Economics, Trade & Investment

Frankfurt School Provides Update on Market Study in Africa and New Financial Institutions in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

1 March 2013: The Frankfurt School - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy has released the second volume of its newsletter, including articles on: the Sustainable Energy Planning in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus project; a market study for the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP); and the selection of new Climate Finance Innovation Facility (CFIF) partners in Asia.

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EC Releases Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean and Energy Efficient Vehicles [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: The European Commission (EC) has published a Commission Staff Working Document on “Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean Energy and Energy Efficient Vehicles.” The document provides guidelines and proposes a common framework for using grants, loans, tax deductions, and other financial incentives to increase the number of clean and efficient vehicles in EU member States.

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UNDP, BSEC Launch Black Sea Climate and Business Initiative [viewed]

1 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) launched the UNDP Black Sea Climate and Business Initiative (CLIMBIZ), a regional partnership for action on sustainable development in the Black Sea region, and the CLIMBIZ Challenge, with the support of the Austrian Development Cooperation and BSEC.

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World Bank Assesses Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Wetlands [viewed]

World Bank1 March 2013: The World Bank has released a study titled "Sea-level rise and coastal wetlands: impacts and costs," which warns that a one-meter rise in sea levels from climate change could destroy over 60% of the developing world's coastal wetlands currently found at one meter or less elevation.  This scenario could provoke economic losses of around $630 million per year.

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IEA Executive Director Calls for a Systems Approach to Clean Energy [viewed]

27 February 2013: In a keynote address delivered at the World Smart Energy Week in Tokyo, Japan, Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), has stated that the system-wide integration of clean and efficient energy technologies is essential in the transition to a sustainable and secure energy future.

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SE4ALL Video Calls for Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency [viewed]

27 February 2013: As part of the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), the UN has released a public service announcement video on CNN International and YouTube featuring former US Vice President Al Gore, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, and Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, Kandeh Yumkella.

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Conflict-Affected and Fragile States Call for New Goals in Dili Consensus [viewed]

26 February 2012: Member countries of the g7+ group, Pacific Island countries and Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) adopted a consensus statement at the close of the International Conference on Development for All, in Dili, Timor-Leste, calling for new goals to be adopted in the post-2015 development framework.

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SE4ALL Newsletter Highlights IRENA Support for SE4ALL Initiative [viewed]

February 2013: The January 2013 newsletter of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative highlights outcomes of the January meeting of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and updates on SE4ALL initiatives and collaborations.

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SLoCaT Partnership Publishes Report on Sustainable Urban Transport in China [viewed]

28 February 2013: The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), along with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the World Resources Institute's (WRI) sustainable transport center (EMBARQ), produced a summary report for the expert workshop on Prospects for National-Level Programmes and Funds for Sustainable Urban Transport in China.

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SLoCaT Presents Submission to Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action [viewed]

28 February 2013: The Partnership on Sustainable, Low-Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), along with the Bridging the Gap (BtG) Initiative, presented a submission to the Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) in response to its request for input. The submission addresses the mitigation potential of the land transport sector through wide scale adoption of a new policy paradigm in the sector and implementation of the Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport made at and after Rio+20.

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