Economics, Trade & Investment

EU Council Adopts Conclusions on Rio+20 and Durban Climate Conference [viewed]

9 March 2012: The first Environment Council under the Danish Presidency concluded with the adoption of conclusions on follow-up to the Durban Climate Change Conference, and on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). Other items debated included "A Roadmap to a low-carbon economy in 2050" and the Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE).

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IDB and Alberta Undertake Joint Sustainable Energy Initiatives in Latin America [viewed]

IDB7 March 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Alberta, Canada, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish initiatives and programs supporting sustainable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean in an effort to harness the benefits of international cooperation to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Outlines Implications of Durban [viewed]

9 March 2012: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, delivered a lecture on the theme "Implications of the Durban outcome for enhancing action on climate change on the ground towards a more sustainable future," at an event organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London, UK.

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World Bank Macedonian Programme Announces Winners of Green Growth Essay Competition [viewed]

World Bank8 March 2012: The Macedonian Green Growth and Climate Change Analytic and Advisory Program of the World Bank has announced the winners of an essay competition on the integration of sustainability and green growth considerations into the economic growth and competitiveness agenda of Macedonia.

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Caribbean Development Bank to Administer Community DRR Fund [viewed]

7 March 2012: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has reported that it will administer a US$20 million Community Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Fund, which is to be established for Caribbean countries with funds from Canada. The Fund is intended to help Caribbean countries reduce risks, at the community level, posed to vulnerable populations by natural hazards and climate change.

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Event: 19th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund Board supervises and manages the Adaptation Fund under the authority and guidance of the countries that are party to the Kyoto Protocol. The Board is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates: two representatives from each of the UN regional groupings; one representative of the small island developing States (SIDS); one representative of the least developed country (LDC) parties; two other representatives from Annex I parties; and two other representatives from non-Annex I parties.  

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Event: 18th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund Board supervises and manages the Adaptation Fund under the authority and guidance of the countries that are party to the Kyoto Protocol. The Board is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates: two representatives from each of the United Nations regional groupings; one representative of the small island developing States; one representative of the least developed country parties; two other representatives from Annex I parties; and two other representatives from non-Annex I parties.  

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IEA Executive Director Calls for Stronger Energy Policies [viewed]

8 March 2012: The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Maria van der Hoeven, has warned that the global economic crisis is diverting attention away from energy policy.

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World Bank Reports Experience with A/R Biocarbon Fund Projects [viewed]

6 March 2012: The World Bank has published a new report by the BioCarbon Fund detailing the experience in over 20 afforestation and reforestation (A/R) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) forest projects in 16 countries since 2004, with the aim of enhancing knowledge on regulatory issues and policy in the forestry sector.

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Kuwait Joins Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership [viewed]

4 March 2012: Kuwait is the third country in the Middle East (following Qatar and Iraq) to join the Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership, an initiative led by the World Bank to reduce emissions that result from the oil industry.

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