Economics, Trade & Investment

ADB Study Estimates Cost of Climate Change in East Asia [viewed]

ADB17 October 2013: Protecting East Asia's most vulnerable sectors from climate change would cost US$36.6 billion annually, less than 0.3% of the region's GDP, according to the 'Economics of Climate Change in East Asia,' a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre Newsletter Highlights New Renewable- and Poverty-Reducing Energy Projects [viewed]

fs-unep-centre10 October 2013: The fourth newsletter of the Frankfurt School-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance highlights activities related to a new E-Learning Programme in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance, a microfinance institution project in Nepal and Ethiopia, and the UN CC:Learn pilot project in the Dominican Republic, among other items.

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Event: 22nd Session of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

At its 22nd session, the UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy will discuss issues including: achieving Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) in the UNECE region; reliable and stable transit of energy resources and its role in ensuring sustainable development and international cooperation; reducing carbon intensity in the energy sector; and the role for gas in a green economy.  

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Adaptation Fund Releases Graphic Describing Its Activities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund18 October 2013: The Adaptation Fund has released an infographic describing the $190 million of allocated funds across projects in 28 countries. The graphic highlights the following climate impacts: hurricanes and cyclones; water supplies; flooding; coastal zones; agriculture and food security; and landslides.

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FAO Explores Links Among Forests, Rangelands and Climate Change in Southern Africa [viewed]

FAO17 October 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in collaboration with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa and with the support of the Government of Belgium, released a forests and climate change working paper, titled ‘Forests, Rangelands and Climate Change in Southern Africa.'

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Financing for Development [viewed]

UNGA16 October 2013: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) took up its agenda item on financing for development and macroeconomic policy. In a meeting on 16 October 2013, in New York, US, Member States discussed global trade, sovereign debt, official development assistance (ODA), poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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Latin America Attracts Growing Share of Clean Energy Investment: IDB, Bloomberg Report [viewed]

climate-scope16 October 2013: A study conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) finds that the Latin America and Caribbean region is attracting a growing share of global clean energy investment, changing from 5.7% of the world total of US$302.3 billion in 2011, to 6% of the world total of US$268.7 billion in 2012.

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Global Partnership for Oceans Releases Blue Ribbon Panel Report [viewed]

globalpartnershipforoceans16 October 2013: A panel of leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector and civil society, has released recommendations for actions to improve ocean health. The Blue Ribbon Panel was convened by the World Bank to provide multi-stakeholder perspectives on achieving ecological, social and economic goals in the management of global oceans in support of the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO).

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World Energy Council Offers Ten-Point Agenda for Change [viewed]

world-energy-congress15 October 2013: The World Energy Council (WEC) has released a ten-point action plan and detailed guide to creating a framework to help governments, industry and key decision makers to address the inter-related challenges of energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability.

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EU Council Adopts Position Ahead of COP 19 [viewed]

EU flag14 October 2013: The Council of the EU adopted conclusions in preparation for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC and the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9), which will take place in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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