Economics, Trade & Investment

24th AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Post-2015 Negotiations, Gender Equality, Illicit Flows [viewed]

African Union (AU)31 January 2015: Participants called for women's empowerment in Africa as an important step in achieving the goals of Agenda 2063, at the 24th African Union (AU) Summit, which convened under the theme, ‘2015 Year of Women's Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063.' Delegates adopted the Agenda 2063 framework document and decisions on climate change, the post-2015 development agenda, trade, health and other issues. The Summit also included a presentation of the final report of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows.

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UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS Executive Board Highlights Critical Year for Sustainable Development [viewed]

undp-unfpa-unops30 January 2015: Members of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) said 2015 is a critical year to reach agreement on the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), disaster risk reduction (DRR), financing for development (FfD) and climate change processes. The 36-member Board provides intergovernmental support to and supervision of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS activities.

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Brazil, Japan Organize Informal Meeting on Further Climate Actions [viewed]

brazil-japan30 January 2015: A high level meeting, organized by the Governments of Japan and Brazil, was convened in an effort to strengthen the ongoing UN negotiations on climate change and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. The 13th Informal Meeting on further Actions against Climate Change was attended by, among others, the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) Daniel Reifsnyder and Ahmed Djoghlaf.

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January 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adaptation-fund-adb-cif-ebrd-idb-wb31 January 2015: During January 2015, the Adaptation Fund, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank reported on new funding and projects, and on finance-related tools and capacity-building activities. ADB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank published articles, studies and other material on, inter alia: climate proofing of transport infrastructure; vulnerability and resilience in cities; financial instruments; and carbon pricing and offsets.

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January 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB-ADB-CDB-EBRD-EIB-IDB-IRENA-SE4ALL-World Bank31 January 2015: In the first month of 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Renewable Energy Agency and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (IRENA/ADFD), Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and the World Bank financed projects, published reports and undertook various other activities related to sustainable energy.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Focuses on Capacity Building [viewed]

unredd2 February 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the February/March 2015 edition of its newsletter, which focuses on building the capacity of developing countries to design and implement REDD+ programmes.

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Event: G20 2015 Leaders' Summit [viewed]

The Turkish Presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) will host G20 leaders in Antalya, Turkey, for the G20 Leaders' Summit in November 2015. The G20 aims to conclude the Summit with practical outcomes on such priority areas as development, climate change, financing for climate change, trade, growth and employment.  

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Event: Workshop on Harnessing Climate Change Financing for Sustainable Forest Management in Southeast Asia [viewed]

Convened under the UN Forum on Forests Facilitative Process to support financing for sustainable forest management (SFM), the 'Workshop on Harnessing Climate Change Financing for Sustainable Forest Management in Southeast Asia' will consider links and opportunities for harmonization between SFM financing and REDD+. The workshop will be co-convened with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).  

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Event: European Council Meeting [viewed]

The European Council meeting, or 'EU Summit,' will be held in Brussels, Belgium. It will be the second meeting chaired by President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who took office on 1 December 2014.  

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Event: G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting [viewed]

The first meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors under the Turkish Presidency will be hosted in Istanbul, Turkey, on 9-10 February 2015. The finance ministers are expected to convene four times throughout the year. Turkey has chosen to focus on 'inclusive and robust growth through collective action' under its leadership in 2015. The three pillars that will guide the G20's work this year are: strengthening the global recovery and lifting the potential; enhancing resilience; and buttressing sustainability.  

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