Economics, Trade & Investment

Doha Global Business Day Focuses on Diversifying Actions for Climate Impact [viewed]

3 December 2012: Doha Global Business Day took place in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012, on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC. The event focused on the theme “Diversifying Actions for Climate Impact,” and was organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

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IEA Stresses Inadequacy of Current Energy Policies [viewed]

IEA3 December 2012: International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven has issued a statement to the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in which she stresses the need to rapidly transition to a more secure, sustainable global energy system, cautioning that policies announced to date may lead to climate change of a great enough magnitude to negatively affect the world's energy infrastructure, supply and demand.

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COP 18 Side Event Discusses FiTs in Africa and Middle East [viewed]

30 November 2012: The World Future Council (WFC), the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF), and Friends of the Earth jointly held a side event during the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar, to discuss renewable energy feed-in tariffs (FiTs) in Africa and the Middle East.

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UNDP Paper Discusses Experiences of National Climate Funds in Asia-Pacific Countries [viewed]

UNDP29 November 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Energy and Environment Division has released a discussion paper, titled “National Climate Funds: Learning from the experience of Asia-Pacific countries,” which includes country examples and recommendations.

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CSEF III Recommends CARICOM Coordination of Members' Energy Policies [viewed]

18 September 2012: The Third Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF III) recommended greater coordination among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member States in policies regarding energy integration, energy efficiency and the promotion of renewable energy sources.

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World Bank Releases Study on Climate Investment in South Asia [viewed]

World Bank1 December 2012: The World Bank has released a report that aims to facilitate the development of a policy framework for promoting climate-friendly investment in South Asia. A major output of the study is the piloting of the Climate Investment Readiness Index, a tool for evaluating the enabling environment for private sector investment in different countries.

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GCC Organizes Side Event on Energy Efficiency in the Gulf Region [viewed]

30 November 2012: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) organized a side event at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), on 30 November 2012 in Doha, Qatar, to discuss promoting energy efficiency solutions in the GCC region.

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EIB Supports Water Sector Investments in Cantabria, Spain [viewed]

28 November 2012: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a €50 million loan to support investments in water and sanitation facilities in the Spanish region of Cantabria. The loan will help finance a project aimed at increasing water supply and wastewater management in coastal areas through the construction of new treatment plants and other sewage infrastructure.

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UNDP, World Bank Launch Climate Finance Options Web Platform [viewed]

28 November 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank have released a new version of their web platform on climate finance information. The Climate Finance Options (CFO) website features sections on funding sources, a knowledge center and on the ground activities, each of which aims to facilitate decision making.

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Event: Fourteenth Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14) [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in conjunction with its twenty-seventh session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC27/GMEF) to be held from 18-22 February 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The objective of the Forum is to facilitate preparations of major groups and stakeholders towards the GC27/GMEF, which will hold ministerial-level consultations on emerging policy issues under the following themes: Implementing Rio+20: A strengthened environmental pillar of sustainable development; and Implementing a green economy as an important tool for achieving sustainable development.  

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