Economics, Trade & Investment

GEF Approves First Two Projects Under the SFM/REDD+ Window [viewed]

GEF23 March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved its first two projects, in Togo and Azerbaijan, under the sustainable forest management (SFM) and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+) window approved as a result of the GEF's fifth replenishment.

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UNRISD Contributes to “Greening the Economy” Journal Issue [viewed]

12 March 2012: The Society for International Development, in partnership with the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), has published a special issue on "Greening the Economy" of its journal "Development" journal, which aims to contribute to the discussions and debates at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UN-REDD to Support National Programmes in the Congo and Sri Lanka [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board, at its eighth meeting, approved US$8 million to support the National Programmes of the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change Issues Final Report [viewed]

28 March 2012: The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change has released its final report proposing policy responses to the challenges of feeding a world confronted with climate change, population growth, poverty, fluctuating food prices and degraded ecosystems.

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Event: The Role of National Development Banks in Mobilizing International Climate Finance [viewed]

The workshop will help increase awareness from a broad range of national development banks, local financial institutions and other key stakeholders on the opportunities and challenges of international climate finance. Co-organizers include the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Latin American Association of Development Financing Institutions (ALIDE), the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), KfW Bankengruppe, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI), and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP). It will provide for a platform to discuss: opportunities and challenges for the implementation of the Green Climate Fund; the role of treasuries and development banks in the coordination and leverage of international climate finance; experiences with international climate funds and market mechanisms; and recommendations to international fora and processes such as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+ 20) and the Climate Change Conference in December 2012. This workshop is closed to the public and is by invitation only.  

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Event: GEF STAP Meeting [viewed]

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold its next meeting in conjunction with the Planet Under Pressure Conference. At its meeting, STAP will seek to address the following objectives, among other tasks: define new additions to its work programme, drawing conclusions in part from the Planet Under Pressure Conference; present and discuss preliminary findings from its review of the GEF targeted research policy; and prepare for the fifth overall performance study of the GEF.  

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African Leaders Meet to Plan Actions for Sustainable Growth [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Fifth Joint Meeting of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development met to address a broad range of issues related to development under the theme "Unleashing Africa's Potential as a Pole of Global Growth."

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UNFCCC Releases GEF Submission on NAP Process in LDCs [viewed]

22 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a submission from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), as an operating entity of the financial mechanism for the operation of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), on how it could enable activities undertaken as part of the national adaptation plan (NAP) process in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.3).

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Workshop for the Caribbean on Capacity-building for Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to build capacity to: create national action plans for implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the programme of work on the themes of governance, climate change, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas, with a focus on marine protected areas (MPAs) where applicable.  

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UN Report Highlights Sustainable Development Challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

23 March 2012: A new report on sustainable development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, prepared by 13 UN agencies, has highlighted the need for the region to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in green jobs, and establish social protection floors in order to ensure a sustainable future.

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