Economics, Trade & Investment

UNCCD News Focuses on Food Security and a Brown Revolution [viewed]

September 2011: The lastest issue of "UNCCD News," a newsletter published by the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), focuses on food security and efforts that have been undertaken to mitigate the effects of food crisis through sustainable land management.

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European Commission Evaluates 2002-2012 Environment Action Programme [viewed]

31 August 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its final assessment of the implementation of the sixth Environment Action Programme (EAP) of the EU over the past decade, highlighting progress, shortcomings and lessons learned in relation to biodiversity, climate change and the green economy.

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UNDP Human Development Report for Bhutan Highlights Climate Change Threats [viewed]

UNDP1 September 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the third National Human Development Report for Bhutan, titled “Sustaining Progress: Rising to the Climate Challenge.” The report notes that climate change is threatening the economic and human development gains that contribute to Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (GNH) and that building resilience is crucial to safeguard the livelihoods of about a quarter of the Bhutanese population who depend on subsistence farming and natural resources.

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CCCCC News Update Includes Stories about Prospects for Durban Climate Change Conference, Marine Ecosystem Project [viewed]

CCCCC30 August 2011: The 14th issue of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) News Update features articles about the forthcoming climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, deforestation in Brazil, and a World Bank/Global Environment Facility (GEF) investment to protect marine ecosystems in the eastern Caribbean.

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World Bank Institute Hosts Video Conference on Urban Efforts to Mitigate Emissions [viewed]

World Bank16 August 2011: The World Bank Institute (WBI) hosted a video conference and live chat on how major cities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, discussing topics including urban mobility, integrated waste management, and technological applications for energy demand management.

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Event: Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Challenge for Global Ports [viewed]

Organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), this meeting will provide a platform for expert discussions on how best to improve the understanding of climate change impacts on ports and develop effective and appropriate adaptation response measures. It will bring together policy makers and planning authorities, port industry representatives and operators, port users, relevant international organizations, as well as scientists and engineers, to share their insights and discuss relevant issues with a view to identifying: vulnerabilities and risks; associated adaptation requirements; existing best practices, information and data sources; issues requiring further study, including data requirements; and partners and mechanisms for effective collaboration.  

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Event: Sixth Latin American Carbon Forum [viewed]

The Sixth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACF) will discuss the future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and prospects for carbon projects in Latin America. The Forum is co-organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications of Costa Rica, the World Bank Institute (WBI), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  

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UNEP Issues Policy Brief on the Role of Forests in a Green Economy [viewed]

23 August 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the fifth issue in its Policy Series on Ecosystem Management, titled "Sustaining Forests: Investing in Our Common Future," which addresses forest issues in relation to the green economy and climate change.

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Event: Trade, Investment and Climate Change: Searching for Progress on Key Issues [viewed]

This conference, which is convened by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), will examine how unilateral action on climate change fits into the international trade and investment law regime. In particular, it will address the validity of green industrial policies and preventative measures for competitiveness loss and leakage, and explore the role of the trade community in securing international cooperation and solutions.  

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Event: FAO-OECD Expert Meeting on Greening the Economy with Agriculture [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is collaborating with partners in analyzing existing information and developing possible scenarios for Greening the Economy with Agriculture (GEA), including an evaluation of sustainability progress and gaps in the food supply chain to projection of food supply and demand towards 2050, and the joint FAO/Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meeting will focus on addressing these scenarios. The meeting will be hosted by OECD at its headquarters and FAO will support the participation to this meeting of selected experts and chiefly, those from seven developing countries. Attendance at the Expert Meeting is by invitation only. Agenda items include: low footprint and productive food and agriculture systems; decent rural livelihoods, green jobs and land tenure; resilience to shocks of low-carbon food systems; quality and health of green food; and policy coherence for GEA.  

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