Economics, Trade & Investment

UNDP, Partners Announce Climate Change Finance Innovation Award [viewed]

UNDPOctober 2014: The UN Development Programme's Millennium Development Goal Carbon (UNDP MDG Carbon) and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd. have announced the 'Climate Change Finance Innovation Award Contest,' which addresses the need for innovative financing concepts for scaled-up mitigation actions.

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Event: World Hydropower Congress 2015 [viewed]

Hosted by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the 2015 World Hydropower Congress will take place in Beijing, China. The congress will focus on discussing and debating strategies for the hydropower sector over the next 35 years, and examining how sustainably developed hydropower can address climate change, and energy and water security. The congress is expected to attract 1,000 participants, including representatives of key organizations around the world involved in hydropower operation and development, as well as specialists from other areas, including politics, finance, the environment and technology.  

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Event: Fifth African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo - C5) [viewed]

The 5th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo - C5) is being organized to promote the development, exploration, use and financing of geothermal energy projects. ARGeo - C5, themed 'Geothermal: Solution to Africa Energy Needs,' will serve as an information-sharing platform and will facilitate regional cooperation. The main conference, which will take place 29-31 October, will feature a range of sessions geared toward exploring: risk mitigation; how to attract private developers; fast-tracking projects; stimulating the growth of the industry through investment; and the development, construction and operation of geothermal plants. Participants also have the option of participating in short courses, such as 'Improving Success in Drilling' and 'Financing Geothermal Projects' on 27-28 October. After the conference, an optional field trip on 1-2 November is offered. The African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) Project is organizing the conference in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Tanzania. The UNEP-ARGeo Programme is a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that encourages the development of geothermal energy sources in East Africa to realize their untapped potential and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It was officially launched in 2010 at ARGeo - C3.  

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ECLAC Evaluates Central America's Progress in Energy Efficiency [viewed]

ECLAC8 September 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters in Mexico has launched a study on energy efficiency (EE) in Central America. The publication analyzes the advances made by the region since the approval of the ‘Central American Sustainable Energy Strategy 2020,' in 2007.

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Event: Transport Day 2014 [viewed]

The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the Bridging the Gap Initiative (BtG) are organizing Transport Day 2014 during the 20th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 20). The event is organized around the theme 'Transport Tackles Climate Change @ Transport Day 2014' and will feature a series break-out and plenary sessions aiming to raise the profile of the transport sector's climate change mitigation potential. Transport Day will aim to encourage the integration of transport into mitigation and adaptation policy making under the UNFCCC, ensure such and tools and resources as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems, and technology transfer are appropriate for the transport sector.  

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September 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

wb.adb.ebd.afdb.gefSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought.

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Event: International Conference on South-South Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

The International Ecosystem Management Partnership (IEMP) is organizing a conference in recognition of the growing role of South-South cooperation as a complement to North-South partnership on climate change. The International Conference on South-South Cooperation aims to raise awareness about this growing role, identify opportunities and challenges, agree on enabling conditions for promoting South-South cooperation, and create consensus for solidifying South-South cooperation's part in the expected 2015 agreement on climate change. Apart from an opening address and ministerial forum, the conference will hold six high-level panels in plenary on: science and knowledge for climate policy; adaptation and livelihood; capacity building for decision makers and practitioners; technology transfer for clean energy; ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation; and enabling conditions. IEMP is a project of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UNFCCC Secretariat, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC) are also sponsoring the conference.  

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IEA Calls for Strengthening Energy Efficiency Market [viewed]

IEA8 October 2014: A market report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) confirms the role of energy efficiency as the “first fuel,” with the global energy efficiency market currently worth US$310 billion or more. Emphasizing the role of energy efficiency in climate change mitigation efforts, the report stresses that while it is becoming an established market segment, efforts to strengthen financing for energy efficiency should be strengthened. The report also finds significant potential for energy efficiency in emerging economies, in particular in the transport sector.

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ECPA Reports on Sustainable Energy Activities in LAC [viewed]

ECPA logo8 October 2014: The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) has reported on events and a project focusing on energy efficiency at national, sub-regional and regional levels, as well as on the future of energy in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region.

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IRENA, UNECE Cooperate on Renewable Energy Promotion [viewed]

unece-irena30 September 2014: The International Energy Agency (IRENA) and UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation to increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and promote access to affordable and clean energy. The MoU provides a framework for cooperation between the two organizations on projects and activities, exchange of information and enhanced public dialogue.

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