Finance

IDB Supports Energy Efficiency in Caribbean Hotels [viewed]

IDB13 October 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$2 million grant to finance a more energy efficient tourism industry in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Hotel Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Action– Advanced Program (CHENACT–AP) was presented during the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF).

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World Bank Institute Concludes Dialogue Series on Climate Change [viewed]

October 2011: The World Bank Institute has concluded its five-part "Global Dialogue Series on Climate Change: The Road to Durban," which focused on climate change and cities, food security, and education and technology.

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EU Unveils Agenda for Change in Development Assistance [viewed]

13 October 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its "Agenda for Change" in EU Development policy as well as a new policy for EU budget support that aim to ensure  development aid provides the maximum impact on poverty reduction.

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RRI Dialogue Examines Role of Finance in Reducing Forest Loss [viewed]

12 October 2011: The 11th Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue convened under the theme “Status and Role of Public and Private Finance to Reduce Forest Loss and Degradation.” The Dialogue discussed lessons learned regarding the possibilities of a global forest carbon market, and the scope for individual projects.

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European Commission Unveils Agricultural Policy Reform Proposals [viewed]

12 October 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a draft reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period after 2013, which aims to strengthen the competitiveness, sustainability and permanence of agriculture throughout the EU in order to secure for European citizens a healthy and high-quality source of food, preserve the environment and develop rural areas.

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EU Adopts Negotiating Position for Durban [viewed]

10 October 2011: The Council of environment ministers of the EU adopted conclusions establishing the EU position for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, in which they stress the need to agree on a global and comprehensive legally-binding framework as soon as possible to keep the increase of global temperature below 2°C compared to the pre-industrial level, guaranteeing legal certainty, predictability, reciprocity and comparability.

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IFC and CIF Fund Solar Plants in Thailand [viewed]

7 October 2011: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), part of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will finance the development of two solar power plants in Thailand by providing a US$8 million dollar loan and a US$4 million dollar grant.

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Event: UNITAR Workshop on Environmental Negotiations and Climate Change Diplomacy [viewed]

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is organizing this workshop as part of its 2011 Negotiation Training Series. It is designed to equip delegates, particularly those from developing countries, least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), with the skills and knowledge they need to perform efficiently in environmental sustainability and climate change-related negotiations at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD), negotiation processes under the UNFCCC, and other fora.  

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Guest Article #67: Climate Change Negotiations: Keeping Africa Safe [viewed]

The UN Climate Change Conference scheduled to be held in Durban, South Africa, between 28 November to 9 December 2011, represents a critical moment in the international climate change negotiations, and a defining opportunity for African leaders to chart the course towards outcomes that curb the rising threat of climate change, implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol in Africa, and advance the interests and aspirations of all African countries and peoples.

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Global Green Growth Forum Focuses on Energy, Transport, Trade and Finance [viewed]

12 October 2011: Initiated by the Governments of Denmark and the Republic of Korea, in association with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) conference was the first of a series of annual events aimed at creating and expanding public-private partnerships in areas including energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable transport, trade and finance.

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