Economics, Trade & Investment

World Economic Forum Report Highlights the Cost-effectiveness of Climate Adaptation [viewed]

World Economic Forum23 January 2014: A report titled 'Climate Adaptation: Seizing the Challenge,' released by the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Climate Change, encapsulates recent thinking on adaptation and financing, and is aimed at increasing the understanding of these issues of public and private sector decision makers.

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World Bank, Canada Launch Caribbean Climate Innovation Center [viewed]

ccic27 January 2014: A new center has been created with support from the Government of Canada and the World Bank to help small and medium-sized enterprises in the Caribbean region to develop locally-appropriate solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. One of eight such centers around the world, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) aims to leverage programmes, activities, financing and its network of partners and stakeholders to solve climate, energy and resource challenges and support economic development through job creation in the region.

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World Economic Forum Focuses on Climate Change, Post-2015 [viewed]

World Economic Forum25 January 2014: The 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) focused on 'The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.' Many speeches, events and presentations throughout the meeting centered on the impacts of climate change and global poverty, while participants looked forward to an ambitious post-2015 development agenda to address many of these challenges. 

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UNEP and Iraq Sign Agreement Focused on Biodiversity Conservation and Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP26 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that Iraq has signed a 5-year strategic cooperation agreement with UNEP to boost recovery and support national development goals. The agreement will focus on: environmental legislation and regulations; biodiversity conservation; green economy; cleaner production; resource efficiency; combating dust storms; and climate change reporting, mitigation and adaptation.

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World Economic Forum Session Focuses on Short Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

CCAC24 January 2014: During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, leaders from business, government, civil society and the UN met to discuss short-lived climate pollutants and how to work together to reduce their emissions, including through the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).

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UNDP, Sweden Release Video on Climate Finance Management [viewed]

undp-sweden21 January 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific and the Government of Sweden released a video on managing climate finance effectively. The video provides guidelines on how countries can prepare for climate change and manage development by ensuring appropriate national budget allocations.

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Event: Regional Workshop on African Agriculture in a Changing Climate [viewed]

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), the East African Community (EAC) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are convening the 'Regional Workshop on African Agriculture in a changing climate: Enhancing the up-take of Climate Smart Agriculture' with the aim to: consider the outcomes of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19) and explore ways of consolidating the common African common position on agriculture in the on-going negotiations; share experiences in the development and implementation of the National Climate Change Policies/Strategies/Action Plans with a view to determining their readiness to access climate finance; explore ways of enhancing synergy between the national climate change and agricultural policies and strategies; assess the readiness of African countries to access climate finance; and facilitate and identify climate-smart agriculture (CSA) priority action areas and adopt a common approach to the emerging Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture.  

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World Future Energy Summit Addresses Jobs, Energy Access and Africa's Potential [viewed]

energy-jobs-irena24 January 2014: Participants at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) discussed developments and challenges in renewable energy technology deployment, including on: policy; finance; jobs; energy access and poverty; and the water and energy nexus. 

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IRENA Holds First Renewable Energy Jobs Conference [viewed]

irena-energy-jobs21 January 2014: The Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), took place in connection with the World Future Energy Summit. The Conference discussed how the renewables sector has become a significant employer with potential for creating millions more jobs worldwide in coming years.

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Event: Green Growth Knowledge Platform Regional Practitioners' Workshop [viewed]

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) Workshop on Green Growth in Africa, titled 'Pathways to Green Growth in Africa,' aims to: explore the rationale for green(er) growth in an African context; facilitate policy dialogue and knowledge sharing; and discuss practical implementation issues. The workshop will focus on setting an African green growth vision through thematic sessions and exploring linkages among natural resources management, renewable energy and greening infrastructure. Participants will, inter alia, focus on green growth landscapes in Africa, including a discussion on the specific challenges faced by African countries, such as high dependence on natural resources for growth and rapid infrastructure, and discuss green growth in practice, including discussions on forest-friendly growth in the Congo Basin and parallel sessions designed to facilitate an exchange of ideas and identify areas for collaboration. Also during the workshop, The Program on Forests (PROFOR) will convene sessions, providing a practical introduction for assessing and monitoring forest governance and enhancing climate resilience including through climate change mitigation and adaptation.  

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