Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank Reports on Disaster Risk Assessment Initiative in the Pacific [viewed]

World BankApril 2012: The World Bank has reported on an initiative to develop disaster risk assessment tools and plan for future disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Pacific Island countries titled the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI).

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Nordic Council of Ministers Releases Report on Flexible Emissions Fees [viewed]

17 April 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has launched a report on using flexible emissions fees as an incentive to drive sustainable production and consumption. The report asks whether flexible emission fees could be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, while encouraging economic development, based on Anders Höglund's proposal for a Flexible Emissions Fee Mechanism.

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UNFCCC Releases Note on Funding Travel and Participation in Meetings [viewed]

17 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note containing a report on the policy and budgetary implications of funding travel and participation in meetings of the constituted bodies of all members and alternate members (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.1).

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Event: World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings [viewed]

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring meetings gather Governors of the Bank and IMF to provide guidance to the management of the Bretton Woods institutions.  

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Fourth Africa Carbon Forum Opens [viewed]

18 April 2012: The fourth Africa Carbon Forum, a trade fair and knowledge-sharing event focusing on carbon investments in Africa, opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Forum's agenda includes a review of progress on UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) procedures that benefit African countries in accessing Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, and the future of the CDM and the climate regime.

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Bids to Host the Green Climate Fund Announced [viewed]

GEF16 April 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat have reported that they received bids to host the Green Climate Fund (GCF) from the following six UNFCCC parties: Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, Republic of Korea, and Switzerland.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves New Project Proposals and NIEs [viewed]

Adaptation Fund16 April 2011: At its 17th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) accredited new National Implementing Entities (NIE) from Kenya, Mexico and Argentina, and approved a collection of project concepts and a proposal. 

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FAO Releases Asia-Pacific Forestry Briefs [viewed]

FAOApril 2012: Policy briefs resulting from the second Asia-Pacific Forestry Sector Outlook Study (APFSOS II) highlight concerns with biodiversity loss in the region, a need for improved governance and better forest management at the field level, and a call for enhanced training and awareness of forestry issues. APFSOS II was issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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UNECE Launches Green Economy Seminar Series With Discussion of Green Homes [viewed]

UNECE16 April 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) discussed residential energy efficiency at the first seminar in a series launched to promote actions towards a regional green economy. The Green Economy seminars will provide a forum for discussing the integration of social and environmental considerations in the lead-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

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First tCERs Issued for World Bank Reforestation Project in Brazil [viewed]

World Bank13 April 2012: The UNFCCC has issued the first temporary certified emission reductions (tCERs), under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), to a reforestation project in Brazil.

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