Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank Supports Green Growth Program in Macedonia [viewed]

14 October 2011: The World Bank has launched a Green Growth and Climate Change Analytic and Advisory Support Program in Macedonia, with the objective of supporting Macedonia in assessing the economic costs and benefits of a shift to greener growth, taking into account projected climate change, and prioritizing actions identified by the National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD).

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IDB Supports Energy Efficiency in Caribbean Hotels [viewed]

IDB13 October 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$2 million grant to finance a more energy efficient tourism industry in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Hotel Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Action– Advanced Program (CHENACT–AP) was presented during the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF).

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World Bank Institute Concludes Dialogue Series on Climate Change [viewed]

October 2011: The World Bank Institute has concluded its five-part "Global Dialogue Series on Climate Change: The Road to Durban," which focused on climate change and cities, food security, and education and technology.

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EU Unveils Agenda for Change in Development Assistance [viewed]

13 October 2011: The European Commission has unveiled its "Agenda for Change" in EU Development policy as well as a new policy for EU budget support that aim to ensure  development aid provides the maximum impact on poverty reduction.

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European Commission Unveils Agricultural Policy Reform Proposals [viewed]

12 October 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a draft reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for the period after 2013, which aims to strengthen the competitiveness, sustainability and permanence of agriculture throughout the EU in order to secure for European citizens a healthy and high-quality source of food, preserve the environment and develop rural areas.

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IFC and CIF Fund Solar Plants in Thailand [viewed]

7 October 2011: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), part of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will finance the development of two solar power plants in Thailand by providing a US$8 million dollar loan and a US$4 million dollar grant.

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GEF, UNCCD Publish Book on Sustainable Land Management Projects [viewed]

October 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariats have jointly published a book on sustainable land management (SLM) projects, highlighting the impact of many of these projects in achieving SLM, as well as experiences and lessons learned.

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Guest Article #67: Climate Change Negotiations: Keeping Africa Safe [viewed]

The UN Climate Change Conference scheduled to be held in Durban, South Africa, between 28 November to 9 December 2011, represents a critical moment in the international climate change negotiations, and a defining opportunity for African leaders to chart the course towards outcomes that curb the rising threat of climate change, implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol in Africa, and advance the interests and aspirations of all African countries and peoples.

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Global Green Growth Forum Focuses on Energy, Transport, Trade and Finance [viewed]

12 October 2011: Initiated by the Governments of Denmark and the Republic of Korea, in association with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) conference was the first of a series of annual events aimed at creating and expanding public-private partnerships in areas including energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable transport, trade and finance.

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2011 Urban Environmental Accords Summit Focuses on Green Cities [viewed]

13 October 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed addressed the 2011 Urban Environmental Accords (UEA) Gwangju Summit, which convened under the theme of “Green Cities, Better Cities.”

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