Economics, Trade & Investment

UNEP's Our Planet Magazine Releases Special Issue on Greening Business [viewed]

UNEPApril 2014: The magazine of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ‘Our Planet,' has dedicated an issue to the theme of greening business. The magazine features stories by leaders from local and national governments, companies, and international organizations on a wide range of topics, including green growth, energy access, low-carbon development, and the conservation of water, forests and biodiversity.

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Event: Tehran Workshop on Harnessing Climate Change Financing for Forests in Central Asia [viewed]

The workshop, the first of three sub-regional workshops to be held as part of the Climate Change Financing for Forests Project under the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), will facilitate an exchange of views and experiences on climate change finance for forest management. Outcomes from the workshop will include suggestions on ways to enhance the links between climate change and forest finance. Hosted by the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), the workshop will bring together representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.  

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WAVES Developing Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting [viewed]

waves23 April 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Policy and Technical Experts Committee (PTEC) is developing a guidance document to help countries value coastal ecosystems. ‘Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting: Incorporating the Protective Service Values of Coral Reef and Mangroves in National Wealth Accounts,' a PTEC Project Brief, outlines the scope and process of developing such a guidance document.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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UNFCCC Publishes ADP Reflections and Scenario Notes [viewed]

UNFCCC17 April 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two documents related to the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The first provides reflections on progress made at the fourth part of the ADP's second session, and the second is a scenario note on the fifth part of the ADP's second session.

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UN Global Compact Publishes 10 Briefs on SDGs, Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Globalcompact10 April 2014: The UN Global Compact has launched a series of issue briefs on the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The briefs address the following priority issues: climate and energy; education; food and agriculture; governance and human rights; health; infrastructure and technology; peace and stability; poverty; water and sanitation; and women's empowerment. 

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will be held in Songdo, Republic of Korea, from 18-21 May 2014. The preparatory meetings of the Board and informal consultations among registered observers will take place on 17 May 2014. The GCF is an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC.  

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Event: NAP-GSP Africa Regional Training Workshop (Francophone) [viewed]

The National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) will convene a four-day, high-level training and knowledge exchange on developing and implementing NAPs. Environment, finance and planning ministers from French-speaking Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa will attend the workshop. The workshop objectives include: improving understanding of the NAP process; clarifying entry points for a NAP process, taking into account the local political economy; identifying the technical, financial and institutional needs for integrating the NAP process into the country's planning and budgeting process; learning what other countries have done/are doing to advance their NAPs; increasing awareness of methods and tools for developing a strategy to advance NAPs in the ministers' respective countries; and exchanging information on the potential financing mechanisms for NAPs. NAP-GSP is a project of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

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Central American Countries to Join Risk Insurance Facility [viewed]

CCRIF21 April 2014: Finance ministers from Central American and Caribbean countries gathered during the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings to discuss how the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) might be expanded to include Central American countries. Honduras and Nicaragua were the first Central American countries to announce they will become CCRIF members.

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Event Focuses on Latin American Leadership Ahead of COP 20 [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary16 April 2014: An event titled ‘Governing Climate Change: New Ideas and Latin American Leadership as Peru Prepares to Host the 2014 UN Climate Negotiations' and hosted by Brown University in Providence, US, was chaired by former Chilean President Richard Lagos, who also previously served as UN Special Envoy for Climate Change.

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