Economics, Trade & Investment

ILO, UNFCCC Argue Planet's De-carbonization Can Create Green Jobs [viewed]

unfccc-ilo22 September 2014: Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, and Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, have published an op-ed, titled 'Cleaner, Greener and Richer,' arguing that the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit in New York and the UNFCCC session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to be held in Paris in 2015 can deliver a more prosperous world that provides millions of decent work opportunities. The editorial highlights that climate change mitigation can promote growth and high-quality employment.

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UN Partners Discuss Raising Global Demand for Sustainability [viewed]

UNDP UNEPunorcid22 September 2014: A day prior to the UN Climate Summit 2014, a high level discussion, on the theme 'Towards a Deforestation-Free Future: The Demand-Side Challenge,' discussed how to generate and increase demand for products and services that contribute to land-based climate change mitigation, as well as sustainable development overall. The event identified the need to address the imbalance between the supply of sustainable production on one hand, and private sector initiatives and innovative finance, as related to demand for sustainable production and supply chains, on the other.

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ECLAC Assesses Climate Change Costs for Latin America and Caribbean [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo22 September 2014: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) calculates that, in a 2.5°C temperature rise scenario, the economic costs of climate change will equal approximately 2.5% of the region's annual gross domestic product (GDP). The study notes that the region is faced with “an asymmetrical dual challenge” given its limited contribution to total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and high vulnerability to climate change. It estimates the annual adaptation costs for the region at approximately 0.5% of the region's annual GDP.

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EU Climate Action Commissioner Hosts Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change [viewed]

European Union 21 September 2014: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change, focusing on progress on the UN climate change negotiations, was hosted by EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. The roundtable was held in the lead-up to other major climate events held in New York, including the 20th meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) and the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit.

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UNFCCC Reports on 2014-2015 Budget Performance [viewed]

UNFCCC19 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the budget performance for the first six months of the biennium 2014–2015 of the trust funds administered by the Secretariat (FCCC/SBI/2014/10). The information presented includes income and expenditure, and results achieved as of 30 June 2014.

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ADB Highlights Positive Economic Impacts of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

ADBSeptember 2014: A modeling study published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) identifies several positive macroeconomic impacts from improving energy efficiency. The study focuses on seven Asian countries from 2010 to 2050, and finds that energy efficiency policies would have a positive impact on private consumption, government expenditure, investment, and result in an increase in intraregional trade.

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Guest Article #111: High-Efficiency Appliances for a Low-Carbon Future [viewed]

Living standards and populations are growing across the globe, and the new, increasingly urbanized, middle classes are looking to the creature comforts that have long been taken for granted by others. This process is a welcome indicator that many nations are moving into or toward the middle-income zone and bringing a higher quality of life for their citizens.

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High-Level Event Focuses on Implementing Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

Yumkella22 September 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) high-level event, titled ‘Implementing Sustainable Energy for All,' featured high-level multi-stakeholder panels on financing SE4ALL, investing in energy efficiency, accelerating innovation in renewable energy, and scaling up at the country level.

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UN Report Reviews Efforts to "Deliver as One" on Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations22 September 2014: Ahead of the Climate Summit 2014, the UN released a report, titled 'How the United Nations System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

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Climate Week NYC Opens with Focus on Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

climate-week-nyc22 September 2014: Convened by the Climate Week NYC organizer The Climate Group, jointly with CDP, the opening day of the major, week-long event in New York, US, attracted the participation of global leaders from policy and business, and heard announcements of new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments from business and subnational governments. The event also marked the launch of a renewable energy campaign, a pro-mitigation business coalition, and a report on innovative climate and energy policies.

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