Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: GEF STAP Meeting [viewed]

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold its next meeting in conjunction with the Planet Under Pressure Conference. At its meeting, STAP will seek to address the following objectives, among other tasks: define new additions to its work programme, drawing conclusions in part from the Planet Under Pressure Conference; present and discuss preliminary findings from its review of the GEF targeted research policy; and prepare for the fifth overall performance study of the GEF.  

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African Leaders Meet to Plan Actions for Sustainable Growth [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Fifth Joint Meeting of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development met to address a broad range of issues related to development under the theme "Unleashing Africa's Potential as a Pole of Global Growth."

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UNFCCC Releases GEF Submission on NAP Process in LDCs [viewed]

22 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a submission from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), as an operating entity of the financial mechanism for the operation of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), on how it could enable activities undertaken as part of the national adaptation plan (NAP) process in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.3).

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Workshop for the Caribbean on Capacity-building for Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to build capacity to: create national action plans for implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas; access funding based on these action plans; and strengthen implementation of the programme of work on the themes of governance, climate change, and valuation of the costs and benefits of protected areas, with a focus on marine protected areas (MPAs) where applicable.  

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UN Report Highlights Sustainable Development Challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

23 March 2012: A new report on sustainable development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, prepared by 13 UN agencies, has highlighted the need for the region to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in green jobs, and establish social protection floors in order to ensure a sustainable future.

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World Bank Helps Azerbaijan Reduce Gas Flaring [viewed]

World Bank23 March 2012: The World Bank has announced that its Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership has supported Azerbaijan in reducing their gas flaring emissions by half since 2008, avoiding the waste of a quarter billion cubic meters of natural gas and greatly improving the environmental performance of its oil producing activities.

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IEA Paper Reviews IEA Role in Sustainable Global Energy Management [viewed]

IEA22 March 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a document titled “Worldwide Engagement for Sustainable Energy Strategies,” detailing the IEA's role in the global energy industry over time.

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GEF, UNDP Publish Overview of Joint Projects Results [viewed]

March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have published their annual report on joint projects financed during 2011 on ecosystems and biodiversity preservation, green development strategies, and sustainable use of water and ocean resources, among other topics.

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UNCTAD and Partners Discuss Corporate Climate Change Reporting Beyond Rio+20 [viewed]

UNCTAD16 March 2012: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Climate Disclosure Standard Board (CDSB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), organized a workshop to discuss the challenges of developing a more consistent system of corporate climate change reporting that meets the needs of a green economy, one of the key issues to be addressed at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: IEA Webinar on CO2 Abatement in the Iron and Steel Industry [viewed]

The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Clean Coal Centre will present the results of its latest report 'CO2 abatement in the iron and steel industry,' by Anne Carpenter, in a webinar on Wednesday 11 April at midday (GMT). The report seeks to examine methods to abate carbon dioxide emissions in the coal and steel industry, specifically from the preparation of raw materials (coking, sintering and pelletising plants) and the production of liquid steel in oxygen or electric furnaces. The webinar will also cover direct reduction and smelting reduction processes, and iron-making in blast furnaces.  

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