Economics, Trade & Investment

CDM Biogas Project in Nepal Awarded CERs [viewed]

World Bank13 October 2011: The World Bank's Nepal Biogas Program has successfully generated 92,000 Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) from biogas projects, with added benefits in terms of social development and health.

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Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Conference Adopts Nairobi Declaration [viewed]

19 October 2011: The Global Network Conference on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) has concluded with the adoption of a declaration highlighting the role of RECP for achieving green growth and addressing climate change.

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GEF Reports to UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

17 October 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), acting for the first time as a financial mechanism to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is participating in a series of events at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10), taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 10-21 October 2011.

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Global Drylands: A UN System-wide Response Report Launched at UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

20 October 2011: The report "Global Drylands: A UN System-wide Response," which was prepared by 18 UN agencies through the Environment Management Group (EMG), was launched during a side event at the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10).

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Draft Green Climate Fund Governing Instrument Forwarded to Durban [viewed]

UNFCCC18 October 2011: The fourth meeting of the Transitional Committee (TC 4) for the design of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) aimed to conclude discussions for the design of the GCF ahead of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights UNECE's Role in Tackling Global Challenges [viewed]

UNECE18 October 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to continue tackling the world's most looming issues and work together to ensure the prosperity of future generations, when addressing for the first time the UNECE Executive Committee.

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UN-REDD Approves US$4 Million for REDD+ in Nigeria [viewed]

17 October 2011: At its seventh Policy Board Meeting, the UN-REDD Programme approved US$4 million to fund Nigeria's National Programme for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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ILO Releases Report on Skills for Green Jobs [viewed]

October 2011: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released a publication, titled "Skills for Green Jobs: A Global View," examining the experiences of 21 developed and developing countries in providing training to meet the new demands of a greener economy. The report highlights both the importance of skills development to "unlocking the employment potential of green growth," and the reality of current skills shortages, which are becoming an obstacle in realizing this potential.

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Event: Tokyo Green Industry Conference 2011 [viewed]

The Tokyo Green Industry Conference is being co-organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The Conference will highlight available environmental/resource conservation techniques and practices that are good for business and the environment, as well as for employees, communities and consumers. It will also provide an opportunity to match environmental technology needs with international supply of best available techniques and best environmental practices.  

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Eradication of Poverty Day Focuses on Sustainability and Inclusive Development [viewed]

17 October 2011: This year's commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty promoted recognition that a sustainable future is not reachable when over 40% of the world's population, about 2.6 billion people, live in poverty and face threats from natural disasters and economic shocks. 

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