Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Conference will center on recent research and market developments in bioenergy, including: challenges across bioenergy value chains; and cross-cutting topics, such as environmental sustainability, socioeconomic issues and trade. The conference will include a special session dedicated to industrial developments and applications, which will feature presentations on German developments. In addition to presentations, the event will include opportunities for business-to-business meetings, a social programme, technical field trips, and a poster exhibition. The conference is supported by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture.  

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Event: 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week [viewed]

The 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Week, hosted by China, will take place in Beijing from 5-11 November, and will include several high-level and other meetings, convened under the theme 'Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership'. Key events taking place during the week are: the Concluding Senior Officials' Meeting (CSOM), from 5-6 November; the 26th APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM), from 7-8 November; and the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM), from 10-11 November. Other events hosted during the week include: the APEC CEO Summit, from 8-10 November; APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders; and Leaders' spouse programs. The Leaders' Week will also mark the culmination of the 2014 APEC China Year. APEC's 21 member economies are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US and Viet Nam.  

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Event: Workshop for Energy Regulators: Energy Pricing, Reform and Transition [viewed]

This expert group meeting on fuel price reform and renewable energy energy transitions, taking place from 29-31 October 2014, is organized by the UN Office of Sustainable Development (UNOSD), in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The workshop will specifically focus on fuel pricing reform as a measure necessary for the transition to renewable energy, and complements a UNOSD workshop series on 'Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy Transitions'. The workshop also builds on work by the organizing partners to build a network of fuel price regulators, and will benefit policymakers from approximately 20 African and Asian countries. Themes covered are: technical issues associated to energy policy; energy transition and political economy of reforms; and reform lessons and work plan building.  

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European Forum Progresses on Regional Consensus for Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR9 October 2014: The 5th European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) has called for joint action to face the challenges of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction (DRR). Participants discussed the role of science, the use of national platforms to coordinate policy among different stakeholders, and the need for greater interaction with other international negotiations, particularly those on climate change.

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World Bank Links Energy Subsidy Reform to Job Creation in MENA Region [viewed]

World Bank8 October 2014: A study by the World Bank finds evidence of a positive relationship between fuel prices, per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth and job creation, and encourages the governments of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to cut energy subsidies in order to build dynamic, employment-intensive economies. The study, titled ‘Corrosive Subsidies,' also projects economic growth in the MENA transition countries to be hampered by macroeconomic imbalances and unfinished subsidy reform.

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Event: 2014 Executive Assembly of the World Energy Council [viewed]

The annual meeting of the World Energy Council (WEC) will be hosted in 2014 by the Colombian Member Committee (COCME) of the WEC. Focusing on the delivery of sustainable energy systems on different levels, the event will provide an opportunity for the WEC community and energy sector representatives to engage in a series of open and private discussions. The meeting will comprise a series of related events, including: the World Energy Leaders', the Future Energy Leaders' and Energy Trilemma Summits, held on 22 and 23 October; the Latin America Ministerial Meeting, on 24 October; and the WEC's major governance meetings, culminating in the full WEC Executive Assembly Plenary, on 20-22 October, which will set the strategic direction for the organization.  

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Event: 24th Adaptation Fund Board Meeting [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) will hold its 24th meeting to hear reports from the Chair, the secretariat, the Accreditation Panel, the Project and Programme Review Committee (PPRC), and the Ethics and Finance Committee (EFC). The Board will also take up items remaining from its 23rd meeting, including: a strategic discussion of objectives and steps for the Fund; report from the fundraising task force; implementation of the readiness programme; and the second review of the Fund. Other agenda items include: communication and outreach; financial issues with regard to the Trust Fund, certified emission reduction (CER) monetization and project/programme pipeline; issues related to regional projects/programmes; dialogue with civil society organizations (CSOs); and election of the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Board, PPRC, EFC and Accreditation Panel.  

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ILO's World Day for Decent Work Focuses on Climate Change [viewed]

Ilo7 October 2014: In a blog post published by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, highlights that trade unions chose climate change as the theme for the 2014 World Day for Decent Work, celebrated on 7 October 2014. Ryder elaborates on the links between sustainability and prosperity, quoting the union slogan that quipped, "there are no jobs on a dead planet" and "business cannot succeed on a planet that fails."

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Adaptation Committee, NAP Task Force Prepare for COP 20 [viewed]

UNFCCC2 October 2014: The sixth meeting of the Adaptation Committee (AC 6) addressed, inter alia: coherence under the UNFCCC, including representation, adaptation-related mandates, and collaboration with the Standing Committee (SCF) on Finance and the Technology Executive Committee (TEC); means of implementation; and national adaptation plans (NAPs), including work of the NAP Task Force, financial support for NAPs and progress made on NAP Central.

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EuropeAid Launches Rural Electrification Financing Initiative [viewed]

European Union2 October 2014: In an effort to accelerate rural electrification in developing countries, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid) has launched an ‘Electrification Financing Initiative' (ElectriFI), which aims to generate business opportunities in this area by supporting the private sector.

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