Economics, Trade & Investment

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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IFPRI's 2011 Global Hunger Report Focuses on Food Price Volatility [viewed]

12 October 2011: In advance of World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, the International Food Price Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a report titled "2011 Global Hunger Index: The challenge of hunger: Taming price spikes and excessive food prices volatility."

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Event: CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings [viewed]

This meeting will include the meetings of: the Forest Investment Program (FIP) Sub-Committee; the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Programme (SPREP) Sub-Committee; the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Sub-Committee; the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committee; and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Trust Fund Committee.  

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Norway Launches Energy+ Initiative at Energy for All Conference [viewed]

12 October 2011: During the "Energy for All: Financing Access for the Poor" conference, the Government of Norway launched its Energy+ initiative aimed at mobilizing private capital and public resources for energy access.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses International Green Business Day [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary10 October 2011: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres has called on the business community to “create a virtuous cycle of push and pull” between the public and private sectors to pave the way toward sustainability and a low-carbon future.

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Event: Take Lead [viewed]

The Take Lead conference seeks to discover new oppor­tunities for cities and businesses and share knowledge to confront the emerging crisis through green growth. It will include workshops on: Smart Grid –Smart Growth; Sustainable Living in Buildings; Electric Vehicles; Communicating Green Growth; Bio Business is Big Business; Water –the Lasting Drop; a Sea of Wind- off shore wind; and Solutions for Sustainable Cities. The results of the discussions will feed into the report “State of the Green Economy” that will be submitted to the EU, C40, Rio+20 and UN Global Compact.  

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Event: GEF 42nd Council Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It functions as an independent board of directors, with primary responsibility for developing, adopting, and evaluating GEF programmes. Council members representing 32 constituencies (16 from developing countries, 14 from developed countries, and two from countries with transitional economies) meet for three days, twice each year.  

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Event: IDB Annual Meeting 2012 [viewed]

The Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) gathers finance ministers from Latin America to discuss development priorities and provide guidance to the Bank. A series of seminars on topics of interest to participants will be sponsored prior to the opening of the meeting.  

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UNCCD, GRF-Davos Sign MOU for Organization of 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

10 October 2011: On the sidelines of the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10), Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary, and Walter Ammann, President of the Global Risk Forum (GRF-Davos), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the organization of the 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference, to be held in 2012.

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2011 Food Insecurity Report Highlights Climate Change as a Driver of Price Volatility [viewed]

10 October 2011: The newly released report titled "The State of Food Insecurity in the World: How does international price volatility affect domestic economies and food security?" stresses that price volatility is likely to continue due to climate change and weather shocks, growing demand for biofuel, and the "financialization" of food and agricultural commodities.

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