Economics, Trade & Investment

GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda [viewed]

GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda (photo courtesy of the GEF Secretariat)21 February 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of a project carried out in Uganda to disseminate sustainable land use practices while supporting income-generating activities at the community level.

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ADB Co-Hosts Greater Mekong Subregion Growth and Sustainability Meeting [viewed]

ADB20 February 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB), together with Mekong countries, hosted the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) 2020: Balancing Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability International Conference, which addressed several themes relating to economic growth and environmental sustainability.

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IEA Report on Energy Policy of Slovak Republic Calls for Regional Cooperation on Energy Security [viewed]

IEA6 February 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report entitled “Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Slovak Republic Review,” which lauds Slovakia's efforts on energy efficiency, and notes the essential role of greater regional cooperation, particularly in gas and electricity interconnections, in enhancing energy security and market competition for the region as a whole.

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UNEP Names World Environment Day Host [viewed]

World Environment Day 201222 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that Brazil will host World Environment Day 2012, under the theme “Green Economy: Does it include you?” World Environment Day, which is celebrated annually on 5 June, will take place a few weeks before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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African Carbon Support Programme Seminar Highlights Durban Outcomes [viewed]

AfDB22 February 2012: The African Carbon Support Programme (ACSP) held a seminar for the African Development Bank (AfDB) staff, outlining the outcomes of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Durban, South Africa, in 2011.

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UNESCAP Convenes South-East Asian Flood Risk Reduction Forum [viewed]

20 February 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management, convened the South-East Asia Flood Risk Reduction Forum, which focused on lessons learned from the 2011 South-East Asian flooding and ways to increase resilience to future floods.  

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Event: ClimDev-Africa High-Level Roundtable [viewed]

This roundtable will focus on mobilizing resources for the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund, which was established to pool resources and finance demand-driven projects in Africa that aim to generate and disseminate climate information at all levels. ClimDev-Africa is a joint strategic initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). These same institutions are hosting the event with host, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).  

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Event: UNCTAD Workshop on Corporate Climate Change Reporting [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). It aims to share information on, and compare frameworks for, corporate reporting on climate-change related information and climate-change disclosure. The event will focus on: understanding policies, initiatives and practices leading to demand for and supply of climate-change related information; problems related to the lack of consistency among climate-change disclosure systems and assessing benefits of greater consistency; and stimulating further discussions on enhancing consistency. The event will provide inputs to a joint UNCTAD, OECD, CDSB, GRI report to be launched prior to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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European Finance Ministers Adopt Conclusions on Durban Follow-up [viewed]

EU21 February 2012: During the Council meeting on Economic and Financial Affairs, European Finance Ministers adopted conclusions on "Climate Finance – Follow-up to the Durban Conference," which welcome the approval of the governing instrument for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the Durban Climate Change Conference, the work programme on long-term finance, and the decision on financing for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries).

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UNEP Releases Report on Financing Renewable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

UNEP21 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Drivers and Barriers for Private Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa.” The report was released to mark the African launch of the 2012 UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, which took place on the side of 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12/GMEF).  

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