Economics, Trade & Investment

IEA Report Highlights Sweden's Progress Towards a Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

IEA5 February 2013: A review of Sweden's energy policy published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicates that Sweden's trajectory towards a low-carbon economy is on track, although challenges remain. The review recommends that Sweden should, inter alia, develop an action plan to realize the 2030 target for achieving a fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet and increase investment in clean energy technologies, including smart grids, biofuels, and carbon capture and storage (CCS).

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UNEP Riso Reports on the Economics of REDD+ [viewed]

UNEP RisoeFebruary 2013: The UN Environment Programme Riso Centre (UNEP Riso), in collaboration with the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), published a report on the economics of forest and forest carbon projects.

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World Economic Forum 2013 Considers Ways to Revive Global Economy Sustainably [viewed]

6 February 2013: The 2013 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum was held on the theme “resilient dynamism” and focused on three pillars: leading through adversity; strengthening societal resilience; and restoring economic dynamism.

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UNW-DPAC Reviews UN Publications on Water and Sanitation [viewed]

January 2013: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has published its Bimonthly Publications Review, which presents the latest publications from UN agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation from September through January 2012. These publications address a range of issues, such as climate change, child survival, city resilience and cultural diversity.

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DSDS Focuses on Resource-Efficient Growth and Development [viewed]

31 January 2013: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)'s Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) organized annually since 2001, discussed sustainability challenges across different business sectors as well as resource-efficient growth. The 2013 Summit was organized around the theme "The Global Challenge of Resource Efficient Growth and Development." 

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Event: Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7 [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is scheduled for 29 September-3 October 2014. Among other issues, the meeting is expected to address: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); risk assessment and risk management; and socio-economic considerations.  

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Event: Seminar on Climate Change and Forests: Conservation of Tropical Forests towards the Green Economy [viewed]

The Forestry and Forestry Products Research Institute (FFPRI) is organizing a two-day seminar on REDD+. Topics will include partnerships with the private sector, robust MRV systems, safeguards, and scaling up of REDD+ activities from the project level to the national level. The first day will host a participatory discussion of private sector investors, the general public and students. The second day will center on technical issues for the benefit of experts, government officials, researchers and students. Waseda University Environmental Research Institute, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are co-organizing the event.  

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LEDS GP Launches No-Cost Finance Advisory Service [viewed]

31 January 2013: The Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) has launched the LEDS Expert Assistance on Finance, a no-cost finance advisory service for developing country government agencies and supporting technical institutes involved in LEDS preparation and implementation.

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EBRD Project in Georgia Now Registered under Kyoto Protocol's CDM [viewed]

EBRD31 January 2013: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has reported that an energy efficiency project will allow Georgia's largest power plant to sell an estimated 5.8 million carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) over ten years.

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UNEP/GRID-Arendal Newsletter Reports on GEF-Funded “Blue Forests” Project [viewed]

January 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/GRID-Arendal Marine Programme has released the January issue of its newsletter (Marine Newsletter #1), featuring articles on: the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded demonstration project on the incorporation of carbon and other ecosystem services values into financial markets; the release of the State of the Mediterranean Marine and Coastal Environment Report; and the launch of the World Ocean Assessment website.

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