Economics, Trade & Investment

IDB and SAAB to Collaborate in Sustainable Urban Development [viewed]

IDB11 May 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and SAAB, a Swedish defense and security company, have agreed to work together on an initiative to support sustainable development in cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Stockholm, Sweden, on 11 May 2012.

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World Bank Publishes Report on Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils [viewed]

World Bank10 May 2010: The World Bank has published a report presenting state of the art knowledge on the impact of different land management practices on soil carbon sequestration rates across the world.

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Peru Seeks FAO Support to Coordinate Its Forestry Sector [viewed]

FAO7 May 2012: The Peruvian Government has formally asked the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to coordinate the various entities and initiatives, public and private, national and international, involved with its forestry sector. The request was formulated during an FAO programming mission to Peru in April 2012.

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CIFAL Jeju Holds Workshop on Low-Carbon Cities in the Asia Pacific Region [viewed]

4 May 2012: CIFAL Jeju convened a workshop on green growth and low-carbon cities in the Asia-Pacific region, during which participants shared common challenges and good practices in implementing green growth policies.

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UN Independent Experts Call for a Global Financial Transaction Tax [viewed]

14 May 2012: A group of UN independent experts has called on the Group of Eight Industrialized Nations (G8) and EU countries to support a proposal for a global financial transaction tax (FTT). Such a tax would be applied to mitigate the costs of the economic, financial, fuel, climate and food crises, and to protect basic human rights.

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Pavilion Showcases UN's Work on "Living Ocean and Coast" at Expo 2012 [viewed]

12 May 2012: The UN Pavilion has opened at the International Exposition 2012 (Expo 2012) in Yeosu, Republic of Korea, under the theme "Oceans and Coasts: Connecting Our Lives, Ensuring Our Future—The Choice is Yours." The Expo is the first international exposition focusing on ocean, coasts and islands in international recognition of their role, and is organized around the overall theme "The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities."

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REEEP South East Asia and Pacific Newsletter Highlights Renewable Energy Projects, Workshops and Publications [viewed]

8 May 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has published the May issue of its South East Asia and Pacific Newsletter, with news on REEEP's participation in global clean energy initiatives, project and policy developments, new publications, and upcoming events in the region. 

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ESMAP's Annual Report Highlights Progress on Energy Poverty and Realignment of Focus Areas [viewed]

April 2012: The annual report of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank indicates that, in 2011, the Program built on lessons learned by realigning focus areas and strengthening operational functions.

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Asia-Pacific Human Development Report Discusses Climate Impacts for SIDS [viewed]

UNDP10 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its regional human development report for the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on the need for the region to find ways to continue to grow economically, while reducing poverty and tackling climate change and environmental concerns. The report addresses climate challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS) in the region due their low elevation. 

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on Loss and Damage [viewed]

10 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a technical paper titled "Current knowledge on relevant methodologies and data requirements as well as lessons learned and gaps identified at different levels, in assessing the risk of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change" (FCCC/TP/2012/1).

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