Economics, Trade & Investment

UN-HABITAT Report on the State of Arab Cities Focuses on Urban Transition [viewed]

May 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has released the 2012 edition of its regional report the State of Arab Cities on the theme “Challenges of Urban Transition.” The report notes that, although urban slums are decreasing and urban innovations are being introduced, the region still faces major challenges, including high youth unemployment rates and climate change.

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UNDP Asia Pacific Human Development Report Focuses on Progress in a Changing Climate [viewed]

UNDP10 May 2012:  The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its regional human development report for Asia Pacific, titled "One Planet to Share – Sustaining Human Progress in a Changing Climate." The report emphasizes that, to achieve a shift to a greener economy, countries in the region will need to change their production patterns, including in the energy, industrial and agricultural sectors. 

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ADB Discusses Inclusive Growth [viewed]

ADB5 May 2012: The 45th meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was organized around the theme “Inclusive Growth through Better Governance and Partnerships” and addressed how to bring the benefits of Asia's growth to all, especially the poor.

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SE4ALL Publishes Global Action Agenda to Encourage Concerted Action on Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

25 April 2012: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative has published an Action Agenda, containing summaries of key action areas to realize SE4ALL and an implementation roadmap to begin working towards that goal.

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Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change Calls for Building on Durban [viewed]

EU8 May 2012: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change brought together representatives from 30 countries, including from least developed countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), to build on the achievements of the Durban Climate Change Conference. The meeting, which was hosted by the EU, also provided an opportunity for Ministers to discuss the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Global Fuel Economy Initiative Launches Three Year Global Fuel Efficiency Campaign [viewed]

GFEI3 May 2012: The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) has launched a three-year campaign as part of an effort to improve vehicle fuel economy around the world. The GFEI's 2012-15 objectives include include, inter alia: supporting countries on fuel economy policies, raising awareness on fuel economies, and using data to assist countries policies to address fuel economy.

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International Transport Forum Releases the Transport Outlook 2012 [viewed]

Transport Outlook 2012May 2012: The International Transport Forum (ITF) has released its 2012 Transport Outlook on Seamless Transport for Greener Growth.

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UNESCO and Partners Highlight Value of Blue Carbon Initiatives [viewed]

UNESCO IOC26 April 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IOC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI) organized a side event on the margins of the second round of "informal-informal" consultations on the zero draft of the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), to sensitize UN delegates of the potential value of national investment in coastal ecosystem conservation through blue carbon initiatives, as mean to ensure to long term sustainability of coastal areas and green economic development while mitigating climate change.

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UNDP Hosts Regional Dialogue on Climate Change Finance in Africa [viewed]

UNDPApril 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) recently hosted a regional dialogue on climate change finance in Africa that aimed to build the capacities of countries to better plan, access, deliver, monitor, and report on climate finance. The meeting brought together government representatives from Ministries of Finance and Environment from Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

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Event: 14th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment [viewed]

The 14th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN-14) will provide a platform for African Ministers to debate the key outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and address other emerging issues related to sustainable development and the environment in Africa. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to the Ministers to refine their strategies on a common approach to engaging with the international community in the climate change negotiation process and in preparation of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 18), to take place at the end of 2012 in Doha, Qatar. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has served as the Secretariat of AMCEN since its inception.  

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