Finance

Informal Meeting Focuses on Deliverables for Durban [viewed]

UNFCCC COP 179 September 2011: Twenty-one environmental ministers, as well as negotiators and delegates from 43 parties to the UNFCCC, recently attended an informal ministerial consultation on the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, which will take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year.

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IDB, Mexico Launch Sustainable Energy Technologies Contest [viewed]

IDB7 September 2011: Mexico and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea, have announced a joint contest to fund applied research and technological development projects on sustainable energy, with a total prize of US$2.5 million.

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Pacific Smaller Island States Call for More Action on Climate Change [viewed]

6 September 2011: Pacific Smaller Island States (SIS) have called for increased action by the global community to curb the rate of climate change, according to the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS). At their meeting in Auckland, New Zealand on 6 September, SIS leaders adopted the SIS Leaders Statement on Climate Change.

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UNEP FI Convenes Oceania Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles [viewed]

UNEP FISeptember 2011: As part of its work to develop sustainability principles for the insurance industry, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) convened a consultation with Oceania stakeholders from 11-12 August 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand. The meeting was the fourth of seven UN-convened regional consultation meetings on the sustainability principles for the insurance industry.

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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits South African Institute as a National Implementing Entity [viewed]

Adaptation Fund8 September 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board has accredited the South African National Institute for Biodiversity (SANBI) as a National Implementing Entity (NIE).

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GEF Reports on Outcomes of Protected Area Projects in Liberia [viewed]

7 September 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has reported on the results of three projects implemented in Liberia to strengthen its protected area system and protect rare species, including the pygmy hippopotamus.

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EBRD Supports Sustainable Urban Transport Strategy in Poland [viewed]

30 August 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has granted a loan to co-finance the acquisition of new, energy efficient rolling stocks in Poland.

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WTO Director-General Speaks on Multilateral Economic System of the Future [viewed]

6 September 2011: In a speech on the multilateral trading system of the future, World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy highlighted that the boundaries between climate change and trade policies are increasingly blurred.

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IDB Fund Invests in Renewable Energy in Chile [viewed]

IDB6 September 2011: The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will invest up to US$5 million in the Chilean Renovarum Renewable Energy Fund, a project that invests in low-carbon and climate-friendly technologies.

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IDB to Support Establishment of Voluntary Carbon Market in Colombia [viewed]

IDB5 September 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$10.5 million project to establish a system of Verified Emissions Reductions (VERs) in Colombia, with the aim of cutting over half a million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over four years through a voluntary trading system.

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