Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Introduction to a Green Economy: Concepts and Applications [viewed]

This e-learning course is being organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and will take place from 8 October to 30 November 2012. The course will focus on the different concepts and facets of the green economy, as well as on the challenges and opportunities for advancing low-carbon, resource efficient and socially-inclusive development.  

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Bangladesh LDCF Project Wins Earth Care Award 2012 [viewed]

GEF24 August 2012: A project in Bangladesh on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), won this year's Earth Care Award. 

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World Bank Releases Water Partnership Programme 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

World Bank22 August 2012: The World Bank has published the 2011 Annual Report of the Water Partnership Programme (WPP), which highlights WPP impacts on: World Bank lending; climate change effects on water access; sustainable water availability; and achieving green growth.

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ITTO Annual Report for 2011 Highlights REDD+ Activities [viewed]

August 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released its Annual Report for 2011, outlining the organization's activities during the UN International Year of Forests, which was also the 25th anniversary of the establishment of ITTO.

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CBD REDD+ and Biodiversity Newsletter Focuses on Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

CBDAugust 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the July-August issue of its "REDD+ & Biodiversity E-Newsletter." The newsletter aims to inform CBD National Focal Points and CBD partners about biodiversity aspects in relation to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: Asia Water Week 2013 [viewed]

Organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asian Water Week 2013 will address ongoing efforts to reform water management policies and strengthen priority programmes. Focusing on the theme "Water Security for All" the meeting will cover issues including climate change, the water-food-energy nexus, disaster management, civil society, financing, private sector involvement and governance.  

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Event: First Meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee [viewed]

The first meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee will take place on 6-8 September 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand. The Committee was created to assist the Conference of the Parties (COP) in exercising its functions in relation to the financial mechanism of the Convention in terms of improving coherence and coordination in the delivery of climate change financing, rationalization of the financial mechanism, mobilization of financial resources and measurement, reporting and verification of support provided to developing country Parties. At its first meeting, the Committee is scheduled to, inter alia: discuss the scope and functions of the Standing Committee; prepare the work programme of the Standing Committee (2012–2015); and address the modalities of work of the Standing Committee.  

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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REEEP Calls for Clean Energy Projects with Growth Potential [viewed]

23 August 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has released a Call for Proposals for its ninth programme cycle, focusing specifically on projects with large potential for clean energy growth. As the maximum amount of funding per project is limited to €150,000, REEEP will give preference to projects that can provide proof of co-funding from other sources.

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WWAP Publishes Green Accounting for Water Report [viewed]

August 2012: The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has published a report, titled “Green Accounting and Data Improvement for Water Resources,” which examines the incorporation of water-related indicators into environmental accounting systems by the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounts for Water (SEEAW), Eurostat, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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