Economics, Trade & Investment

IDB Provides US$100 Million Loan to Banco Itaú for Energy Efficiency Projects [viewed]

IDB17 February 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$100 million loan to Banco Itaú to finance projects relating to renewable energy, energy efficiency, cleaner production in manufacturing and processing, and projects generating carbon credits in Latin America.

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CEC Grants Aim to Address North American Environmental Challenges [viewed]

16 February 2012: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has awarded over US$1.3 million in grants to 18 projects that will support communities in Canada, Mexico and the US in their efforts to address environmental problems at the local level.

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ADB Supports Uzbekistan's Solar Energy Research Facility [viewed]

ADB16 February 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ABD) has announced that it is working with Uzbekistan to establish a new solar energy research institute.

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Global Organic Market Access Conference Examines Barriers for Access in Developing Countries [viewed]

GOMA14 February 2011: The Global Organic Market Access Conference focused on challenges facing organic agriculture in emerging markets, noting the large impact that minor differences in organic standards can have on accessing markets.

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Event: GEF SGP Regional Workshop for Pacific [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will hold this workshop for Pacific countries.  

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ESCAP, UNEP and ADB Release Asia-Pacific Green Growth Report [viewed]

16 February 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have released a report asserting that the challenges of resource constraints in the Asia-Pacific region are more serious than anywhere else, and proposing strategies for changing economic incentives to promote a green economy. The report was prepared as part of preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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OECS Investigates Funding for Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Energy [viewed]

16 February 2012: An Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) workshop examined climate financing opportunities for Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS) to enable them to respond to the challenges of climate change and variability. The workshop was organized in collaboration with, and with the financial support of, the World Bank Institute (WBI).

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Materials from World Bank Workshop on How to Deploy Renewable Energy Available Online [viewed]

World Bank15 February 2012: The World Bank held a workshop on "How to Choose Appropriate Incentives to Deploy Renewable Energy and Increase Energy Efficiency" and has made the presentations available online.

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IDB Launches Contest to Promote Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean [viewed]

IDB15 February 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the 2012 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest for the Caribbean, which will award up to US$200,000 for projects involving energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in the region.

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CARICOM, Chile Strengthen Cooperation on Sustainable Development [viewed]

CARICOM4 February 2012: The Second Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Chile Joint Commission agreed to intensify political dialogue and cooperation to achieve sustainable development and greater well-being for their peoples.

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