Economics, Trade & Investment

Rio Pavilion Hosts Financing Sustainable Development Day [viewed]

19 June 2012: On its seventh day, the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for Financing Sustainable Development Day. The event consisted of two sessions on natural capital solutions, namely: protected areas meeting global environmental challenges; and natural capital in Africa, Asia and Latin America - partnerships, policies and investments.

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IDB, Bloomberg Rank Latin American Countries' Low-Carbon Investment Environments [viewed]

IDB18 June 2012: The Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance created the Climatescope, the first annual report, index, and interactive web tool aimed at scoring the clean energy market in Latin America and the Caribbean. This tool was released during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNEP Executive Director Outlines Work Toward Sustainability at the UN [viewed]

18 June 2012: In an article in the Rio+20 edition of the UN Chronicle, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner outlines work underway to make the UN more sustainable.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Focuses on Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

15 June 20120: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) focused on the theme of Ecosystem-based Adaptation. Four panels addressed: ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation; economic valuation of land (EVL); the Bonn Challenges; and coastal climate change solutions.

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IEA Chief Stresses Positive Impacts of Achieving Universal Energy Access [viewed]

IEA14 June 2012: In an article published in the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book, Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), underlines that making access to modern energy services universal would have no real negative impact on energy security or climate change globally, but rather would radically improve the lives of billions of energy poor.

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Adaptation Fund Outlines Benefits of Direct Access [viewed]

Adaptation Fund11 June 2012: In an article originally published in the International Development Journal, the Adaptation Fund outlines the benefits of its "direct access" approach for developing countries and national implementing entities (NIEs) to access funds without going through international organizations.

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Event: Sustainable Aviation for Generations to Come [viewed]

This side event to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) will focus on the topic of “Sustainable aviation for generations to come.” The event will consist of an address by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Secretary General, followed by presentations from States and aviation stakeholders providing perspectives on sustainable alternative fuels for aviation and experiences with developing sustainable alternative fuels initiatives.  

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ICAO Launches “Flightpath to a Sustainable Future” for the UNCSD [viewed]

18 June 2012: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) launched “Flightpath to a Sustainable Future,” an initiative for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) consisting of the first-ever series of connecting flights powered by sustainable alternative fuels.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Business Day [viewed]

18 June 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened for Business Day, bringing together business stakeholders, and high-level speakers from the Rio Conventions and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the role of business in sustainable development, and how the private sector can facilitate the transition to a green economy.

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UNEP Releases Reports, Launches Initiative on Resource Efficient Cities [viewed]

UNEP18 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners unveiled the Global Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities, a new initiative that aims to develop resource efficiency measures in order to achieve sustainable urban development around the world, and released two related reports.

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