Economics, Trade & Investment

FAO Releases First Status Report on Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture in Africa [viewed]

FAO30 August 2012: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the “First Status Report on Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture in Africa.” Accompanying strong economic growth and expansion of urban centers in Africa, FAO notes the strong potential contribution of urban gardening to food security, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development.

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Australia, EU to Link Emissions Trading Systems [viewed]

28 August 2012: Greg Combet, Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, have announced that the Australian emissions trade scheme and the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will be fully linked by 2018.

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Pacific Smaller Island Leaders Discuss Climate Change, Tourism and Trade [viewed]

PIFS27 August 2012: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) announced the outcomes of the 21st Smaller Island States (SIS) Leaders Meeting, held in Raratonga, the Cook Islands, on 27 August 2012. The meeting took decisions on the SIS Development Fund, financing for climate change, tourism and trade.

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UNECE, FAO Release Annual Market Review of Forest Products for 2011-2012 [viewed]

August 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) released the “Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2011-2012,” which finds that wood energy constitutes the primary renewable energy source in the UNECE region, and discusses the role of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) mechanisms in carbon markets.

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Event: Second Dialogue on Financing Low Carbon Electricity in Latin America [viewed]

This event, organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), intends to build on the First Dialogue held in August 2011 to promote debate and share perspectives and experiences in investment policies and regulatory frameworks for electricity generation projects with low-carbon emissions.  

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Event: Singapore International Energy Week 2012 [viewed]

This annual event, organized by the Singapore Energy Market Authority (EMA) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, brings together policy makers, energy professionals and business leaders to discuss best practices and solutions for energy-related issues. During the week a range of roundtables, conferences and dialogues will be organized on several topics including: offshore renewable energy; electricity; solar energy; and smart grids. During a a two-day Asia Future Energy Forum specialists will discuss several renewable energy sources under the heading of "Powering Sustainability through Innovations." Speakers will include Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA) and Rutu Dave, Climate Change Specialist, the World Bank Institute.  

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Event: Introduction to a Green Economy: Concepts and Applications [viewed]

This e-learning course is being organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and will take place from 8 October to 30 November 2012. The course will focus on the different concepts and facets of the green economy, as well as on the challenges and opportunities for advancing low-carbon, resource efficient and socially-inclusive development.  

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Bangladesh LDCF Project Wins Earth Care Award 2012 [viewed]

GEF24 August 2012: A project in Bangladesh on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), won this year's Earth Care Award. 

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World Bank Releases Water Partnership Programme 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

World Bank22 August 2012: The World Bank has published the 2011 Annual Report of the Water Partnership Programme (WPP), which highlights WPP impacts on: World Bank lending; climate change effects on water access; sustainable water availability; and achieving green growth.

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ITTO Annual Report for 2011 Highlights REDD+ Activities [viewed]

August 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released its Annual Report for 2011, outlining the organization's activities during the UN International Year of Forests, which was also the 25th anniversary of the establishment of ITTO.

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