Economics, Trade & Investment

G-8 Calls for Comprehensive Energy Strategy [viewed]

19 May 2012: The G-8 Summit at Camp David recognized the need for universal access to environmentally sound, sustainable, secure and affordable sources of energy to ensure global economic growth and address climate change.

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EBRD Announces New Energy Efficiency Phase of its Sustainable Energy Initiative [viewed]

18 May 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is stepping up investments to improve energy efficiency and address climate change via new investment in projects worth up to €25 billion over the next three years, under the new phase of the Bank's Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI).

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WSIS Forum Considers Role of ICTs in Achieving the MDGs [viewed]

18 May 2012: The 2012 World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS Forum 2012) was held to provide a platform for discussions of how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can address global challenges, such as climate change, and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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World Bank Supports Modernization of Mexico's Meteorological Service [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$105.26 million loan to strengthen Mexico's National Meteorological Service, allowing for it to respond to climate change-induced weather events by improving water and disaster risk management.

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UN Greening the Blue Announces UN Headquarters Now Powered by Renewable Energy [viewed]

16 May 2012: Greening the Blue has announced that the UN Headquarters building in New York, the US, is to be powered by renewable energy. The UN has purchased Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), a tradable certificate issued when electricity is generated and delivered to the grid from a qualifying renewable energy source.

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UNFCCC Releases Further Submissions on Financing Results-based Action on REDD+ [viewed]

7 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions by Malawi and Brazil on their views on modalities and procedures for financing results-based actions for REDD+ (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.3/Add.1).

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Event: Green Jobs: Linking the Environment, Climate Change and the World of Work [viewed]

Organized by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Turin, Italy, in collaboration with the International Labour Office in Geneva, Switzerland, this training will be proceeded by a distance pre-course support (from 2-13 July) and will be followed by a distance post-course follow up (from 23-27 July). The overall objective of this course is to provide a conceptual and strategic framework for the promotion of green jobs at the national level, by focusing on the social and employment dimensions of the green economy.  

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Event: First Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board [viewed]

The first meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23-25 August 2012. The meeting had initially expected to take place on 31 May 2012, and was postponed pending finalization of the process for nominations from countries to the membership of the Board. At its first meeting, the Board is to start working on the Board's organization and operations, as well as the Fund's first workplan. At its first meeting, the Board also is expected to consider the six offers from countries to host the Fund, from Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland.  

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World Bank Releases 2012 Little Green Data Book [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank released its annual book compiling environmental data, which includes information from more than 200 countries relating to agriculture, forests, climate, energy, water, sanitation, and ocean health.

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UN-REDD Board Approves Funding for the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka [viewed]

16 May 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has released the report from its eighth Policy Board meeting, during which it approved funding to support the national programmes on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) of the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka. Both countries will each receive US$4 million.

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