Economics, Trade & Investment

UNFCCC Releases GEF Submission on NAP Process in LDCs [viewed]

22 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a submission from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), as an operating entity of the financial mechanism for the operation of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), on how it could enable activities undertaken as part of the national adaptation plan (NAP) process in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.3).

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US Provides Grant for ECPA Senior Fellows Program [viewed]

21 March 2012: The US State Department has awarded a grant to continue a program for experts to act as consultants and speakers on energy and climate change policy issues in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) on behalf of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).

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IEA Paper Reviews IEA Role in Sustainable Global Energy Management [viewed]

IEA22 March 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a document titled “Worldwide Engagement for Sustainable Energy Strategies,” detailing the IEA's role in the global energy industry over time.

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Workshop for the Caribbean on Capacity-building for Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to build capacity to: create national action plans for implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the programme of work on the themes of governance, climate change, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas, with a focus on marine protected areas (MPAs) where applicable.  

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GEF Funds Energy Reforms and Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development in Cape Verde [viewed]

GEF20 March 2012: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has approved a US$1.7 million grant to promote renewable energy systems in Cape Verde over the next 3 years.

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African Leaders Meet to Plan Actions for Sustainable Growth [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Fifth Joint Meeting of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development met to address a broad range of issues related to development under the theme "Unleashing Africa's Potential as a Pole of Global Growth."

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Event: IDB Regional Workshop on Climate Change and Public Finance [viewed]

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) through the Climate Change and Sustainability Division and the Knowledge and Learning Department is organizing a dialogue on the impact of climate change on public finance in Latin America. The event, which will take place in Spanish, aims to share knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices about the design and implementation of different instruments and mechanisms to confront the fiscal impact of climate change. Participants in this workshop include Ministers of Finance, Directors of Public Credit and officials in charge of budget planning, public investment, and climate change topics, as well as international experts.  

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Event: The Role of National Development Banks in Mobilizing International Climate Finance [viewed]

The workshop will help increase awareness from a broad range of national development banks, local financial institutions and other key stakeholders on the opportunities and challenges of international climate finance. Co-organizers include the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Latin American Association of Development Financing Institutions (ALIDE), the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), KfW Bankengruppe, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI), and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP). It will provide for a platform to discuss: opportunities and challenges for the implementation of the Green Climate Fund; the role of treasuries and development banks in the coordination and leverage of international climate finance; experiences with international climate funds and market mechanisms; and recommendations to international fora and processes such as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+ 20) and the Climate Change Conference in December 2012. This workshop is closed to the public and is by invitation only.  

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Event: GEF STAP Meeting [viewed]

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold its next meeting in conjunction with the Planet Under Pressure Conference. At its meeting, STAP will seek to address the following objectives, among other tasks: define new additions to its work programme, drawing conclusions in part from the Planet Under Pressure Conference; present and discuss preliminary findings from its review of the GEF targeted research policy; and prepare for the fifth overall performance study of the GEF.  

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UN-REDD to Support National Programmes in the Congo and Sri Lanka [viewed]

28 March 2012: The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board, at its eighth meeting, approved US$8 million to support the National Programmes of the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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