Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Regional Conference on Drivers of Deforestation in the Congo Basin [viewed]

This two-day regional conference will discuss findings from the World Bank Program on Forests (PROFOR) study on Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin, including proposed recommendations and potential tradeoffs between protecting forest ecosystems and economic growth. The Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) requested the study to increase understanding of deforestation dynamics in the Central African region. The World Bank and COMIFAC are organizing the conference.  

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UNSG Calls for Private Investment in Climate, Energy [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon24 April 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, asking for the private sector's help in tackling climate change and advancing sustainable development. 

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Report Estimates LAC Needs for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

eclac-idb22 April 2013: A report published jointly by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will require US$17-27 billion to adapt to the unavoidable physical impacts of climate change projected for the region, and about US$100 billion annually in mitigation investments to meet the global climate stabilization goal.

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ESMAP Annual Report Highlights 2012 Work on SE4ALL, Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

ESMAP17 April 2013: The World Bank's Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) 2012 Annual Report highlights achievements including: support for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL); completion of Low Carbon Growth Country Studies; global deployment of the Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE); and continued assistance to Lighting Africa.

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ESMAP Celebrates 30 Years of Sustainable Energy Assistance [viewed]

ESMAP17 April 2013: The World Bank's Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) is celebrating 30 years of assisting developing countries in meeting their energy needs.

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Event: Global Green Growth Summit 2013 [viewed]

The 3rd annual Global Green Growth Summit will be held on 10-11 June 2013, in the Republic of Korea. The Global Green Growth Summit is an annual event centered on green growth and provides an opportunity to review progress and think together about initiatives that can accelerate the transition to a new paradigm of sustainable growth. The two previous Summits were held in 2011 and 2012, and had the themes "Building a Planet-Responsible Civilization" and "Global Governance for Green Growth and the Green Economy," respectively.  

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ECOSOC, BWIs Discuss Coordination to Advance Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

ECOSOC22 April 2013: A high-level meeting on "Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for development and the post-2015 development agenda" brought together the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to discuss the global economic and financial crisis and its impact on financing for development.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Ministers to Deliver on Climate Change Financing Commitments [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon19 April 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed ministers participating in the Ministerial Dialogue on Sustainable Development and Climate Change Financing, held in Washington, US, on 19 April 2013, focusing on ongoing work on the definition of a post-2015 development framework that builds on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and on reaching a 2015 agreement under the UNFCCC.

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OCED Releases Papers on Greening Global Value Chains [viewed]

OECD11 April 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released four new reports on strategies for green growth, focusing on the "greening" of global value chains. These papers are a product of the OECD's Green Growth Strategy, which offers policy framework recommendations for countries pursuing economic development and protection of ecosystem services. 

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UK DEFRA Grant Promotes Low-Carbon Agriculture and Poverty Reduction in Brazil [viewed]

defra-idb5 April 2013: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will be administering a $39.2 million grant from the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to support the adoption of sustainable farming methods in Brazil.

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