Economics, Trade & Investment

ADB Meeting Focuses on Green Business, Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

6 May 2011: The 44th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) took place in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 3-6 May 2011, and addressed, among other issues, green business opportunities, climate change and food security.

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OECD Website Outlines Benefits and Challenges of Green Growth for Developing Countries [viewed]

3 May 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has created a website outlining its work on green growth and development.

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Event: Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011: New Business Models and Policy Drivers - Building the Low-Carbon Future [viewed]

This forum, organized by Asian Development Bank (ADB), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and World Resources Institute (WRI), seeks to promote best practices in clean energy policy and regulation, financing and investment, innovative business models, and energy access. Parallel breakout sessions will provide opportunities to discuss innovative and creative methods to break down barriers to large scale clean energy development and deployment in Asia Pacific.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Sustainable Development Research Conference [viewed]

10 May 2011: In a keynote speech to the 17th annual conference of the International Sustainable Development Research Society in New York, US, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres observed that, despite some advances, the green growth agenda has not progressed "beyond the status of secondary agenda," and "green, sustainable growth has not yet become the global norm."

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EU, Liberia Conclude Bilateral Forest Agreement [viewed]

9 May 2011: The EU and Liberia have concluded a bilateral agreement to certify the legal origin of imported wood products into the EU.

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OECD Secretary-General Discusses Greening Spain's Energy Sector [viewed]

4 May 2011: Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), delivered a speech on greening Spain's economy for the 25th Anniversary of the Spanish Energy Club, which took place in Madrid, Spain, on 4 May 2011.

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UNECE Publishes Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards [viewed]

May 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published the “Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards 2011,” which contains a list of conventions, norms and standards that have been negotiated under the auspices of UNECE.

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Fourth LDC Conference Opens in Istanbul [viewed]

9 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government and international organizations' representatives, are gathering in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from 9-13 May 2011. The meeting aims to assess the implementation of the 2001 Brussels Programme of Action and reach a new agreement to continue supporting the 48 countries classified as LDCs.

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UNEP Releases Report on Importance of Green Economy for LDCs [viewed]

9 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) have released a report titled “Why a Green Economy Matters for Least Developed Countries.” 

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PROFOR Newsletter Highlights Agricultural Practices to Lock Carbon and Enhance Food Security [viewed]

May 2011: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) of the World Bank has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "PROFOR Update," which highlights PROFOR's recent activities relating to forests and climate change.

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