Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank, GEF Support Argentina's Third National Communication to UNFCCC [viewed]

1 February 2011: Argentina is preparing its Third National Communication to the UNFCCC with a US$2.4 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which will be carried out with the World Bank as implementing agent.

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AU Summit Focuses on Unity and Integration through Shared Values [viewed]

31 January 2011: The 16th Summit of the African Union (AU), which took place from 24-31 January 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme "Towards greater unity and integration through shared values," considered, among other pressing issues, the impact of climate change and international cooperation.

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ILO Releases Issue 70 of World of Work Magazine [viewed]

January 2011: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released Issue 70 of its magazine "World of Work," which is subtitled "Promoting a Recovery: Focused on Jobs," and features articles on green jobs in the construction sector.

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ADB, Nordic Development Fund Support Climate Change Action in Viet Nam [viewed]

1 February 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Nordic Development Fund, a joint multilateral development institution of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, have announced a project to help Viet Nam draft and implement climate change action plans for key cities and government departments.

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First Regular Session of the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board Opens [viewed]

31 January 2011: Opening the first regular session of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), taking place from 31 January-7 February 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark noted the importance of a strong multilateral system to respond to pressing development needs.

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Sweden Contributes Over US$15 million to Adaptation Fund [viewed]

31 January 2011: The Swedish Government has contributed US$15.69 million (100 million Swedish Krona) to the Adaptation Fund Trust Fund.

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Event: CIF Partnership Forum 2011 [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum 2011 has been rescheduled to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 24-25 June. The Forum provides an opportunity for all stakeholders – governments, civil society, indigenous peoples, private sector, and others – to contribute to deepening global understanding of climate change and development in the CIF context. It will be immediately preceded by a series of associated meetings, including pilot country meetings, from 20-23 June. In addition, stakeholders unable to attend the meeting in Cape Town are invited to participate in an online live-streaming event of the sessions titled “Greening Clean Energy Sources: Managing the Social and Biodiversity Trade-Offs for Wind Energy,” which will take place on 24 June 2011 in the morning.  

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World Economic Forum Leaders Discuss Green Growth [viewed]

28 January 2010: The 41st World Economic Forum Annual Meeting was held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from 24-28 January 2010, gathering over 2,500 leaders from industry, government, international organizations, academia and civil society. Discussions focused on green growth, climate change and the water-food-energy nexus.

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GEF CEO Endorses Energy Efficiency Projects in Climate Change Focal Area [viewed]

February 2011: Monique Barbut, CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has endorsed several GEF projects with a strong focus on energy efficiency. CEO endorsement is the final step in GEF project cycle approval. 

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Event: CBD COP 11 [viewed]

The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is organized by the CBD Secretariat. The High Level Segment will be held from 17-19 October 2012. The provisional agenda includes consideration of: the status of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their Utilization; implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; issues related to financial resources and the financial mechanism; issues related to cooperation, outreach and the UN Decade on Biodiversity; operations of the Convention; Article 8(j) and related provisions; in-depth review of the programme of work on island biodiversity; ways and means to support ecosystem restoration; marine and coastal biodiversity; biodiversity and climate change; other substantive issues arising from COP 10 decisions, including dryland, forest, inland waters, mountain, and agricultural biodiversity, protected areas, sustainable use of biodiversity, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, biofuels and biodiversity, invasive alien species, the Global Taxonomy Initiative, incentive measures, and biodiversity and development; as well as administrative and budgetary matters.  

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