Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: UNITAR/UNEP e-Learning Course: Introduction to a Green Economy - Concepts, Principles and Applications [viewed]

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have developed this e-learning course to provide interested stakeholders with an introduction to the green economy concept. The course will be conducted from 14 May-22 June 2012, and is organized as an interactive, web-based course. Participants will learn about the green economy and the challenges and opportunities to advance low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially-inclusive development.  

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New Clean Energy Initiatives and Commitments Announced at CEM3 [viewed]

26 April 2012: Leaders from the governments of the 23 Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) participant countries, together with the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, have announced a variety of new commitments and initiatives to improve energy efficiency, increase the share of renewable energy, and enable energy access worldwide. These commitments and initiatives are the main outcomes of the two-day Third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3).

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Report Reviews Progress on CCS Deployment [viewed]

26 April 2012: The IEA and Global CCS Institute presented a report at the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) that tracks progress made on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) against recommendations made in 2011.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes LDC Expert Group Meeting Report [viewed]

25 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Expert Group (LEG), containing, among other things, the LEG's two-year rolling work programme for 2012-2013 and an update on the LEG's efforts to implement its work (FCCC/SBI/2012/7).

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UNFCCC Releases Developing Countries' Submissions on NAMAs [viewed]

24 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from three Parties and one group of Parties providing more information by developing country Parties, subject to availability, relating to nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), including underlying assumptions and methodologies, sectors and gases covered, global warming potential values used, support needs for implementation of NAMAs and estimated mitigation outcomes (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.2)

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IEA Report to CEM says Clean Energy Progress not Ambitious Enough to Remain within 2 Degree Scenario [viewed]

IEA25 April 2012: The International Energy Agency has launched a report, titled “Tracking Clean Energy Progress,” at the third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM). The report is an excerpt of the publication “Energy Technologies Perspectives 2012,” which is scheduled to be launched in June 2012.

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Workshop Calls for Additional Support for Implementation of LEDS in Africa [viewed]

23 April 2012: During a recent international workshop on Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS), participants heard from representatives across Africa on the need for additional financial and technical support to ensure that African countries can continue LEDS implementation.

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AfDB Finalizes Climate Safeguard Systems Design [viewed]

AfDB23 April 2012: The final design of the African Development Bank's (AfDB) Climate Safeguard Systems (CSS), comprising four modules for assessing risk and identifying adaptation measures, was announced during a two-day workshop held in March 2012.

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UNFCCC Releases Brazil's Submission on Costs Incurred for National Communication [viewed]

20 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submission from Brazil containing information on the detailed costs incurred, including in-kind contributions, for the preparation of their most recent national communications, and on the financial resources received through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.7).

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FIP Pilot Country Meeting Evaluates REDD+ Initiatives [viewed]

23 April 2012: The third meeting of pilot countries participating in the Forest Investment Program (FIP) addressed: developing innovative approaches to invest in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+); working with the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities; and sharing views on the design and implementation of systems to monitor REDD+ investment results.

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