Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: First Meeting of the Transitional Committee for the Design of the Green Climate Fund [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has informed parties, observer States and observer organizations that the first meeting of the Transitional Committee for the design of the Green Climate Fund (decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 110) originally scheduled to be held on 14-15 March 2011, in Mexico City, Mexico has been postponed until the latter part of April 2011.  

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World Bank Supports Distance Learning Course on Climate Change Science and Policy [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank through its Global Development Learning Network is supporting the organization of a distance learning course on “Science and Policy of Climate Change” from 8 April-8 June 2011.

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World Bank, DANIDA Establish First Climate Innovation Center [viewed]

31 January 2011: The World Bank will establish the world's first Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Nairobi, Kenya, an initiative spearheaded by the Royal Danish Embassy (DANIDA) and the Bank's Information for Development Program (infoDev).

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UNICEF Launches 2011 State of the World's Children Report [viewed]

25 February 2011: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) released its annual flagship report, "The State of the World's Children 2011 – Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity," on 25 February at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Event: 22nd Session of the Steering Committee of the UNECE Energy Efficiency 21 Project [viewed]

This meeting will discuss financing energy efficiency and renewable energy investments for climate change mitigation. It will also address: development of the renewable energy sector in the Russian Federation and in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States; increasing energy efficiency for secure energy supplies; energy efficiency market formation in South-Eastern Europe; removing barriers to energy efficiency improvements in the state sector in Belarus; green procurement for smart purchasing; the Action Plan for Energy-efficient Housing in the UNECE Region; modern and sustainable heat and power from woody biomass in South-Eastern Europe; and Best Practice Guidance on Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines.  

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Event: 17th Meeting of the UNECE Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

This meeting will review recent developments of the project on Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments for Climate Change Mitigation. The meeting will also discuss: work-in-progress by the Investment Fund Designer project contractor; work-in-progress by the Development of a Website and Internet Communications Network of Energy Efficiency Managers in Eastern Europe project contractor; review of progress in implementation of grants by the National Participating Institutions; preparations for the second International Energy Efficiency Forum and Workshop on Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects; and the working group on investment project development standards.  

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Event: Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy [viewed]

This course is intended to provide decision makers and project developers with a comprehensive framework on renewable energy and energy efficiency financing projects. It aimes to provide broad theoretical and practical insights regarding the economics and dynamics of the most significant renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, biomass and others.  

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UN DESA Releases Journal Highlighting Work on Islands, Biofuels and Transport [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) has released the latest edition of its journal titled “Natural Resources Forum: A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal” (Volume 35, Issue 1), with articles on water governance, atoll livelihoods, Brazilian ethanol policy, sustainable transport and corruption in Africa, highway emissions projections for India, and opinions on the usefulness of the concept of a green economy.

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ESCAP Convenes Seminar on Green Growth Policy Tools in Thailand [viewed]

24 February 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), together with the Government of Thailand, convened a seminar on Green Growth Policy Tools for Low Carbon Development in Thailand, at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23-24 February 2011.

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ESMAP Publishes Portfolio Review for 2009-2011 [viewed]

February 2011: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has published the ESMAP Portfolio Review for 2009-2011, reviewing activities implemented under the five themes (or portfolios) of: energy assessment and strategy; energy access; energy efficiency; renewable energy ; and low carbon growth. 

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