Economics, Trade & Investment

Conferences in India Hear Calls for Smart Cities [viewed]

re_invest-dsds201517 February 2015: Two international conferences held in February in India have heard calls from UN officials to focus on smart cities as a win-win-solution to sustainable development and climate change.

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Norden, IISD Highlight Mitigation Potential of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform [viewed]

logos_nordic_iisd_gsi10 February 2015: Low oil prices offer an opportunity for countries to remove consumer fossil-fuel subsidies, argues a report by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). GSI has also launched a free model for estimating the impact of fossil-fuel subsidy reform (FFSR) on countries' greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.

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Event: 34th International Energy Workshop [viewed]

The 2015 International Energy Workshop (IEW) will take place from 3-5 June in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the workshop will focus on, inter alia: climate change mitigation and adaptation; the economics of renewable energy sources; linkages between climate, air pollution and energy security; energy and economic growth in emerging economies; and energy poverty alleviation. The workshop is aimed at researchers and practitioners in developed and developing countries, and will comprise thematic sessions, during which papers presenting results of scientific or pratical experiences on the economics of energy and climate change will be discussed.  

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Report Highlights Actions to Limit Disaster Risk in ACP Countries [viewed]

logo-acpc-small12 February 2015: The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has published a study that provides a comprehensive view of the risks faced across its member countries and efforts to reduce them. The ‘ACP Compendium of Risk Knowledge,' reveals that disaster risk in ACP countries is higher than in other regions, with 12 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa and one from the Caribbean among the 20 most-at-risk in the world.

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Fatih Birol Named Next IEA Executive Director [viewed]

IEA12 February 2015: Fatih Birol has been appointed the next Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) and will begin his term on 1 September 2015. Birol joined the IEA in 1995 and currently holds the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics.

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UNCTAD Event Discusses Linkages among Trade, SDGs, Climate [viewed]

UNCTAD10 February 2015: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) hosted an informal briefing on its role in three negotiation processes taking place in 2015. The briefing, ‘Climate Change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Trade: At the crossroads of sustainable development,' focused on commonalities and differences between these issue areas as well as on trade and implementation.

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Business Coalition Calls for Net-Zero Emissions Well Before 2100 [viewed]

business_coalition9 February 2015: We Mean Business, a coalition of organizations working with businesses and investors to accelerate the global transition to a low-carbon economy, issued a call to the Geneva Climate Change Conference. Describing bold climate action as an historic economic opportunity, the coalition calls on governments to include in the negotiating text of the 2015 agreement a commitment to net-zero emissions by the end of the century.

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Efficient Lighting Workshop Identifies Policy Options for ASEAN [viewed]

lites_asia_unep6 February 2015: A regional lites.asia workshop on lighting policy, convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), considered opportunities for ensuring adequate market surveillance and harmonized policy for efficient lighting in Asia and the Pacific. More than 70 stakeholder representatives participated in the meeting, which identified policy options for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the broader region.

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Climate Agreement, Post-2015 Development Need Each Other, Say Experts and Officials [viewed]

unsdsn10 February 2015: Experts and high-level officials discussed specific ways to build mutually reinforcing processes on climate change and the post-2015 development agenda, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's high-level debate on means of implementation.

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G20 Finance Ministers Express Support for FfD, Tackling Tax Avoidance [viewed]

g20-turkey10 February 2015: Group of 20 (G20) finance ministers and central bank governors released a Communiqué from their first meeting under Turkey's presidency. The Communiqué expresses their full support to the G20-Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project (BEPS), which aims to modernize international tax rules and tackle cross-border tax avoidance, and to the achievement of a successful outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) “towards the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.”

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