Economics, Trade & Investment

UNDP Releases Guidance on Rural Electrification NAMA [viewed]

UNDP30 October 2014: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) MDG Carbon has released a Guidance Paper that describes a model approach for financing the development, implementation and operation of a sector-wide programme for renewable energy rural electrification as a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA).

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ITTC Announces US$8.3 Million in Funding, Deliberates ITTO Executive Director Appointment [viewed]

ITTC-508 November 2014: The 50th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-50) came to a close with delegates authorizing US$8.3 million in financing for International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) activities such as capacity building for transboundary biodiversity conservation, and continued implementation of thematic programmes focused on trade and market transparency, forest governance and reducing deforestation. The Council also undertook lengthy discussions on the appointment of the next ITTO Executive Director.

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UN-REDD Policy Board Welcomes US$11.6 Million in Funding [viewed]

unredd7 November 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) convened the thirteenth meeting of its Policy Board, which approved US$11.6 million in funding of which US$11 million was contributed by Norway.

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UNEP Announces 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates [viewed]

championsoftheearth7 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the recipients of the UN's highest environmental honor, the ‘Champions of the Earth Award,' which recognizes innovators and policymakers for service to the environment, saving lives, improving livelihoods and bettering environmental governance and conservation.

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Event: Green Climate Fund High-Level Pledging Conference [viewed]

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) will hold a high-level pledging conference on 20 November, in Berlin, Germany. The conference will be co-hosted by Germany's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller, and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. The pledging conference is open to all governments intersted in contributing to the GCF, and high-level representatives are expected from more than 20 countries. Germany is hosting the event in accordance with a pledge made during the Fund's Initial Resource Mobilization process. Capitalization of the GCF will mark a milestone for the negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place from 1-12 December 2014, in Lima, Peru.  

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Discussions Begin on Modalities, Substance of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga694 November 2014: Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, convened the first informal meeting of the plenary on the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. After a second informal meeting on 10 November, the co-facilitators will be able to plan next steps in the process, Kamau said.

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October 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy-financeOctober 2014: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Comoros, Guyana, Kenya, the Maldives, Mali, Moldova, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine, Uruguay, Turkey, and Viet Nam.

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UNEP Makes Business Case for Eco-innovation [viewed]

UNEP5 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a publication, titled ‘The Business Case for Eco-Innovation,' which is part of UNEP's Eco-innovation Project. According to the publication, companies are facing growing market and regulatory pressures in the face of declining resources and environmental degradation, extreme weather events are impacting on business profitability, and global water demand is expected to exceed supply by 40% within 20 years.

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IRENA Council Holds Eighth Meeting [viewed]

IRENA4 November 2014: The 8th meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Council convened from 3-4 November, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to provide guidance to the Agency's programmes and activities, and to decide on the agenda for the IRENA Assembly in 2015. The Council also discussed strategies to increase the Agency's engagement in global climate action, and received three new permanent representatives.

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UNFCCC Synthesizes Work of the Forum on Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC4 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has prepared a note synthesizing the work of the forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures. The document (FCCC/SB/2014/INF.4) is based on views, information and review of the work of the forum provided by parties and relevant organizations. The 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) requested the Secretariat to prepare the synthesis paper for consideration at SBSTA 41 and SBI 41.

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