Economics, Trade & Investment

UNCCD, GRF Davos Call for Contributions to 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat together with GRF Davos, the lead institution in organizing the UNCCD's 2nd Scientific Conference, have called for contributions to be included in the Conference programme.

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ESCAP Launches Asia-Pacific Low Carbon, Green Growth Roadmap [viewed]

28 May 2012: Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has released the “Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap for Asia and the Pacific: Turning resource constraints and the climate crisis into economic growth opportunities.”

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ADB, China Agree Green Growth-Based Country Partnership Strategy [viewed]

ADB28 May 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that it has agreed a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) with the Government of China, focused on ADB's support for innovative projects promoting a less carbon-intensive economy and addressing poverty, rising income inequality, and widening regional disparities.

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EU Green Week 2012 Focuses on the Water Challenge [viewed]

25 May 2012: The 2012 edition of EU Green Week focused on the theme “The Water Challenge – Every Drop Counts” to examine solutions to water problems, such as safeguarding the availability of good quality water in the face of population growth and climate change. 

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EBRD Invests in Heating Modernization Programme in Kazakhstan [viewed]

EBRD23 May 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is investing in a modernization programme for the district heating infrastructure in Aktau, Kazakhstan, with a view to finance several other municipal projects in the wider Mangystau region.

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World Bank Reports on REDD+ Knowledge Exchange Between Brazil and Africa [viewed]

World Bank22 May 2012: The World Bank has published a report on the outcomes of a South-South knowledge exchange between Brazil and Africa on community forestry and sustainable forest management (SFM) within the context of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks).

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UNEP Reports on Climate Finance Activities in ACP Countries [viewed]

UNEP29 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released the May issue of its Update on carbon finance activities undertaken under the “Capacity Building related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries Project.” Activities highlighted include: the redefinition of the institutional framework for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Cuba; and an update on activities in the Pacific region.

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Event: Workshop on Financing and Investments in Mitigation Actions in West Africa [viewed]

This workshop, sponsored by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States Business Climate Facility, aims to bring together high-level decision makers and experts to examine bottlenecks to developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) activities in the region, in order to scale-up renewable energy and energy efficiency so as to increase access to modern energy services. Specifically, the workshop will: adopt an Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) regional action plan and roadmap to promote NAMA capacities in ECOWAS Members States; and create an ECREEE climate change facility to coordinate NAMA activities at the regional level and leverage finance.  

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ESMAP Bulletin Highlights Knowledge Exchange Forum and New Publications [viewed]

26 May 2012: The May issue of the World Bank-administered Energy Sector Management Assistance Program's (ESMAP) E-Bulletin highlights the 2012 Knowledge Exchange Forum, the release of its latest annual report and several new publications on transmission infrastructure for renewable energy sources from remote areas, sustainable development of Chinese cities, and district heating in Ukraine.   

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IEA Finds 2011 Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions at Record High, 2°C Window "About to close" [viewed]

24 May 2012: Preliminary estimates from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggest that global carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record high of 31.6 gigatons (Gt) in 2011, representing an increase of 3.2% or 1Gt from 2010 levels.

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