Economics, Trade & Investment

UN Greening the Blue Announces UN Headquarters Now Powered by Renewable Energy [viewed]

16 May 2012: Greening the Blue has announced that the UN Headquarters building in New York, the US, is to be powered by renewable energy. The UN has purchased Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), a tradable certificate issued when electricity is generated and delivered to the grid from a qualifying renewable energy source.

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UNFCCC Releases Further Submissions on Financing Results-based Action on REDD+ [viewed]

7 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions by Malawi and Brazil on their views on modalities and procedures for financing results-based actions for REDD+ (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.3/Add.1).

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Event: Green Jobs: Linking the Environment, Climate Change and the World of Work [viewed]

Organized by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Turin, Italy, in collaboration with the International Labour Office in Geneva, Switzerland, this training will be proceeded by a distance pre-course support (from 2-13 July) and will be followed by a distance post-course follow up (from 23-27 July). The overall objective of this course is to provide a conceptual and strategic framework for the promotion of green jobs at the national level, by focusing on the social and employment dimensions of the green economy.  

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Event: First Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board [viewed]

The first meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23-25 August 2012. The meeting had initially expected to take place on 31 May 2012, and was postponed pending finalization of the process for nominations from countries to the membership of the Board. At its first meeting, the Board is to start working on the Board's organization and operations, as well as the Fund's first workplan. At its first meeting, the Board also is expected to consider the six offers from countries to host the Fund, from Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland.  

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World Bank Releases 2012 Little Green Data Book [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank released its annual book compiling environmental data, which includes information from more than 200 countries relating to agriculture, forests, climate, energy, water, sanitation, and ocean health.

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UN-REDD Board Approves Funding for the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka [viewed]

16 May 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has released the report from its eighth Policy Board meeting, during which it approved funding to support the national programmes on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) of the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka. Both countries will each receive US$4 million.

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EEA Report Assesses Progress Towards a Green Economy in Europe [viewed]

EEA16 May 2012: In the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced a publication titled "Environmental Indicator Report 2012." The Report assesses progress within the EU to support the transition to a green economy, and presents established indicators that illustrate progress towards improving resource efficiency and indicators that depict the risk of passing environmental thresholds.

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AfDB, FAO to Increase Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

AfDB16 May 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) is launching a joint regional programme with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) aimed at increasing drought resilience and improving sustainable livelihoods in the Greater Horn of Africa.

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FAO Asia and Pacific Joins ADB Energy for All Initiative [viewed]

15 May 2012: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Energy for All (E4All) initiative has announced that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has joined its Energy for All Initiative to encourage better energy access for rural communities and “energy-smart” agri-food systems.

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Adaptation Fund Board Submits Views on a Review of its Interim Arrangements [viewed]

13 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the views of the Adaptation Fund Board on the report of the review of the interim arrangements of the Adaptation Fund (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.2).

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