Economics, Trade & Investment

UN Secretary-General Highlights UNECE's Role in Tackling Global Challenges [viewed]

UNECE18 October 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to continue tackling the world's most looming issues and work together to ensure the prosperity of future generations, when addressing for the first time the UNECE Executive Committee.

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UN-REDD Approves US$4 Million for REDD+ in Nigeria [viewed]

17 October 2011: At its seventh Policy Board Meeting, the UN-REDD Programme approved US$4 million to fund Nigeria's National Programme for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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ILO Releases Report on Skills for Green Jobs [viewed]

October 2011: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released a publication, titled "Skills for Green Jobs: A Global View," examining the experiences of 21 developed and developing countries in providing training to meet the new demands of a greener economy. The report highlights both the importance of skills development to "unlocking the employment potential of green growth," and the reality of current skills shortages, which are becoming an obstacle in realizing this potential.

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Event: Tokyo Green Industry Conference 2011 [viewed]

The Tokyo Green Industry Conference is being co-organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The Conference will highlight available environmental/resource conservation techniques and practices that are good for business and the environment, as well as for employees, communities and consumers. It will also provide an opportunity to match environmental technology needs with international supply of best available techniques and best environmental practices.  

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Eradication of Poverty Day Focuses on Sustainability and Inclusive Development [viewed]

17 October 2011: This year's commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty promoted recognition that a sustainable future is not reachable when over 40% of the world's population, about 2.6 billion people, live in poverty and face threats from natural disasters and economic shocks. 

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World Bank Purchases 2.6 Million AAUs from Czech Republic [viewed]

World Bank17 October 2011: The World Bank has purchased 2.6 million additional Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) from sustainable, energy efficient, housing projects in the Czech Republic developed under its Green Investment Scheme (GIS).

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Parliamentarians to Drive Progress to Rio+20 [viewed]

16 October 2011: Opening the 125th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help drive progress in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.

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G20 Finance Ministers Look Forward to Effective Green Climate Fund Design [viewed]

G2015 October 2011: The Group of 20 (G20) issued a Communiqué of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors highlighting their support for the effective design of the Green Climate Fund as part of the Durban outcome.

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World Bank Institute Highlights India's Energy Certificates Scheme [viewed]

14 October 2011: As part of a South-South learning initiated by the World Bank Institute, delegates from Kenya, the Philippines and Thailand participated in a two-day Knowledge Exchange with India's public and private sector to learn about their experiences using energy certificates. 

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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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