Economics, Trade & Investment

SPREP Reports on Renewable Energy Project Implementation [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)6 July 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported on the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP), which is being implemented in 11 Pacific island countries.

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Cook Islands Announces Renewable Energy Plan [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)5 July 2011: The Government of the Cook Islands has announced the launch of the Renewable Energy Chart – Te Atamoa O Te Uira Natura, which outlines how to achieve the target to produce 50% of electricity from renewable sources by 2015 and 100% by 2020.

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AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Youth Employment, Climate Change and UNCSD [viewed]

1 July 2011: The 17th session of the African Union (AU) Summit has adopted a decision on youth employment and other measures to support the Summit's theme "Youth empowerment for sustainable development," as well as decisions to prepare for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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CIF Projects Focus on Climate Resilience and Forests [viewed]

1 July 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved US$444 million in grants and near-zero-interest loans to support five nation-wide strategic programmes for climate resilience in Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, St. Lucia, and Zambia, as well as US$90 million in grants for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) initiatives in Burkina Faso and Congo DRC.

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OECD Briefing Reviews Taxation, Innovation and the Environment [viewed]

June 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a briefing note titled “Taxation, Innovation and the Environment,” which illustrates how carbon and other pollution taxes, as well as similar instruments, positively affect innovation.

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Event: Forests Indonesia: Alternative Futures to Meet Demands for Food, Fibre, Fuel and REDD+ [viewed]

This event will provide a platform for leaders of government, parliament, the international and national business community, civil society and the research and development sector to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by Indonesia in the sustainable use of its forests. It will focus on a series of forums under two themes: trade and investment: implications for forests; and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) in transition to a low-carbon future.  

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Fourth Aarhus MOP Addresses Sustainable Development, Adopts Chisinau Declaration [viewed]

1 July 2011: The fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 4) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) took place from 29 June-1 July 2011, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

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ECLAC Meeting Considers Climate Change Costs and Benefits in Caribbean Countries [viewed]

30 June 2011: The third Expert Group Meeting on Understanding the Potential Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean, which was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), considered climate change costs and benefits in Caribbean countries.

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UNFCCC Publishes Green Climate Fund Documents [viewed]

UNFCCC29 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a background note on direct access and a scoping paper for the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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Event: Second Meeting of the Transitional Committee for the Design of the Green Climate Fund [viewed]

This meeting will be preceded by a Workshop on Lessons Learned from Relevant Funds and Institutions on 12 July 2011. The meeting and the workshop are organized jointly by the UN University (UNU) and the Secretariat of the UNFCCC, with the support of the Government of Japan.  

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