Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: IPBES-2 [viewed]

The second meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will address, inter alia: the initial work programme of the Platform; financial and budgetary arrangements for the Platform; and rules and procedures for the operations of the Platform, including for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel. The meeting is scheduled for 9-14 December 2013, in Antalya, Turkey.  

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UNDP Launches 2013 Human Development Report on “Rise of the South” [viewed]

UNDP14 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the 2013 Human Development Report (HDR), titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World.”

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UNDP Official Highlights Links between Disaster and Development [viewed]

UNDP13 March 2013: In the latest “Our Perspective” publication from UN Development Programme (UNDP), Jo Scheuer, Coordinator of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Recovery, UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), has emphasized linkages between development and disasters, and recommending disaster be addressed in the post-2015 agenda.

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WIPO Conference Discusses Intellectual Property Policies in Africa [viewed]

13 March 2013: African Ministers for science and technology from approximately 20 countries, along with researchers and entrepreneurs, attended the "African Conference on the Strategic Importance of Intellectual Property Policies to Foster Innovation, Value Creation and Competitiveness" to discuss how developing countries can boost their national innovation strategies and address key global challenges such as health, food security and climate change.

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Partnership for Market Readiness Highlights Bottom-up Emission Trading Schemes [viewed]

Partnership for Market Readiness13 March 2013: Government officials from over 30 countries have gathered for the Fifth Partnership Assembly Meeting (PA5) of the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) to exchange ideas, experiences and plans on domestic emission trading, carbon taxes, and other market-based mechanisms for mitigating climate change.

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OECD-Italy EPR Highlights Progress toward Greening Growth [viewed]

OECDMarch 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published the third review of Italy's environmental performance, including progress towards a green low-carbon economy and international commitments. The Environmental Performance Review (EPR) presents 29 recommendations on how performance could be improved.

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SPREP Analyzes Ecosystem-based Adaptation Options in Fiji [viewed]

SPREPMarch 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released a report titled “An economic analysis of ecosystem-based adaptation and engineering options for climate change adaptation in Lami Town, Fiji.” Building on a vulnerability and adaptation assessment of Lami Town, the report presents a cost-benefit analysis of four adaptation scenarios.

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ICRAF Policy Brief Addresses Gender in Climate-Smart Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

March 2013: A policy brief by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), titled "Addressing Gender in Climate-Smart Smallholder Agriculture," focuses on the constraints that are preventing women from participating in smallholder carbon and climate-smart activities.

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Event: Global Symposium on REDD+ in a Green Economy [viewed]

The symposium, convened by the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), will examine lessons learned from pilot activities linking REDD+ to sustainable development and the green economy. The objective of the symposium is to build a stronger business case for REDD+.  

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CEM Spring Newsletter Highlights Upcoming CEM4 [viewed]

12 March 2013: The Spring 2013 newsletter of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) highlights the upcoming fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) as well as recent CEM-related events and efforts in the areas of solar electric and wind energy technologies, clean energy progress in emerging economies, and urban sustainability technologies.

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