Economics, Trade & Investment

UNEP Executive Director Commits to Increased Assistance to Africa at AMCEN [viewed]

UNEP12 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner addressed African ministers attending the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference for the Environment (AMCEN), convening from 7-14 September 2012, in Arusha, Tanzania. Steiner underscored UNEP's commitment to assist African States in making the transition to a Green Economy, negotiating a new climate treaty, building awareness on chemicals and hazardous wastes, and improving the management of drylands.

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UNEP, GEF Guidebook Outlines Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation in Building Sector [viewed]

August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have published a guidebook on mitigation technologies and practices in the building sector, with examples of the use of solar energy, energy efficient building materials, and urban planning for storm water management. 

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IFAD Pledges Finance Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Activities in Yemen [viewed]

7 September 2012: The Consultative Group Meeting for the Republic of Yemen announced a package of pledges towards Yemen's Transitional Program for Stabilization and Development, which included US$41 million in pledges from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to develop new programs.

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World Bank Approves Loan for Greening Himachal Pradesh's Development Policy [viewed]

World Bank6 September 2012: The World Bank approved a US$100 million loan to support India's Himachal Pradesh (HP) State in moving towards a green growth path, through the protection of watersheds in the mountainous region and the development of sustainable hydropower. A second development policy loan is expected to follow, with funding from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF).

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Event: Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

The fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) will bring together ministers from more than 20 participating countries under the theme of "Technology and Business Innovation". Topics to be discussed include: progress by the 13 clean energy initiatives of CEM; enhancing cooperation between CEM governments; and the development of public-private partnerships to support clean energy development. Six high-level public-private roundtables will be held to discuss: solar photovoltaics; clean vehicles; power markets in emerging economies; renewable policy and finance; energy management systems; and mini-grid development. CEM4 will also hold an Innovation Showcase Pavilion that will be open to the public to highlight 40 groundbreaking clean technologies from 16-18 April. Following the opening of the Pavilion, a Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy event will be held, which will include: opening remarks by representatives from India and South Africa; a short film introducing C3E; and a panel discussion on “Women and Clean Energy Innovation.” The Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative will also present the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Awards for the most energy-efficient commercially available flat-panel televisions on 17 April.  

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Event: GEF STAP Workshop on Soil Organic Carbon and Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) is organizing two workshops in Kenya to consider the role of soils in delivering global environmental benefits, and to share the tools developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-GEF Carbon Benefits Project. A scoping workshop for the GEF on soil organic carbon for global benefits will be held 10-12 September at UNEP. On 13-16 September 2012, STAP and UNEP will lead a review workshop of the tools developed by the UNEP-GEF Carbon Benefits Project (CBP). The meeting will be held at Voi Wildlife Lodge in Tsavo.  

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Climate Finance Investment Facility Calls for Proposals from Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

5 September 2012: The Climate Finance Innovation Facility (CFIF), managed by the Frankfurt School – UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance, has launched its third Call for Proposals. CFIF invites applications from financial institutions based in Asia-Pacific developing countries, to be submitted by 30 September 2012.

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Bhutan, UNDP-UNEP Hold Workshops on Green and Inclusive Development in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

9 August 2012: Bhutan hosted participants from eight Asia-Pacific countries in two high-level workshops addressing green and inclusive economics and development. In the keynote address, Bhutan's Minister of Labor and Human Resources, Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi, highlighted environmental resources as a critical asset for economic development and poverty reduction in developing countries.

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Event: Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews [viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and partners will organize a workshop on aid effectiveness in the area of public expenditure related to climate change, bringing 100 government officials and development partners from the Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America regions to Bangkok. Particpants at the three-day workshop, titled "Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews: Workshop on Past Experience and the Way Forward" and convening from 10-12 September 2012, will work on recommendations for peer support and collaboration and produce guidelines for a new "Climate Change Public Expenditure Review Sourcebook".  

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CCAFS Bulletin Describes Toll of Heat Shocks on Economic Growth [viewed]

3 September 2012: The September edition of the AgClim Letters, published by the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS), describes long-term effects of temperature shocks on economic growth, which is felt especially in poor countries. 

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