Economics, Trade & Investment

New UNECE Executive Secretary Appointed [viewed]

9 March 2012: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Sven Alkalaj (Bosnia and Herzegovina) as Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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World Bank Supports Sustainable Development in Colombia [viewed]

World Bank8 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$10 million loan to support air quality regulation enforcement and the promotion of sustainable water resource management in Colombia.

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IDB Supports Fiscal Reform for Climate Change Adaptation in El Salvador [viewed]

IDB7 March 2012: A new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) project in El Salvador will support fiscal and regulatory reform, as well as physical infrastructure upgrades for climate change adaptation, and improve the country's resilience to disasters.

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GEF Releases Documentary on Composting Toilets Project in Tuvalu [viewed]

GEF5 March 2012: A documentary video by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) showcases the experience with composting toilets as a solution to freshwater scarcity in Tuvalu.

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Event: Eighth African Development Forum [viewed]

The eighth African Development Forum (ADF) is being held under the theme "Governing and Harnessing Natural Resources for Africa's Development". The ADF will provide a forum for the presentation of the latest research results, opinions and developments within the following six areas: knowledge base, human and institutional capacities; policy, legal and regulatory issues; economic issues; governance, human rights and social issues; participation and ownership of natural resources; and environmental, material stewardship and climate change. The ADF is an biennial event of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). It was created in 1999 and is a multi-stakeholder platform for debating, discussing and initiating concrete strategies for Africa's development. It is convened in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and other partners.  

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4th World Water Development Report Launched [viewed]

UNESCO12 March 2012: The 4th World Water Development Report (WWDR-4) was launched during the 6th World Water Forum. The report highlights the need to recognize water as a critical resource and underlines the global dimensions of its management, including climate change as a “central external driver” affecting water and demands for water use.

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EU Council Adopts Conclusions on Rio+20 and Durban Climate Conference [viewed]

9 March 2012: The first Environment Council under the Danish Presidency concluded with the adoption of conclusions on follow-up to the Durban Climate Change Conference, and on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). Other items debated included "A Roadmap to a low-carbon economy in 2050" and the Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE).

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IDB and Alberta Undertake Joint Sustainable Energy Initiatives in Latin America [viewed]

IDB7 March 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government of Alberta, Canada, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish initiatives and programs supporting sustainable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean in an effort to harness the benefits of international cooperation to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Outlines Implications of Durban [viewed]

9 March 2012: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, delivered a lecture on the theme "Implications of the Durban outcome for enhancing action on climate change on the ground towards a more sustainable future," at an event organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London, UK.

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World Bank Macedonian Programme Announces Winners of Green Growth Essay Competition [viewed]

World Bank8 March 2012: The Macedonian Green Growth and Climate Change Analytic and Advisory Program of the World Bank has announced the winners of an essay competition on the integration of sustainability and green growth considerations into the economic growth and competitiveness agenda of Macedonia.

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