Economics, Trade & Investment

ClimDev-Africa Becomes Operational Further to ACP's Grant [viewed]

19 February 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has reported that the ACP (Africa-Caribbean-Pacific) Group of States has granted €20 million to the special fund for the Climate for Development in Africa Programme (ClimDev-Africa). The grant will enable ClimDev-Africa to become operational.

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G20 Finance Ministers Call for Phase-out of Inefficient Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

16 February 2013: The Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' Meeting took place from 15-16 February 2013, in Moscow, Russian Federation, and concluded with the adoption of a communiqué in which G20 Finance Ministers commit to report on progress made to rationalize and phase-out, over the medium-term, inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption, while providing targeted support for the poorest.

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CIF Annual Report Focuses on the "Climate for Change" [viewed]

14 February 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has released its 2012 annual report, titled "Creating the Climate for Change." In its fourth year of operations, the fund is in expansion with over 70 new countries asking for support.

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CEM Announces Online Availability of Global Atlas for Solar and Wind [viewed]

CEM - IRENA14 February 2013: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has announced the online availability of the Global Atlas for Solar and Wind, which provides data to facilitate the evaluation of renewable energy potentials.

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CCAFS Outlines Opportunities for Agricultural NAMAs [viewed]

November 2012: A policy brief from the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) describes early experiences with the development of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) in the agriculture sector.

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IFAD Governing Council Meeting Forges Alliances for Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

14 February 2013: The 36th Session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Governing Council convened from 13-14 February 2013, in Rome, Italy, and focused on building partnerships to reduce poverty and ensure food security in rural communities worldwide.

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Clean Energy Solutions Center Seeks Feedback on Tool for Evaluating Solar Social and Economic Impacts of Solar Technologies [viewed]

13 February 2013:  The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), is seeking feedback on the Global Renewable Energy Opportunity Tool, which facilitates analysis of technical and economic potential for solar electric technologies.

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IEA Bioenergy Annual Report Highlights Risks and Opportunities of Bioenergy [viewed]

12 February 2012: The 2012 Annual Report of the International Energy Agency's Implementing Agreement on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy) features an article on "Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets," and provides an overview of activities of the Executive Committee (ExCo) and the 12 ongoing Tasks during 2012.

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OECD Inventory Highlights Fossil Fuel Subsidies in OECD Member Countries [viewed]

OECD11 February 2013: A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013," provides examples from over 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the 34 OECD member countries. The report indicates that, between 2005 and 2011, these measures cost taxpayers between US$55-90 billion annually.

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CEM4 Preparatory Meeting Identifies Gaps in 13 Clean Energy Initiatives [viewed]

11 February 2013: During a preparatory meeting for the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4), which is to be held in April in Delhi, India, ministers from participating countries discussed progress on CEM's 13 clean energy initiatives, finalized the CEM4 agenda, and received a preview of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) "Clean Energy Progress Report."

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