Economics, Trade & Investment

Representatives from Developed Countries Discuss Fast-Start Finance [viewed]

enbots-event112 November 2013: The UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat organized a side event on 'Fast-Start Finance - Lessons Learned 2010-2012,' during which representatives from a number of developed countries discussed their efforts related to fast-start finance.

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IFC Sees Possibility of US$1 Trillion in Climate-Smart Investment Potential in EMENA Region [viewed]

IFCNovember 2013: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector, has published a report that estimates up to US$1 trillion in climate-smart investment potential in renewable energy, resource efficiency and climate change adaptation across Emerging Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa (EMENA).

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Climate Finance Tracking Website Launched [viewed]

AfDBNovember 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced its efforts to develop a climate finance tracking methodology, through collaboration to develop a joint multilateral development bank methodology for tracking adaptation and mitigation finance. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Documents on Bunker Fuels, GEF and GCF [viewed]

UNFCCC10 November 2013: The UNFCCC has released documents for consideration during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, which address information on bunker fuels, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). These topics will be considered under the agenda of different bodies during the upcoming days. 

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UN, World Bank, EU Pledge Support to Sahel [viewed]

un-worldbank8 November 2013: Development leaders traveled to the Sahel region in Africa to discuss governance, resilience, peace and security with the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger. During the trip, from 4-8 November 2013, the World Bank and EU announced over US$8 billion in investments to boost economic growth and tackle poverty in the region.

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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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Event: International Renewable Energy Jobs Conference [viewed]

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is organizing this event alongside the World Future Energy Summit (WFES). The conference will discuss how the renewables sector has become a significant employer with potential for creating millions more jobs worldwide in coming years. It will provide an opportunity for experts and policy makers to share knowledge, experience and best practices on renewable energy job creation. It will also look at trends and dynamics in renewable energy job creation and the policy and economic environment needed to maximize potential for job creation.  

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ESCAP, KEITI Launch Asia Carbon Footprint Network [viewed]

UNESCAP6 November 2013: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (ESCAP) and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) launched the Asian Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN), which is expected to serve as a regional platform to share expertise on carbon labeling and carbon footprint programmes, and to help support markets, producers and consumers to move towards low-carbon pathways.

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UNEP, AMCEN Detail Adaptation Costs in Africa [viewed]

UNEP - AMCEN5 November 2013: Ahead of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19), the UN Environment Programme Regional Office for Africa (UNEP ROA), together with the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), and Climate Analytics, have released the ‘Africa Adaptation Technical Report: Climate-change impacts, adaptation challenges and costs for Africa.'

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UNFCCC Releases Standing Committee and Long-term Finance Reports [viewed]

UNFCCC4 November 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report on the outcomes of the extended work programme on long-term finance and the report of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) for consideration at the upcoming Climate Change Conference to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013. 

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