Economics, Trade & Investment

World Bank Releases 2012 Little Green Data Book [viewed]

World Bank17 May 2012: The World Bank released its annual book compiling environmental data, which includes information from more than 200 countries relating to agriculture, forests, climate, energy, water, sanitation, and ocean health.

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UN-REDD Board Approves Funding for the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka [viewed]

16 May 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has released the report from its eighth Policy Board meeting, during which it approved funding to support the national programmes on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks) of the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka. Both countries will each receive US$4 million.

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EEA Report Assesses Progress Towards a Green Economy in Europe [viewed]

EEA16 May 2012: In the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced a publication titled "Environmental Indicator Report 2012." The Report assesses progress within the EU to support the transition to a green economy, and presents established indicators that illustrate progress towards improving resource efficiency and indicators that depict the risk of passing environmental thresholds.

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AfDB, FAO to Increase Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

AfDB16 May 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) is launching a joint regional programme with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) aimed at increasing drought resilience and improving sustainable livelihoods in the Greater Horn of Africa.

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FAO Asia and Pacific Joins ADB Energy for All Initiative [viewed]

15 May 2012: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Energy for All (E4All) initiative has announced that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific has joined its Energy for All Initiative to encourage better energy access for rural communities and “energy-smart” agri-food systems.

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Adaptation Fund Board Submits Views on a Review of its Interim Arrangements [viewed]

13 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the views of the Adaptation Fund Board on the report of the review of the interim arrangements of the Adaptation Fund (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.2).

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EU Energy Commissioner Highlights Importance of EU Covenant of Mayors for EU-China Mayors' Forum [viewed]

8 May 2012: At the opening session of the European Union (EU)-China urbanization partnership, the EU's Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, announced that the Covenant of Mayors will play a critical role in the upcoming EU-China Mayors' Forum, enhancing opportunities for sharing best practices and peer-to-peer cooperation.

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AfDB's Climate Finance Newsletter Focuses on Pioneering Green Growth [viewed]

AfDBMay 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has published the March-April issue of its Climate Finance Newsletter. This issue underscores that the AfDB is currently preparing its Long Term Strategy, which will cover the period from 2013-2022 and will aim to support Africa's transformation into a stable, competitive, integrated and greener continent.

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First Africa Human Development Report Explores Food Security, Links to Gender and Environment [viewed]

15 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the first Africa Human Development Report (HDR), titled "Towards a Food Secure Future." The report finds that African governments' bias toward investing in towns rather than rural areas, and men rather than women, are the key factors explaining Africa's food insecurity.

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UNFCCC Presents NAMAs Registry Prototype [viewed]

15 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has officially presented a prototype of a registry for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs). The presentation took place at the 36th session of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI), taking place in Bonn, Germany.

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