Economics, Trade & Investment

UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on REDD+ Partnership Meeting [viewed]

19 July 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on REDD's (UN-REDD) July Newsletter reports on the third meeting and workshop of the REDD+ Partnership in 2012, which was held in Santa Marta, Columbia, from 1-2 July 2012.

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UNFCCC Outlines CDM Financing and Support Opportunities in Africa [viewed]

18 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a summary of key financing and support opportunities available to Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Africa, titled “CDM in Africa - Finance and Support.”

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CTI PFAN Launches Initiative to Mobilize Private Sector Adaptation Finance [viewed]

13 July 2012: The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) held an Africa Workshop for Adaptation Financing, which launched one of the first multilateral initiatives to engage private sector and commercial financing in adaptation activities.

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IDB Supports the Development of Carbon Projects in Mexico [viewed]

IDB12 July 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a US$ 800,000 project to support carbon market projects in Mexico.

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MERCOSUR Leaders Discuss Sustainable Development Post-Rio+20 [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Presidents of the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) Member States have issued a declaration addressing sustainable development, climate change, global mercury negotiations and mining. The leaders were meeting during a semi-annual summit, held on 29 June 2012, in Mendoza, Argentina. Immediately thereafter, a summit with the Associate States of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru adopted two additional declarations.

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IFC Report Examines Role of Private Sector Finance in Green Growth [viewed]

June 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group has released a new publication titled “MoneyMoves: How Private Sector Finance Can Work for a Sustainable Future,” examining the successes and challenges of private sector involvement in environmental sustainability initiatives.

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CPF Publishes Study on Forest Financing [viewed]

June 2012: The Advisory Group on Finance (AGF) of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has released a study on forest-related financing, as requested by Member States at the ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9) in 2011, expanding on and updating previous work by the AGF from 2008.

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Event: Second ITU Green Standards Week [viewed]

This event is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and TechAmerica Europe, and will be hosted by Microsoft. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. The week will include: a Forum on Greener Smarter Better Cities to be organized by ITU and the European Commission; a Forum on Boosting Smart Grids through Energy Efficient ICT to be organized by ITU; a Forum on Mapping E-Waste to Address Future Challenges to be jointly organized by ITU, the UN University (UNU) and CEDARE; a Forum on Greening the ICT Supply Chain to be jointly organized by ITU, UNU and CEDARE; a High Level Segment on Greening the Economy through ICT Standards to be jointly organized by ITU, TechAmerica Europe and Microsoft; a Forum on Environmental Sustainability for the ICT Sector to be jointly organized by ITU and ETNO; an Information and Training Session on ITU Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT to be organized by ITU and GeSI; and a session on Submarine Communications Networks For Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning to be organized by ITU, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  

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Event: Clean Energy Financing Forum for Central America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The Clean Energy Financing Forum for Central America and the Caribbean (CEFF-CAC) is sponsored by the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI), a multilateral initiative operating as an implementing agreement under the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the CTI's Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer (ICETT). CCEF-CAC will seek to bring together screened clean technology proposals from the region that offer environmental and social benefits with potential investors.  

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Event: IV International ECLAC Carbon Footprint Seminar [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and French Cooperation will co-host the fourth in a series of annual seminars on the potential implications of carbon footprint initiatives for Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) trade. This year's session will focus on "Environmental footprint and Latin American food exports: International regulations and business practice." The seminar will look at the state of carbon footprint labeling standards internationally, including ISO 14.067, France's Grenelle 2 and standards work underway in the EU, discuss the state of methodologies for calculating the carbon footprint of products, and look at the application of environmental standards on imports by US and European retail chains and cases of adoption of such standards by exporters in Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica.  

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