Economics, Trade & Investment

BCIE, UNDP Share Lessons Learned Supporting Green Businesses in Central America [viewed]

4 September 2012: The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) and the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean organized a symposium on "Sharing Lessons of Green Business for Biodiversity, Renewable Energy and Climate Change," from 23-24 August 2012, in the City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama.

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European Investment Bank Finances Renewable Energy Project in Ukraine [viewed]

24 September 2012: The European Investment Bank (EIB) announced it will lend EUR 200 million to Ukraine for modernizing and upgrading generation of hydroelectricity through the UkrHydroEnergo programme. The project is expected to result in a significant reduction of fossil fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in Ukraine.

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UNCTAD Trade and Development Board Discusses Sustainable Development in Africa [viewed]

UNCTAD20 September: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held the 59th session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board, which included a session on the sustainable structural transformation in Africa, highlighting challenges for African countries in making structural changes to their economies, as well as opportunities offered by greening economic growth.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Annual Report [viewed]

September 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released his annual report on the work of the Organization. The report includes nine sections and highlights Ban's five-year Action Agenda, which identifies opportunities for joint action. The section on promotion of sustained economic growth and sustainable development discusses: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); climate change; Sustainable Energy For All (SE4ALL); and the global jobs crisis.

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Event: Global Reporting Initiative South Asia Conference [viewed]

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) South Asia Conference, organized by GRI in collaboration with the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), and the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB), will focus on the theme, “Sustainability Reporting for a Sustainable Economy”. It is designed to introduce businesses to trends in sustainability reporting, GRI guidelines and the reporting process through a half-day master class followed by presentations and a panel discussion.  

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Event: UNEP Finance Initiative 2012 Annual General Meeting [viewed]

The annual meeting is expected to be attended by UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP) members. It will provide signatories with an opportunity to guide UNEP FI's activities, influence future strategies, and network with peers. Prior to the Annual General Meeting, on 10 October, the Banking Commission and Principles for Sustainable Finance meetings will be held at the Palais des Nations.  

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EU, China Partner to Promote the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy [viewed]

20 September 2012: Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, and Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming have signed an agreement to help finance efforts to reach environmental, energy- and carbon-intensity targets. The agreement will contribute to reducing Chinese greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNFCCC Publishes GEF's Report to the COP [viewed]

20 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Conference of the Parties (COP) (FCCC/CP/2012/6), which includes information on the activities of the GEF for the fiscal year 2012, from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, in the area of climate change. 

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Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Releases Hanoi Communiqué [viewed]

7 September 2012: Delegates and high-level representatives shared experiences and advocated developing integrated policies that build partnerships with the private sector and encourage financial innovation on climate-smart agriculture during the Second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change: Hunger for Action.

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FAO Releases Paper on Greening the Economy with Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

FAO5 September 2012: Noting the challenges of ensuring food security, adapting agriculture to climate change, and minimizing agriculture's contribution to climate change, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a paper exploring the relationship between increased resource use efficiency for agricultural productivity in the context of meeting sustainable development and climate change objectives.

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