan Mark Sedwill is reportedly gaining a bigger role in NATO’s operation in the conflict-torn country. He sat among key military officers and diplomats who met May 14 in Pentagon for a video briefing from Afghanistan. The New York Times says he was there as proxy for the American commander, General Stanley McChrystal. Sedwill was appointed as NATO’s senior civilian representative in Afghanistan in March 2010. NATO officials and other key international officials in Afghanistan have noted that Sedwill is increasingly becoming a key player in the NATO-led operation in Afghanistan, the Time says.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.