Economics, Trade & Investment

SE4ALL Publishes Global Action Agenda to Encourage Concerted Action on Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

25 April 2012: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative has published an Action Agenda, containing summaries of key action areas to realize SE4ALL and an implementation roadmap to begin working towards that goal.

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Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change Calls for Building on Durban [viewed]

EU8 May 2012: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change brought together representatives from 30 countries, including from least developed countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), to build on the achievements of the Durban Climate Change Conference. The meeting, which was hosted by the EU, also provided an opportunity for Ministers to discuss the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Global Fuel Economy Initiative Launches Three Year Global Fuel Efficiency Campaign [viewed]

GFEI3 May 2012: The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) has launched a three-year campaign as part of an effort to improve vehicle fuel economy around the world. The GFEI's 2012-15 objectives include include, inter alia: supporting countries on fuel economy policies, raising awareness on fuel economies, and using data to assist countries policies to address fuel economy.

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International Transport Forum Releases the Transport Outlook 2012 [viewed]

Transport Outlook 2012May 2012: The International Transport Forum (ITF) has released its 2012 Transport Outlook on Seamless Transport for Greener Growth.

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UNESCO and Partners Highlight Value of Blue Carbon Initiatives [viewed]

UNESCO IOC26 April 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IOC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI) organized a side event on the margins of the second round of "informal-informal" consultations on the zero draft of the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), to sensitize UN delegates of the potential value of national investment in coastal ecosystem conservation through blue carbon initiatives, as mean to ensure to long term sustainability of coastal areas and green economic development while mitigating climate change.

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UNDP Hosts Regional Dialogue on Climate Change Finance in Africa [viewed]

UNDPApril 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) recently hosted a regional dialogue on climate change finance in Africa that aimed to build the capacities of countries to better plan, access, deliver, monitor, and report on climate finance. The meeting brought together government representatives from Ministries of Finance and Environment from Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

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Event: 14th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment [viewed]

The 14th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN-14) will provide a platform for African Ministers to debate the key outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and address other emerging issues related to sustainable development and the environment in Africa. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to the Ministers to refine their strategies on a common approach to engaging with the international community in the climate change negotiation process and in preparation of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 18), to take place at the end of 2012 in Doha, Qatar. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has served as the Secretariat of AMCEN since its inception.  

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Clean Energy Ministerial Publishes Chair's Summary of London Summit [viewed]

7 May 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has published the Chair's Summary of the recent third CEM in London, UK, which took place from 25-26 April, 2012. The Summary reviews the events and outcomes of the meeting and also notes key interventions made by participating Ministers and observers in sessions on clean energy, energy efficiency, energy for all, and cross-cutting topics.

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Transport Forum Concludes with Declaration on Sustainable Transport [viewed]

ITF4 May 2012:  The International Transport Forum (ITF) Annual Summit, held from 2-4 May 2012, in Leipzig, Germany, on “Seamless Transport: Making Connections,” concluded with a common declaration signed by Ministers. The declaration emphasizes the need for seamless transport for mobility and sustainable economic growth, as well as the importance of sustainable transport systems for economic prosperity, environmental protection, safety and security of society.

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World Bank Supports Green Growth, Disaster Risk Management in Brazilian State [viewed]

World Bank1 May 2012: The World Bank approved a US$480 million loan to the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to support a series of green growth projects in areas such as private sector development, public transport systems, education, and disaster risk management.

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