Economics, Trade & Investment

Group of Friends on SE4ALL Highlights Progress, Plans [viewed]

Sustainable Energy for All22 April 2013: The Co-Chairs of the Group of Friends on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) – Denmark, Norway and Pakistan – hosted a high-level event to update UN Member States on SE4ALL and others and gather support for sustainable energy. The event took place on 22 April 2013, in New York, US, in follow-up to the first meeting of the SE4ALL Advisory Board, on 19 April, in Washington, DC.

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G8 Identifies Climate Change as Contributing Factor to Security Risks [viewed]

g8_uk11 April 2013: Foreign Ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) met in London, UK, from 10-11 April 2013, to address a number of international issues, challenges and opportunities that impact on global peace, security and prosperity. The joint statement adopted at the conclusion of the meeting addresses, among other issues, climate change.

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Event: 69th Commission Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The 69th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene under the theme “Building resilience to natural disasters and major economic crises”. The Senior Officials Segment will convene from 25-27 April in preparation for the Ministerial Segment, to be held from 29 April-1 May.  

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SREP Calls for Proposals that Engage the Private Sector in Low Carbon Investment [viewed]

Climate Investment Funds19 April 2013: The Program for Scaling Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is calling for proposals from Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and pilot countries to initiate the development of concept proposals for programmes and projects to engage the private sector in the expansion of renewable energy and energy access.

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UNDP Releases Framework on Derisking Renewable Energy Investment in Developing Countries [viewed]

UNDP17 April 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a framework designed to help policy-makers select public instruments to promote investment in renewable energy in developing countries. The goal of the framework, presented in a report on “Derisking Renewable Energy Investment,” is to support transparent policy-making with quantitative comparisons of different public instruments and portfolios for derisking investments in renewable energy.

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UNFCCC Publishes Provisional Agenda for SBI 38 [viewed]

UNFCCC17 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agenda for the 38th session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38) to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 3-14 June 2013.

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GEF Presents SFM Program at UNFF10 [viewed]

GEF16 April 2013: On the sidelines of the tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10), the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) presented its program on sustainable forest management (SFM), highlighting the multiple benefits of forests for a resilient global environment.

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PROFOR Newsletter Features SFM Certification [viewed]

9 April 2013: The April issue of the World Bank Program on Forests' (PROFOR) newsletter features sections on the benefits of sustainable forest management (SFM) certification, upcoming events, new activities and stories from around PROFOR.

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Sweden Supports ECOWAS Programme on Climate Adaptability [viewed]

18 April 2013: The Government of Sweden announced it will provide US$6.7 million over four years to help reduce West Africa's vulnerability to climate change and increase the region's capacity to pursue its climate change adaptation programmes.

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CDM Intelligence Portal Launched [viewed]

UNFCCC17 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat launched a portal, titled "Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) insights," which features analysis and data on the CDM, such as graphics and related downloadable data for project activities and Programme of Activities (PoAs) under validation, registration, as well as intelligence about the CDM on a monthly basis.

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