Economics, Trade & Investment

Workshop Discusses Green Credit for Climate Change Mitigation in LAC Energy and Agriculture [viewed]

IDB3 December 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) co-organized a regional workshop for the Latin American banking sector, particularly development banks, to promote dialogue on financial instruments that promote climate change mitigation through energy efficiency, renewable energy and agricultural projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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Last Update of 2012 [viewed]

We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication of our knowledgebases on 7 January 2013. Thank you for your support during 2012.

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Flood Prevention Funds Sought by Italy, UNISDR Reports [viewed]

18 December 2012: Reporting on recent flooding in Italy and the Italian Government's efforts to secure €40 billion over the next 15 years for flood prevention, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction - Regional Office for Europe (UNISDR EUR) highlighted the need for risk management and reduction to address known and emerging risks.

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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits NIE, Approves Projects in Argentina and Sri Lanka [viewed]

Adaptation Fund14 December 2012: At its 19th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) accredited its 15th National Implementing Entity (NIE), the International Cooperation Agency of Chile; and approved $12.3 million in grants to fund projects in Argentina and Sri Lanka.

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Event: INC-Forests 4 [viewed]

The fourth and final session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests 4) is slated to complete negotiations for a legally binding agreement (LBA) on forests.  

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UN Secretary-General Reflects on Progress, Shortfalls in 2012 [viewed]

19 December 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a press conference reflecting on the year's work, in New York, US, on 19 December 2012. He said the UN has helped to lay foundations for progress on sustainable development, the “top challenge” of the 21st century, including through the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UNEP Launches Blue Carbon Portal [viewed]

19 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched “The Blue Carbon Portal,” a website that aims to improve understanding of blue carbon habitats – marine ecosystems that capture and store atmospheric carbon – and highlight initiatives that support them.

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Regional Symposium Discusses Climate Change Adaptation in the South-West Indian Ocean Islands [viewed]

14 December 2012: The international symposium titled "Adaptation to climate change in the South-West Indian Ocean islands - Evaluation and Prospects" took place from 12-14 December 2012, in Saint-Denis, La Réunion. During the event, member States of the the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) called for enhancing regional cooperation in the field of climate change adaptation.

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North American MGS Consultation Develops Key Messages for UNEP GC/GMEF [viewed]

UNEP13 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for North America (RONA) organized the North American Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) Consultation, in preparation for the 14th UNEP Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) and the 27th Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF).

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ADB Releases Second Edition of the Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment [viewed]

ADBDecember 2012: In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program, initiated in 1992, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched the second edition of its GMS Atlas of the Environment.

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