Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods Institutions, WTO and UNCTAD [viewed]

The Special high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods Institutions (International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will analyze issues of common concern, related to the global economy and sustainable development. Pursuant to ECOSOC resolutions 2011/38, 2010/26 and 2009/30, the overall theme of the meeting will be “Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of Financing for Development”.  

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FAO Guidebook Highlights Carbon Finance Options for Smallholder Farmers [viewed]

FAO10 January 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a guidebook titled "Climate Change Mitigation Finance for Smallholder Agriculture - A guide book to harvesting soil carbon sequestration benefits," which underscores the role of agriculture in global climate change mitigation efforts and describes approaches for participating in carbon financing opportunities.

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ECLAC Head Calls for Tax Reform With a Vision of Sustainable Development [viewed]

9 January 2012: Addressing the roundtable on "Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Change for the Economic and Social Development of Latin America," the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, has underscored that the region needs "tax reforms with a vision of sustainable development."

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IRENA Releases Renewable Energy Profiles for Pacific Countries [viewed]

January 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a publication titled “Renewable Energy Country Profiles: Pacific.” The country profiles consider where renewable energy can contribute significantly to combating climate change.  

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UNRISD Paper Examines Social Policy and Double Injustice of Climate Change in the UK [viewed]

5 January 2012: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) has published a paper on the social dimensions and distributive implications of carbon mitigation policies (CMPs), in particular on their negative impact on low income households and the double injustice of climate change within developed countries.

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CIF Opens Vote for Civil Society Representatives [viewed]

5 January 2012: The voting process to elect civil society representatives to the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is now open and will close on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 at 11:59 PM GMT.

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Event: G20 Summit 2012 [viewed]

The Group of 20 (G20) Summit of the world's twenty major economies will take place in Los Cabos, Mexico, and will be the first such summit to occur in Latin America. In its G20 Presidency role during 2012, Mexico has prioritized: economic stability and structural reform for growth and employment; strengthening of financial systems and procurement of financial inclusion for economic growth; improving international financial architecture in an interconnected global economy; mitigating negative effects on price level and volatility of commodities, in particular those affecting food security; and promoting sustainable development with a focus on infrastructure, energy efficiency, green growth and financing the fight against climate change.  

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Event: Sixth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation [viewed]

The meeting is sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), International Institute for Environment and Development and the Disaster Management Center of the Government of Viet Nam. The meeting will include three-days of site visits, to see how others are implementing community based adaptation, and three days of interactive discussions.  

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Event: 38th Summit of the G8 [viewed]

The US will host the 38th Summit of the Group of Eight (G8) at Camp David, Maryland, in May 2012. The G8 comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the UK, and the US. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in Chicago, back-to-back with the NATO summit, but the US announced the change in location and dates on 5 March (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/05/statement-press-secretary-g-8-and-nato-summits). The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold its summit in Chicago from 20-21 May (see http://www.chicagonato.org/ for more information). The Presidents Benin, Ghana and Tanzania and Prime Minister of Ethiopia are expected to join in the discussions on food security in Africa.  

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Bangkok Floods a Sign of a Things to Come, UN/ISDR Reports [viewed]

3 January 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has stated that the recent flooding in Bangkok, Thailand, may be a sign of things to come “amid a changing climate.” Drawing on information from the World Bank, UN/ISDR stated that the economic loss caused by the flooding is estimated to be in excess of US$45 billion.

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