Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: 2012 Annual Meetings of World Bank and International Monetary Fund [viewed]

The 2012 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

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Event: The Role of the Power Sector for a Clean Energy Future [viewed]

Focusing on limiting global climate change to 2 degrees as outlined in the International Energy Agency's (IEA) "Energy Technology Perspectives 2012" (ETP 2012), participants in this webinar will discuss the electricity sector's efforts to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions in end-use sectors, among other topics. Free online registration is required.  

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Second Workshop on Long-term Finance Focuses on Creating Enabling Environments [viewed]

3 October 2012: The second UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) workshop on long-term finance focused on approaches to scale-up climate finance and create enabling environments. Parties, private sector and civil society stakeholders held in-depth discussions on new and innovative sources of climate finance, various approaches and strategies to mobilize climate finance, and ways to strengthen developing countries' capacity for improved access to climate finance.

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UNEP and INTERPOL Release Rapid Response Report on Illegal Logging [viewed]

27 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) have released a rapid response report on illegal logging. The report, titled “Green Carbon: Black Trade,” estimates that the illegal logging trade is worth between US$30-100 billion annually and hampers efforts related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). 

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Secretary-General Assures CARICOM of Better Cooperation, Requests Engagement on SDGs and Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

27 September 2012: During a meeting on the sidelines of the opening of the UN General Assembly session, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon assured leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) of improved cooperation between the UN and CARICOM regarding trade, debt, climate change and transnational organized crime, among other issues. He also pledged to continue to raise the issue of the vulnerability of Caribbean island nations to the international financial crisis with the Group of Eight (G8) and Group of 20 (G20) countries.

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UNW-DPAC Publishes Review of UN Publications on Water [viewed]

September 2012: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) published its bimonthly publications review, highlighting UN publications on water from June, July and August that address a variety of issues, including green accounting and sustainable development, water and food security, and water security.

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Event: ECLAC Technical Advisory Committee Meeting on the Economic and Social Impacts of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and will bring together technical experts and government representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, Cuba and the Dominican Republic to examine the results of assessments of the economic and social impacts of climate change on the agriculture, coastal and marine, energy, health, tourism and water sectors in the Caribbean.  

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ITU Green Standards Week Adopts Declaration on Green Growth and Climate Change [viewed]

21 September 2012: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Second Green Standards Week concluded with the adoption of the Paris Declaration on green growth and climate change, as well as the issuance of a call to action on smart sustainable cities.

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OECD Report Recommends Policies for the Promotion of Green Cars [viewed]

OECDSeptember 2012: A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "Market Development for Green Cars," analyzes the barriers to the development of the market for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and proposes policies to overcome them.

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FAO Launches Energy from Biomass Project in Argentina [viewed]

FAO25 September 2012: The Government of Argentina and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed an agreement for a three-year project that seeks to triple biomass as a share of the Argentinian national energy balance by converting forest wastes, animal excreta and crop wastes into biogas and other forms of bioenergy.

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