Economics, Trade & Investment

EU Forest Strategy Endorsed [viewed]

eu-forest europe19 May 2014: The Council of the Europe Union has endorsed the 2013 'A new EU Forest Strategy: For forests and the forest-based sector,' and has released its 'Conclusions adopted by the Council.' The conclusions refer to the Oslo Ministerial Declaration on European Forests 2020 and to criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management (SFM) developed by FOREST EUROPE.

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WBCSD Releases Water-Energy-Food Nexus Report [viewed]

WBCSDMay 2014: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched a report, titled ‘Water, Food and Energy Nexus Challenges,' which indicates that increasing demand for agricultural products will strain land, water, energy and other resources, as well as contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNISDR R!SE Initiative to Mainstream DRM in Business [viewed]

rise19 May 2014: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launched the R!SE Initiative, which: has the objective of mainstreaming disaster risk management (DRM) into corporate planning and investment decision making; brings together business, investment and insurance representatives, as well as actors from the public sector, business education and civil society; and aims to develop and promote global standards on risk metrics and voluntary industry standards for disaster risk-sensitive investment.

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Military Advisory Board Identifies Climate Change as Security Threat [viewed]

accelerating-risks-climate-change13 May 2014: The CNA Corporation's Military Advisory Board has published a report, titled ‘National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change,' which provides an update to a 2007 CNA report that described climate change as a “threat multiplier.” The 2014 report reexamines climate change impacts on US national security within a more complex and integrated world and, looking at new vulnerabilities and tensions, identifies climate change as a “catalyst for instability and conflict.”

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UN-REDD Announces Partnership for Community-based REDD+ [viewed]

Smallgrants15 May 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) launched a partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) small grants programme (SGP) in support of community based REDD+. The objective of the partnership is to enable indigenous peoples and local communities to effectively participate in the design, implementation and assessment of REDD+ projects and programmes.

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Asian Cities Emphasize Climate Focus in Capital Investment Planning [viewed]

World Bank15 May 2014: Representatives of Asian cities met at the second Seoul Creditworthiness Academy workshop to discuss ways to improve municipal finances and access to capital to achieve low-carbon development, and the need for a “climate lens” in developing capital investment plans. Participants included 39 mayors, city officials and technical experts representing 15 cities and provinces from 12 countries across Asia.

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Adaptation Fund Releases 23rd Board Meeting Report [viewed]

Adaptation Fund6 May 2014: The Adaptation Fund (AF) has released the report of the 23rd meeting of its Board (AFB). The report outlines the discussions and actions taken at the meeting, including decisions on fundraising targets in 2014 and 2015, eligibility criteria for the Readiness Programme, and zero tolerance for corruption.

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Event: Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) [viewed]

The Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will take place from 3-5 September 2014, in Bogotá, Colombia. The Forum will: inform attendees of developments in carbon markets; provide a venue for connecting carbon project developers and investors; showcase lessons from completed Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Latin America and the Caribbean; feature presentations on public and private sector strategies for promoting CDM benefits in the region; offer the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), Low Carbon Development Strategies (LEDS), market mechanisms, and green investment in the region; and encourage networking and discussions among technical experts, project developers and carbon buyers. The Forum is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Riso Centre, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).  

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African Countries Adopt Common Position on Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

afrp1416 May 2014: The 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (AfRP14) and the 3rd Ministerial Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) convened under the theme ‘Prevent Risk: Build Resilience.' The meeting was one in a series of multi-stakeholder consultations leading up to the 3rd World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), which is scheduled to take place in Japan in March 2015. 

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UNFCCC Releases ADP 2-4 Report [viewed]

UNFCCC15 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the fourth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-4), held in Bonn, Germany, from 10-14 March 2014. The meeting aimed to: make progress on elaborating the content of the 2015 agreement, with a view to determining elements for a draft negotiating text by COP 20; initiate discussions that facilitate domestic preparations for nationally determined contributions (NDCs); and unlock practical and realizable opportunities for raising pre-2020 ambition.

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