Economics, Trade & Investment

April 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-ifad-afdb-eu30 April 2014: During the month of April, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank, and the European Commission announced funding for several climate-related projects or initiatives. In addition, AfDB released its 2013 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Annual Report.

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UNFCCC Outlines Cooperative Activities Contributing to its Work [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a summary of cooperative activities with UN entities, other convention secretariats and intergovernmental organizations that enhance and contribute to work under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.8).

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IEA Energy Journal Calls for Electricity System Integration [viewed]

IEA30 April 2014: The latest edition of the International Energy Agency (IEA) journal, titled 'IEA Energy,' focuses on the transformation of electricity systems. The journal highlights electricity system integration, with stories on a range of topics, including energy storage systems for bridging demand and supply, two-way charging of electric vehicles for the creation of dynamic vehicle-to-grid power systems, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and the variability of wind and solar energy sources.

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EC Promotes Resilience of Disaster-Prone Communities [viewed]

European Union29 April 2014: The first EU Resilience Forum assessed progress made on resilience, exchanged best practices and lessons learned, and laid the foundation for further reducing vulnerabilities in risk-prone environments. Specifically, the event aimed to: serve as a catalyst for efforts to support people in areas facing repeated disasters or conflicts; prepare for, withstand and recover from stresses and shocks; and address root causes of disasters and conflicts, rather than only dealing with their consequences.

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CBA8 Adopts Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation [viewed]

cba830 April 2014: The 8th Annual Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA8) brought together over 400 stakeholders and practitioners in community-based adaptation (CBA) for field trips, plenaries and meetings, focusing on financing CBA, sharing best practices and integrating lessons learned into development planning. The conference concluded with the adoption of a declaration that calls for a focused and human rights-based approach to financing local adaptation to climate change.

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IISD-GSI, UNEP, IMF, GIZ Workshop Promotes Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform [viewed]

gsi-giz-unep-fum29 April 2014: The Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) co-hosted a workshop on 'Reforming Fossil-Fuel Subsidies for an Inclusive Green Economy'.

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Evaluate Development Finance Reporting [viewed]

OECD21 March 2014: A meeting convened by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) and the Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) discussed trends in the reporting of development and climate finance flows, including the use of the Rio markers for reporting under the Rio Conventions.

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Global Equity Index Excludes Fossil Fuel Extraction Companies [viewed]

NRDC29 April 2014: The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), BlackRock and global index provider FTSE partnered to launch the first global equity index series that will exclude companies linked to the exploration, ownership or extraction of fossil fuel reserves. 

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ECLAC Launches Third Edition of Disaster Assessment Handbook [viewed]

ECLAC24 April 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched the third edition of its 'Handbook on Disaster Assessment,' updating the methodology developed by ECLAC and now used worldwide to assess the social, economic and environmental impacts of disasters, including natural ones. 

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Global Oceans Action Summit Charts a Path for Ocean Health, Blue Growth [viewed]

global-oceans-action25 April 2014: Urgent, coordinated action is needed to restore productive, resilient oceans, ensure food security and support human livelihoods, according to participants at the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. The Summit also called for oceans to be embedded in the post-2015 development agenda, preferably in a stand-alone sustainable development goal (SDG) on oceans.

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