Economics, Trade & Investment

UNEP Report Calls for Transition to Green Economy in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

15 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), IGES (Japan) and Chinese Academy of Sciences, has released a report titled “Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook for Asia and the Pacific,” which calls for a new “green” industrial revolution through improvements in resource efficiency.

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UNITAR Workshop Strengthens Thailand's Green Diplomacy Capacity [viewed]

9 September 2011: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand organized a workshop on multilateral and green diplomacy aimed to strengthen Thai Government's capacity to engage in climate change negotiations in the lead-up to the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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WFP-Led Public-Private Partnership Expands Rural Resilience Initiative to Senegal [viewed]

19 September 2011: The World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam America have committed to expanding their R4 Rural Resilience initiative, with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swiss RE, from Ethiopia to Senegal over the next five years.

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World Bank, GEF Fund Kiribati's Adaptation Programme [viewed]

15 September 2011: The World Bank has approved the third phase of the Kiribati Adaptation Program (KAP III), a project that will invest US$10.8 million to improve the resilience of Kiribati to the impacts of climate change on freshwater supply and coastal infrastructure.

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IICA, SEGIB and LATN to Cooperate on Food Security, Climate Change and Trade [viewed]

14 September 2011: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Iberoamerican General Secretariat (SEGIB) and the Latin American Trade Network (LATN) have agreed to cooperate to analyze the relationship among food security, climate change impacts and trade in the countries of Central America and the Andean Region.

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UNEP, Mexico to Cooperate on Green Economy and Low-carbon Development [viewed]

12 September 2011: Mexico's Environment Minister, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, and the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, have signed a cooperation agreement on green economy and sustainable low-carbon development. The agreement was signed against the backdrop of the Ministerial Meeting on Short Lived Climate Forcers hosted by Mexico.

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IFC's Post-2012 Carbon Facility Shows Private Sector Interest in Carbon Markets [viewed]

September 2011: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, reached full subscription of over US$200 million for its Post-2012 Carbon Facility, helping secure what is expected to be at least US$2 billion in low carbon growth across the developing world despite uncertain carbon market conditions.

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Event: Carbon Benefits Project Workshop [viewed]

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) along with the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are organizing this workshop to showcase a set of methodologies and tools to measure, monitor and model carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas emissions in a standardized way.  

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US Launches Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge [viewed]

15 September 2011: As part of its engagement with emerging African partners in addressing the challenge of climate change, the US Department of State has announced the intention to sponsor “Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge,” a public diplomacy program comprised of three African regional competitions to address local climate change challenges through the use of mobile technology.

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EU Member States Endorse Procurement Agreements for ETS Phase 3 Allowance Auctions [viewed]

14 September 2011: EU Member States ave endorsed two draft agreements on the practical modalities for procuring the common auction platform and single auction monitor for phase 3 of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

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