Economics, Trade & Investment

First Energy Ministerial of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) Adopts Abu Dhabi Declaration [viewed]

16 January 2013: Energy ministers and senior government officials from South American and Arab countries (ASPA) have adopted the Abu Dhabi Declaration on enhanced cooperation at the bi-regional mechanism's inaugural meeting on energy.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for a Faster Shift to a Low-carbon Economy [viewed]

16 January 2013: In an address to the World Future Energy Summit, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres urged the creation of a workable future energy mix that meets the world population's needs without increasing vulnerability.

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Event: GEF Familiarization Seminar on GEF-5 Activities [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Familiarization Seminar will review strategies, programs, policies and procedures of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) through interactive sessions drawing from a diversity of participant perspectives. The seminar is targeted for new GEF Agency personnel, new operational focal points and selected convention focal points.

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UNDP Releases NCF Discussion Paper and Asia-Pacific Case Studies [viewed]

15 January 2013: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Asia-Pacific office has published a discussion paper, titled “National Climate Funds: Learning from the Experience of Asia-Pacific countries.” The paper was released together with seven case studies examining national climate funds (NCFs), mechanisms to direct finance towards climate change projects and programmes in Bhutan, Laos People's Democratic Republic, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Micronesia and Tuvalu. 

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Reports on Renewables in Africa, Cost-Competitiveness of Renewable Energy, and 2030 Roadmap Released during IRENA Assembly [viewed]

IRENA14 January 2013: At the third session of the IRENA Assembly, which took place from 13-14 January 2013, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), IRENA released new publications on the future of renewable energy in Africa and the increasing cost-competitiveness of renewable energy, and launched a global roadmap to doubling the share of renewable energy to 30% by the year 2030.

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OECD's Copenhagen Green Growth Study Recommends "Radical" Green Innovation [viewed]

OECDDecember 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an analysis of Greater Copenhagen, Denmark, on measuring the potential of local green growth. The analysis makes ten recommendations aimed at stimulating green innovation and competitiveness, and financing innovation and developing “knowledge intensive green activities.”

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ADB Finances "Green" Buses in People's Republic of China [viewed]

ADB15 January 2013: According to a press release, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that it has earmarked $275 million for financing public buses with lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in major cities in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

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FAO's Unasylva Focuses on Forest Issues after Rio+20 [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 2012 volume of Unasylva on the theme "The power of forests." The report highlights outputs from the FAO Global Forest Resource Assessment and examines forest issues in the wake of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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AfDB Energy Policy to Promote Energy Access, Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

AfDB11 January 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved its new Energy Sector Policy, providing a framework within which to promote access to modern, reliable and affordable access to energy for regional member countries (RMCs), as well as ensure that their energy sectors develop in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner. It is expected that the policy will also aid in addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.

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CIF Reports on Mozambique's Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience [viewed]

11 January 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have reported on the implementation of Mozambique's US$100 million strategic programme for climate resilience, which was endorsed in June 2011 by the CIF through its Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) window.

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