Economics, Trade & Investment

UNGA Debates Incorporating DRR into Rio+20 Outcomes [viewed]

12 April 2012: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, recently held a thematic debate on disaster risk reduction (DRR) focused on: addressing urban risk through public investment; and increasing resilience to disasters through climate adaptation and risk reduction. Participants also attended a side-event on comprehensive action to sustainably reduce vulnerabilities.

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UNFCCC Releases Views on the New Market-based Mechanism [viewed]

11 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 12 submission from Parties containing their views on the various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, bearing in mind different circumstances of developed and developing countries (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.6).

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

11 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released 18 submissions from Parties containing their views on modalities and procedures for financing results-based actions and considering activities related to decision 1/CP.16 (The Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA)) paragraphs 68-70 and 72 (relating to policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to 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 in developing countries (REDD+))(FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.3).

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Framework for Various Approaches [viewed]

11 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from 12 Parties (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.4), two intergovernmental organizations, and 19 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.5), containing their views on a framework for various approaches, including opportunities for using markets, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of, and to promote, mitigation actions, bearing in mind different circumstances of developed and developing countries.

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UN Global Compact Appoints WindMade as Sustainability Partner [viewed]

11 April 2012: UN Global Compact has appointed WindMade as its Sustainability Partner of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Corporate Sustainability Forum.

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European Commissioner for Energy Highlights Policies for Renewable Energy [viewed]

3 April 2012: European Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, addressed the role of renewable energy in the economic recovery of Greece and for Europe at a conference on “Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Development in South Eastern Europe and Helios Project." 

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UNITAR/UN CC:Learn Joins Working Group on Greening Technical and Vocational Education [viewed]

UN CC:Learn2 April 2012: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)/UN CC:Learn has joined the working group on “Greening TVET and Skills Development” of the Inter-agency Group on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (IAG-TVET).

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IEA Journal Addresses Best Practices, Denmark's Path to Fossil Fuel Independence [viewed]

IEAApril 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the second issue of "IEAenergy: The Journal of the International Energy Agency.” Sub-titled “Renewable Energy: Coming of Age,” this issue features articles on. inter alia, the need for the IEA to share its best practices with the climate change community and Denmark's perspective on energy and climate policy.

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Event: Seventh ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

This symposium, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Government of Canada, aims to raise awareness of the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in climate change mitigation and adaptation, thereby advancing the “green ICT” agenda. Among other things, it will provide an avenue to explore how advanced technologies can improve the environmental sustainability of the ICT sector itself. The symposium is part of ITU's activities in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), highlighting the importance of ICTs as enablers of environmentally-sustainable economic development.  

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CIFOR Introduces Model to Build Scenarios on Biofuel Investment [viewed]

FAOApril 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a working paper that presents a model to simulate the decisions of domestic and international biofuel investors.

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