Economics, Trade & Investment

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook Predicts Higher Food Prices [viewed]

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2011-202017 June 2011: The Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020, produced jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), predicts that prices for agricultural commodities will fall in the short run but increase over the next decade to average 20-30% higher in real terms than over the 2001-2010 period.

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PIFS Announces First Country to Access the Pacific Environment Community Fund [viewed]

PIF17 June 2011: The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has announced that the Government of Samoa is the first country to access the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund. The PEC Fund is a commitment of US$66 million by the Government of Japan to support Forum Island Country (FIC) projects on the provision of solar power generation systems and sea water desalination plants.

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UNIDO's Magazine Highlights Benefits of Agribusiness [viewed]

Making It: Industry for Development - Agribusiness: From farm to forkJune 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the sixth edition of its magazine, “Making It: Industry for Development.” The newest edition is sub-titled “Agribusiness: From farm to fork.”

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UNEP FI Convenes North American Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles [viewed]

UNEP FI13 June 2011: As part of its work to develop sustainability principles for the insurance industry, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) convened a consultation with North American stakeholders from 12-13 June 2011, in Guelph, Canada.  

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UNEP Participates in Seventh World Chambers Congress [viewed]

UNEP Participates in Seventh World Chambers Congress13 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) participated in the biannual seventh World Chambers Congress, which was organized by the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Chamber Federation and convened in Mexico City, Mexico, from 8-10 June.

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Adaptation Fund Board Launches Accreditation Toolkit [viewed]

Adaptation Fund16 June 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) launched a toolkit that aims to provide a practical “how-to” guide to assist countries in the accreditation process for their national implementing entity (NIE) for the Adaptation Fund.

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UNDP, GEF Introduce Energy Efficient Brick Technology in Bangladesh [viewed]

UNDP, GEF Introduce Energy Efficient Brick Technology in BangladeshJune 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have introduced an energy efficient, smokeless brick-making technology to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Bangladesh.

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Event: Research Workshop on Evaluating Policies, Programmes and Projects to Fight Desertification [viewed]

The French Desertification Scientific Committee (CSFD) and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute in Montpellier (IAMM) are organizing a research workshop/seminar on Policies, Programmes and Projects to Fight Desertification, in cooperation with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat and its Global Mechanism. The workshop will provide an opportunity for a broad variety of different actors fighting desertification to clarify controversial points and improve the evaluation process to make actions more effective. The workshop intends to contribute at the international level to the preparation of the second UNCCD Scientific Conference and to promote French expertise within an international framework.  

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IEA Report Investigates Trends in Bioenergy Trade [viewed]

International Energy Agency (IEA)June 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) published a report, titled “Developing Sustainable Trade in Bioenergy: Summary and Conclusions from the IEA Bioenergy ExCo65 Workshop,” which lays out perspectives on bioenergy trade, with a focus on Asia.

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UN Marks World Day to Combat Desertification [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2011: The annual World Day to Combat Desertification was marked on 17 June 2011, with events and statements from leaders around the world. The specific focus of the Day was on forests in the drylands areas of the world, in keeping with the International Year on Forests (2011), and guided by the motto: “Forests keep drylands working.”

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