Economics, Trade & Investment

ITTO, UNU Analyze REDD+ and Community Forestry in Asia [viewed]

February 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) have released a report, titled "Governing the Forests: An Institutional Analysis of REDD+ and Community Forest Management in Asia." The report presents a background on REDD+, explores ways to link REDD+ to community forestry, and provides lessons learned and recommendations.

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UNDP Reviews Public Expenditures for Climate Finance in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

UNDPJanuary 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Capacity Development for Development Effectiveness (CDDE) Facility, has released a working paper that shares lessons from UNDP's implementation of a methodology for assessing government-wide public expenditures against stated national climate change policy.

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Event: GEF Constituency Meeting for the Pacific Islands [viewed]

Organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), this meeting is for representatives of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. The meeting will bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

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Event: GCF Board Meeting [viewed]

The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is expected to meet in Berlin, Germany, from 13-15 March 2013. According to the Work Plan of the Board (GCF/B.02-12/03), the meeting is expected to address, among other issues: the Board's additional rules of procedure; the selection of the Executive Director; and the structure and organization of the Fund, including the model for the delivery and allocation of resources, access, governance and information disclosure policy.  

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IEA Report Highlights Sweden's Progress Towards a Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

IEA5 February 2013: A review of Sweden's energy policy published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicates that Sweden's trajectory towards a low-carbon economy is on track, although challenges remain. The review recommends that Sweden should, inter alia, develop an action plan to realize the 2030 target for achieving a fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet and increase investment in clean energy technologies, including smart grids, biofuels, and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

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UNEP Riso Reports on the Economics of REDD+ [viewed]

UNEP RisoeFebruary 2013: The UN Environment Programme Riso Centre (UNEP Riso), in collaboration with the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), published a report on the economics of forest and forest carbon projects.

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World Economic Forum 2013 Considers Ways to Revive Global Economy Sustainably [viewed]

6 February 2013: The 2013 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum was held on the theme “resilient dynamism” and focused on three pillars: leading through adversity; strengthening societal resilience; and restoring economic dynamism.

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UNW-DPAC Reviews UN Publications on Water and Sanitation [viewed]

January 2013: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has published its Bimonthly Publications Review, which presents the latest publications from UN agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation from September through January 2012. These publications address a range of issues, such as climate change, child survival, city resilience and cultural diversity.

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DSDS Focuses on Resource-Efficient Growth and Development [viewed]

31 January 2013: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)'s Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) organized annually since 2001, discussed sustainability challenges across different business sectors as well as resource-efficient growth. The 2013 Summit was organized around the theme "The Global Challenge of Resource Efficient Growth and Development." 

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Event: Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7 [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is scheduled for 29 September-3 October 2014. Among other issues, the meeting is expected to address: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); risk assessment and risk management; and socio-economic considerations.  

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