Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: FAO-OECD Expert Meeting on Greening the Economy with Agriculture [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is collaborating with partners in analyzing existing information and developing possible scenarios for Greening the Economy with Agriculture (GEA), including an evaluation of sustainability progress and gaps in the food supply chain to projection of food supply and demand towards 2050, and the joint FAO/Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meeting will focus on addressing these scenarios. The meeting will be hosted by OECD at its headquarters and FAO will support the participation to this meeting of selected experts and chiefly, those from seven developing countries. Attendance at the Expert Meeting is by invitation only. Agenda items include: low footprint and productive food and agriculture systems; decent rural livelihoods, green jobs and land tenure; resilience to shocks of low-carbon food systems; quality and health of green food; and policy coherence for GEA.  

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Event: 37th Special Session of CARICOM's Council on Trade and Economic Development (COTED) [viewed]

This special session of COTED will discuss work on the Community's environmental policy framework and cooperative efforts regarding climate change, sustainable land management and renewable energy. Among other things, participants will discuss Community follow-up to the Cancun Climate Change Conference and preparations for Durban Climate Change Conference. COTED also will discuss Community preparations for the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). COTED is also expected to review and approve the draft Caribbean Subregional Action Plan (SRAP) on sustainable land management (SLM) and decide how to finance its implementation. The SRAP is one of the outputs of the Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Land Management in the Caribbean SIDS (PISLM) supported by the UNCCD's Global Mechanism. In addition, the Special Session will receive an update on progress in developing CARICOM's Environment and Natural Resources Policy Framework, and will review work on the CARICOM Renewable Energy Road Map.  

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ADB Finances Solar Thermal Technology Project in China [viewed]

19 August 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$100 million loan to boost energy efficiency in Shandong province in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

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UNFCCC Publishes Fast-start Finance Submissions [viewed]

UNFCCC15 August 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions (FCCC/CP/2011/INF.1) on information from developed country parties on the resources provided to fulfil the commitment referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 95 (The Cancun Agreements: Outcome of the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) (Finance)).

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Secretary-General Issues Annual Report on UN's Work [viewed]

August 2011: The UN General Assembly has circulated the Report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization. This year's report (A/66/1) points to significant changes in the world since 2007, including the impacts of food, fuel and economic shocks, democratic movements in North Africa and the Middle East, and the rising incidence of mega-disasters, and outlines the UN's responses to these and other developments.

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GEF Funds Environmental Fiscal Reform in Moldova [viewed]

8 August 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has endorsed a project, to be implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to reform and develop fiscal instruments to improve targets under the three Rio Conventions in the Republic of Moldova.

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CDM Project in Egypt Replaces Polluting Taxi Fleet [viewed]

August 2011: The World Bank has provided an update on the Egypt Vehicle Scrapping and Recycling Programme, the first transport Programme of Activities to be registered under the UNFCCC's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and which is now providing funding for the replacement of old polluting taxi vehicles in Cairo.

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GEF Meeting Reviews Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project [viewed]

11 August 2011: A meeting to review the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), discussed policy, technical, and operational issues and issued recommendations to enhance the impact of PACC and include lessons learned into other regional legal frameworks.

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Adaptation Fund Board Releases 14th Meeting Report [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 August 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has released the report from its 14th meeting, during which the Board invited civil society to engage in a dialogue with the AFB in Durban, South Africa, at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, as well as discussions with institutions supporting the accreditation process of National Implementing Entities (NIE).

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World Bank Publishes Study on Regulatory and Financial Incentives for Solar Power [viewed]

5 August 2011: The World Bank has published a study titled "Regulatory and Financial Incentives for Scaling up Concentrating Solar Power in Developing Countries," which analyzes existing renewable energy schemes supporting concentrated solar power (CSP) and proposes measures to scale up CSP promotion.

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