Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Africa Day at UNFCCC COP 17 [viewed]

Africa Day at UNFCCC COP 17 will seek to raise the profile of African climate change and development issues and demonstrate African ownership of the African agenda on climate change and development. It will focus on the theme "Development First," with sessions addressing "Development first in the context of climate change" and "Climate change economics and finance for Africa."  

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Event: Fourth Expert Group Meeting on the Potential Economic Impact of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean will host a two-day meeting of around 30 experts on economic modeling to examine the methodological issues in modelling the macroeconomic impacts of climate change in the Caribbean. Participants will be apprised of the initiatives on econometric modeling that have already been employed in the Caribbean and assess their limitations and strengths.  

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Event: Durban Global Business Day [viewed]

This event is organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in partnership with the National Business Initiative (NBI). It is the fifth global business day in the context of the UNFCCC negotiations, and is being organized under the theme “Keep moving - Climate, business and growth for all.” Participants will engage in panel discussions on: why a Durban deal is relevant for business; climate finance; climate adaptation; and why solutions to climate need to be driven by business. The afternoon discussions will focus on the challenges for South Africa in responding to climate change.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Adaptation Fund Board Report and Review of Interim Arrangements [viewed]

22 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the Adaptation Fund Board (FCCC/KP/CMP/2011/6), together with an addendum containing the Review of the Interim Arrangements of the Adaptation Fund (FCCC/KP/CMP/2011/6/Add.1).

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UN-REDD Publishes Brief on REDD+ and a Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP Policy Brief29 November 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has launched a policy brief titled "REDD+ and a Green Economy: Opportunities for a mutually supportive relationship," which explores the concepts of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) as a source of investment for green development.

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UNEP Issues Brief on Ecosystem Management and the Green Economy [viewed]

Restoring the Natural Foundation to Sustain a Green Economy28 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the sixth issue in its Policy Series on Ecosystem Management, titled "Restoring the natural foundation to sustain a Green Economy: A century-long journey for Ecosystem Management,” which focuses on key actions for the transition period of the next 20 years, after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNSCD, or Rio+20).

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Guest Article #70: How Developing Countries Can Speed Up Climate Finance [viewed]

Climate change is one of today's most pressing threats to achieving sustainable development goals around the world. Countries must transform their economies and angle their growth with policies and actions across multiple sectors that lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce vulnerability to climate shocks and cut poverty.

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UNDP-EU Partnership Focus on Low Emission Capacity Building [viewed]

UNDPNovember 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the European Commission (EU) and the Government of Germany (BMU), is implementing the EU-UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme in 14 countries. The initiative aims to strengthen technical and institutional capacities at the country level and facilitate the integration of public and private sector activities to address climate change.

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Durban Climate Change Conference Expected to Operationalize Cancun Initiatives [viewed]

Durban Climate Change Conference - November 201128 November 2011: The UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, opened on 28 November 2011, and will continue until 9 December. The event includes the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the seventh Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7).

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OECD Paper Recommends Reforms for Mexico's Energy Subsidies [viewed]

OECD at 5014 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled “Fiscal Reform for a Stronger Fairer and Cleaner Mexican Economy,” which claims that Mexico's current energy subsidy structure favors higher-income energy users and hinders the transition to low-carbon sources of energy.

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