Economics, Trade & Investment

OWG Co-Chairs Issue Working Document with 16 Focus Areas, 140 Targets [viewed]

owg17 April 2014: The Co-chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued a revised working document in preparation for the OWG's 11th session. The new document represents the latest revision to the set of "focus areas" under consideration in the OWG. It includes 16 focus areas and 140 targets.

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Carbon Fund Approves REDD+ Proposals from DRC, Ghana, Mexico and Nepal [viewed]

Forest Carbon17 April 2014: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ghana, Mexico and Nepal will each receive $50-$70 million to demonstrate how Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) can work on the ground.

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UNEP Highlights Green Economy Shift Benefits in Kenya [viewed]

green-economy15 April 2014: Kenya's transition to a green economy could result in higher natural resource productivity, a cleaner environment, increased food security and an estimated US$45 billion in economic benefits by 2030, according to a study launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Kenya.

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IEA Reviews Austria's Energy Policy [viewed]

IEA9 April 2014: A review by the International Energy Agency (IEA) gives Austria high marks for its integrated approach to security of energy supply, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The report, titled 'Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Austria 2014 Review,' analyzes the energy policy challenges facing the country and offers recommendations for further policy improvement.

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Event: UNGA Dialogue 4 on Technology Transfer Mechanism [viewed]

Through General Assembly Resolution 68/210, Member States decided to hold four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The fourth dialogue will be held on 23 July 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The theme for the dialogue will be 'Possible arrangements to enhance technology facilitation'.  

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Thirty Donor Countries Pledge US$4.43 Billion for GEF-6 [viewed]

GEF16 April 2014: The negotiations on the sixth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF-6) concluded with pledges totaling US$4.43 billion over four years.

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UNEP, UNDP Support NAPs Development in African LDCs [viewed]

nap-gsp17 April 2014: The National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) convened a four-day, high-level training and knowledge exchange on developing and implementing NAPs. Environment, finance and planning ministers from English-speaking Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa attended the workshop.

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LEDS, World Bank Workshops Highlight African Green Growth Opportunities [viewed]

World BankLEDS15 April 2014: Two regional workshops in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), addressed the relationship between green growth and natural resources management, including best practices on low emissions development strategies (LEDS).

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IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings Emphasize Climate Change, Sustainable Development [viewed]

worldbank_imf13 April 2014: The Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) brought together officials, academics, practitioners, and journalists from around the world for a series of meetings and events, many of which held climate change and sustainable development in special focus.

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UK, US, Germany Launch Climate Finance Innovation Lab [viewed]

uk-germa-us-flags11 April 2014: The UK, the US and Germany have announced a new initiative aimed at scaling up finance for climate change mitigation activities, especially from the private sector. Launched in partnership with the Governments of Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Norway, the initiative, dubbed the 'Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance,' will seek out private sector input on innovative tools for raising finance to combat climate change.

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