Economics, Trade & Investment

UNDP, World Bank Hold Workshop to Establish Viet Nam CFO Platform [viewed]

27 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank held a design workshop to develop a Climate Finance Options (CFO) Platform for Viet Nam (CFO-CN) in Hanoi, Viet Nam. This knowledge platform is expected to facilitate increased collaboration on, and discussion of, climate finance in Viet Nam.

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UNFCCC Releases Budget Programme for 2014-15 [viewed]

UNFCCC27 March 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the budget programme for the biennium 2014-15 for consideration by the 38th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38) to be held in June 2013. The document (FCCC/SBI/2013/6) presents the human and financial resources to implement the UNFCCC Secretariat's work programme, including the details on the approach to frame the budget proposal.

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Fifth BRICS Summit Discusses Partnership for Development in Africa [viewed]

27 March 2013: Representatives from Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) met in Durban, South Africa, on 27 March 2013, at the Fifth BRICS Summit, which addressed the theme “BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialization.” The Summit concluded with the adoption of the eThekwini Declaration, which considers a range of international issues, including the global economy, sustainable development, climate change and trade.

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Adaptation Fund Deploys Interactive Mapping Tool [viewed]

Adaptation Fund27 March 2013: The Adaptation Fund Secretariat has launched a tool providing users access to data on the Fund's projects and programmes through a mapping portal.

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ADB Releases Pacific Economic Monitor on Energy Security and Renewables Deployment Efforts [viewed]

ADB26 March 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released the March 2013 edition of its Pacific Economic Monitor (PEM), which includes four energy themed articles. The articles focus on Pacific efforts to achieve energy security and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

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AfDB, British High Commission Host Workshop on Geothermal Development in Tanzania [viewed]

AfDB14 March 2013: The Government of Tanzania has hosted a workshop to identify pathways to an effective legal and regulatory framework to support the development of geothermal energy in the country. The workshop, co-organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and British High Commission, convened government officials, private developers, geothermal resource survey specialists, development partners, lawyers and civil society representatives from 13-14 March 2013 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

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IFPRI Global Food Policy Report Urges Increased Action to Fight Hunger [viewed]

March 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released the 2012 Global Food Policy Report, which projects that the international community will fall short of meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.

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ICAO Supports Indonesia in Reducing Emissions from Aviation [viewed]

27 March 2013: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced the launch of a large-scale Environmental Measures Project, which will be undertaken jointly between Indonesia's Ministry of Transport and ICAO's Technical Co-operation Bureau (ICAO-TCB).

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Event: Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth [viewed]

The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013. The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between growth and conservation, private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.  

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Pacific Energy Summit Secures Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding [viewed]

26 March 2013: The Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland, New Zealand, which brought together Pacific Island leaders, international investment and development banks, aid donor countries and private sector representatives, resulted in funding commitments of US$635 million to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Pacific Island countries.

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