Economics, Trade & Investment

SE4ALL Newsletter Highlights IRENA Support for SE4ALL Initiative [viewed]

February 2013: The January 2013 newsletter of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative highlights outcomes of the January meeting of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and updates on SE4ALL initiatives and collaborations.

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SLoCaT Partnership Publishes Report on Sustainable Urban Transport in China [viewed]

28 February 2013: The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), along with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the World Resources Institute's (WRI) sustainable transport center (EMBARQ), produced a summary report for the expert workshop on Prospects for National-Level Programmes and Funds for Sustainable Urban Transport in China.

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SLoCaT Presents Submission to Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action [viewed]

28 February 2013: The Partnership on Sustainable, Low-Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), along with the Bridging the Gap (BtG) Initiative, presented a submission to the Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) in response to its request for input. The submission addresses the mitigation potential of the land transport sector through wide scale adoption of a new policy paradigm in the sector and implementation of the Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport made at and after Rio+20.

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Event: Third Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

The third meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee will take place on 8-10 March 2013, in Bonn, Germany. 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.  

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CEO Ishii Discusses GEF Role in Transformational Change [viewed]

27 February 2013: Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Global Environment Facility (GEF), noted the importance of a dialogue with the next generation of leaders regarding the GEF's role in transformational change during an address at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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Event: 102nd Session of the International Labour Conference [viewed]

The International Labour Organization (ILO) organizes the International Labour Conference (ILC) annually. Among other agenda items, general discussion at the 102nd session will take place on "Sustainable development, decent work and green jobs". This topic was last addressed at the ILC in 1990, with the presentation of a report on “Environment and the World of Work”. Discussion in 2013 is expected to focus on opportunities for net employment creation, upgrading of existing jobs and social inclusion, and the challenges of job losses from economic restructuring, adaptation to climate change and regressive income effects.  

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IEA-WBCSD Technology Roadmap Says India Could Halve Cement Emissions Projected for 2050 [viewed]

25 February 2013: A new technology roadmap by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Cement Sustainability Initiative (WBCSD CSI) presents a path for nearly halving India's carbon emissions from cement production projected for 2050. The “Technology Roadmap: Low-Carbon Technology for the Indian Cement Industry” outlines how these cuts could be achieved through an array of technological levers and financial and policy support.

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New Zealand Supports SPREP's Biodiversity, Climate Change and Waste Projects [viewed]

SPREP25 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that it has signed a funding agreement with the Government of New Zealand for NZD4.5 million. The funding package will support programmes in Pacific Countries to improve the management of solid waste, protect biodiversity and encourage economic development through ecotourism, and assist Pacific countries in responding to climate change.

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CIF to Release US$50 million to AfDB for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Nigeria [viewed]

22 February 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will release US$50 million to stimulate energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in Nigeria. The funds, administered by CIF's Clean Technology Fund (CTF), will be used to support investments by local banks in efficient, clean and affordable energy, as part an existing program of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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SPC Announces Funding for Development of Sustainable Energy in Pacific SIDS through SIDS DOCK [viewed]

18 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that the Government of Denmark has provided US$4 million for the development of clean and sustainable energy in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Palau, the Marshall Islands (RMI), Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The finance has been provided through the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) DOCK mechanism.

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