Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Sixth Africa Carbon Forum [viewed]

The Africa Carbon Forum (ACF) will take place from 2-4 July 2014, in Windhoek, Namibia. The Forum will: inform attendees of developments in carbon markets; provide a venue for connecting carbon project developers and investors; showcase lessons from completed Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Africa; feature presentations on public and private sector strategies for promoting CDM benefits in Africa; and encourage networking and discussions among technical experts, project developers and carbon buyers. The Forum is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Riso Centre, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the World Bank, and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will meet in Bonn, Germany, from 16-18 June 2014. During the meeting the SCF will be invited to consider: a working draft of the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows (BA); the draft technical paper on the fifth review of the financial mechanism; approaches to financing for forests; draft guidance to the operating entities of the financial mechanism; and its work plan for MRV of support beyond the BA. The SCF will also be invited to recommend next steps for linkages work with the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the thematic bodies of the Convention.  

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CIFOR's Forest Asia Conference Discusses Landscape Approach to Forestry [viewed]

forest-asia-summit-20146 May 2014: Participants at the Forests Asia Summit 2014 committed to promote a landscape approach in forestry management, research and education. Summit participants also supported strategies to promote green growth policies, strengthen law enforcement in relation to land tenure, land use and trade, develop a low-carbon economy and reaffirm the potential for REDD+.

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US Releases Third National Climate Assessment [viewed]

USA Flag6 May 2014: The US Global Change and Research Program (USGCRP) released the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which, to date, is the most “comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on US climate change impacts ever generated.” The report, a key deliverable of US President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat but is currently occuring and has immediate impacts, and that most of the warming over the past 50 years is due to human activities.

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Adaptation Fund Launches Climate Finance Readiness Programme [viewed]

Adaptationfund1 May 2014: During a Seminar on Readiness for Climate Finance, the Adaptation Fund launched a two-year initiative to strengthen the capacity of national and regional entities to receive and manage climate finance.

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World Bank Issues Draft Statement Carbon Pricing [viewed]

World Bank5 May 2014: The World Bank is calling on countries and companies to back a proposed statement on carbon pricing that is expected to be launched at the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit on 23 September 2014.

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Event: Understanding the FCPF Carbon Fund's Methodological Framework [viewed]

The World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Carbon Fund will host a webinar on its Methodological Framework, which was approved in December 2013 by Carbon Fund Participants as guidance for the development of large-scale REDD+ projects. The webinar, held under the theme 'REDD+ Forestry and Climate Learning' will be the first in a series of sessions on a variety of aspects related to REDD+ and the FCPF. Following a presentation, participants are invited to ask questions and engage in a discussion on topics related to the Framework.  

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Event: 18th Meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate [viewed]

The 18th meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will take place in Mexico City, Mexico. Among the attendees at this event will be the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The 17 major economies participating in the MEF are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the UK, and the US.  

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Leaders Plan for Climate Action at Abu Dhabi Ascent [viewed]

united-nations-uae5 May 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) convened the 'Abu Dhabi Ascent,' a special meeting dedicated to preparing world leaders for the 2014 Climate Summit being hosted by the Secretary-General on 23 September. The 'Abu Dhabi Ascent' is the first international conference to draw on the results of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.

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CIFOR Annual Report Celebrates 20 Years [viewed]

CIFOR5 May 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released its 2013 Annual Report, which celebrates its 20th anniversary and highlights a shift in focus towards a landscape approach.

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