Economics, Trade & Investment

UNEP Risø Centre Discusses Barriers to Climate Technology Transfer [viewed]

January 2012: A report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development, titled "Overcoming Barriers to the Transfer and Diffusion of Climate Technologies," provides practical guidance on analyzing barriers to climate change-related technology transfer and on measures to overcoming them.

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CIF Civil Society Observers Elected [viewed]

14 February 2012: The organization RESOLVE has announced the election of representatives for civil society observers for the period 2012-2014 at the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

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Event: Sixth Caribbean Environment Forum and Exhibition (CEF 5) and 16th Annual Wider Caribbean Waste Management Conference (ReCaribe) [viewed]

These two events will be held simultaneously under the unified theme "The Green Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Health, Water, Waste, Land, Energy, Climate Change and our Natural Resources" to emphasize technologies, actions and strategies to address key environmental and health issues facing Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS). The CEF series on Caribbean health and environment has been organized by the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) biennially since 2000. The annual ReCaribe has been organized since 1995 by Clean Islands International (CII) to discuss waste management issues in the wider Caribbean region. The combined event is being co-sponsored by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (CAR/RCU), the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management project (IWCAM), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

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Barcelona Convention Parties Call for a Blue Economy to Safeguard the Mediterranean [viewed]

UNEP10 February 2012: The 17th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP 17) to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols concluded with the adoption of the Paris Declaration, which calls for a “blue” economy to safeguard and promote a clean, healthy, and productive Mediterranean environment.

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Event: ICLEI - 2012 World Congress [viewed]

The ICLEI World Congress 2012 takes place every three years and provides mayors, local government officials, representatives of international institutions and other partners opportunities for peer exchange, knowledge-sharing, capacity building and on-site visits and exhibits. ICLEI is supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the World Bank and others. Key themes to be addressed during the conference include: green urban economy; changing citizens, changing cities; greening events; and food security and how can biodiversity protection be integrated into municipal planning and decision making.  

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IFAD Supports Food Security and Rural Development in Niger [viewed]

19 January 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has signed a loan with the Government of Niger to assist in improving food security and rural development in the Maradi Region of the country.

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Triennial LDC Review Hears Vanuatu's Needs for Smooth Transition [viewed]

17 January 2012: The representative of Vanuatu to the UN urged the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to ensure that, if the country is recommended for graduation from least developed country (LDC) status, it would continue to enjoy the preferential trade terms and other privileges provided to LDCs, in order not to derail the country from its sustainable development path.

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Event: Workshop on the Process and Requirements of the Accreditation of National Implementing Entities for Direct Access under the Adaptation Fund for the Asian and Eastern European Regions [viewed]

The Adaptation Fund (AF), established by the parties to the Kyoto Protocol of the UNFCCC, is mandated to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol. These funds can either be accessed through an accredited multilateral institution, or through an accredited National Implementing Entity (NIE). For an NIE to be accredited, it has to provide evidence for being able to meet the fiduciary standards set up by the AF Board. An entity that meets these standards and in turn becomes an accredited NIE has "direct access" to the resources of the AF. This workshop for the Asian region is the third of a series, as two regional workshops have already been organized by the Secretariat for the African region, and for Latin America and the Caribbean.  

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IDB Funds Biomass Project for Low Income Families in Brazil [viewed]

IDB8 February 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$2 million project to help low-income families in Brazil to supply fruit kernels to biomass plants.

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EBRD Increases Investment in Sustainable Energy [viewed]

8 February 2012: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invested €2.6 billion in sustainable energy projects in 2011 in response to the need to increase energy efficiency and support low-carbon growth, the Bank has announced.

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