Economics, Trade & Investment

OECD Makes the Case for Green Growth in Southeast Asia [viewed]

OECD_NEW11 November 2014: As part of its Green Growth Series, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report detailing the unsustainability of Southeast Asia's current growth path. The report finds that climate change, fossil fuel-related pollution and an over-dependence on natural resources will hurt growth, prosperity and health in the long-run.

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Report Outlines Benefits of Fossil Fuel Subsidies Phase-Out [viewed]

odi-oilchange11 November 2014: The Overseas Development Network (ODI) and Oil Change International have published a report, titled ‘The Fossil Fuel Bailout: G20 Subsidies for Oil, Gas and Coal Exploration,' which discusses the scale and structure of fossil fuel exploration subsidies.

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UNEP Forum Urges Accelerated Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting [viewed]

enlighten11 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) en.lighten initiative has convened the Global Efficient Lighting Forum, which focused on accelerating the global phase-in of energy-efficient lighting products. The forum brought together representatives from electrical utilities, lighting manufacturers, development banks, financial institutions and international agencies to reaffirm their commitment to mitigate climate change by transitioning to energy-efficient lighting, and to discuss the best ways to accelerate such a transition.

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REN21 Reviews Decade of Renewable Energy Progress [viewed]

REN2110 November 2014:
 The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has launched ‘The First Decade: 2004-2014 – 10 Years of Renewable Energy Progress,' which documents the evolution of renewables since 2004, measures progress by technology and region, examines lessons learned and offers “a vision for the future.”

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IEA World Energy Outlook: 3.6°C Warming, Renewables Overtake Coal by 2040 [viewed]

IEA12 November 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO), which finds that, without a transformative shift in the global energy system, the world is set for warming well beyond 2°C. The report states that, even when the new carbon-constraining policies announced by governments are taken into account, emissions will rise 20% by 2040, putting the world on track for a 3.6°C increase in global average temperatures over the long-term.

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US, China Announce Emissions Targets [viewed]

china_us_flag11 November 2014: The US and China have released a joint announcement on climate change on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, China.

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G-77/China, African Group Submit Views on Adaptation Fund Review [viewed]

UNFCCC10 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions from Bolivia, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China), and Sudan, on behalf of the African Group, containing their views on the second review of the Adaptation Fund, in advance of the 41st session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) to be held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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LEG, NAP-GSP Workshop Supports Development of NAPs in Pacific SIDS [viewed]

nap-unfccc7 November 2014: Under the auspices of the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), nine Pacific Island countries gathered for a five-day workshop aimed at launching a process for medium- and long-term adaptation planning. The meeting was held in collaboration with UN Development Programme (UNDP)/UN Environment Programme (UNEP) National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), which supports developing countries in creating and implementing NAPs.

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World Bank Highlights Social Protection Systems to Manage Disaster Risk [viewed]

world-bank-group6 November 2014: The Government of the Philippines and the World Bank Group (WBG) hosted the first regional conference on 'Strengthening Social Protection Systems to Manage Disaster and Climate Risk in Asia and the Pacific,' which aimed to capture lessons on how countries could better respond to natural disasters through social protection systems.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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