Economics, Trade & Investment

World Energy Outlook 2012 Calls for Increased Subsidies to Halve Energy Demand Through Efficiency [viewed]

IEA12 November 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released the 2012 edition of the World Energy Outlook (WEO). The report calls for continued subsidies to support the increased deployment of renewable energy sources. It also urges coordinated policy efforts in support of energy efficiency measures, to reduce global energy demand and limit global temperature increases to two degrees Celsius.

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IEA BEEP Database Receives Energy Efficiency Innovator Award [viewed]

IEA12 November 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced that its Building Energy Efficiency Policies (BEEP) database was awarded the 2012 Energy Efficiency Innovator Award as the best international energy efficiency project.

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ITTC Approves New Strategic Plan for ITTO, US$9 Million in Funding [viewed]

10 November 2012: The International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) convened its 48th session from 5-10 November 2012, in Yokohama, Japan. The Council announced funding of US$9 million for sustainable forest management and to support trade of sustainably harvested tropical forest resources.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Domestic Action by Annex I Parties [viewed]

UNFCCC9 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report on the implementation of domestic action by Parties included in Annex I to the Convention that are also Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, based on the information reported in their national communications (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.9). The report is based on information contained in national communications from Parties and other sources for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice at its 37th session (SBSTA 37).

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UNFCCC Publishes Annual Report of ITL Administrator [viewed]

UNFCCC8 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing the Annual Report of the Administrator of the International Transaction Log (ITL) under the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/KP/CMP/2012/8), which outlines the activities of the ITL administrator from November 2011 to October 2012.

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UNEP Frankfurt School Convenes Sustainable Energy Finance Academy [viewed]

November 2012: The Frankfurt School - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy convened the Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy in Nairobi, Kenya, from 21-26 October 2012. This year's Academy focused on sustainable energy finance in Africa.

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ESCAP Publishes Asia-Pacific Statistical Yearbook [viewed]

6 November 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published its “Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2012.”  The Yearbook features country profiles with selected statistical indicators, tables and charts for the 58 regional and associate members of ESCAP. It highlights Asia-Pacific gains in economic growth, poverty reduction and child survival while also noting wide development gaps, particularly in gender equality and health care.

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World Bank Approves Credit to Support Climate Change Response in Viet Nam [viewed]

World Bank8 November 2012: The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a US$70 million credit from the International Development Association to support the Vietnam Climate Change Development Policy Operation. The policy operation supports institutional development in Viet Nam for resilience, sustainable development, and climate change response.

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CIF 2012 Partnership Forum Focuses on Implementation, Knowledge Building and Lesson Sharing [viewed]

7 November 2012: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2012 Partnership Forum convened on 6-7 November 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey, and was co-hosted by the CIF and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). As all CIF programmes are now moving into implementation at the country level, the 2012 Partnership Forum aimed to emphasize on-the-ground implementation, knowledge building and lesson sharing.

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UNEP Executive Director Updates CPR on Climate Change Activities [viewed]

UNEP26 September 2012: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner reported to the 120th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on UNEP activities related to climate change, among other activities.

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