Economics, Trade & Investment

G20 Summit Preparations Focus on Green Growth [viewed]

6 October 2011: Federal Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, and the Heads of five international agencies met in Berlin, Germany, on 6 October 2011, to call for coordinated policy action to restore confidence and improve sustainable and balanced growth and employment prospects ahead of the G20 Summit to be held in Cannes, France, on 3-4 November 2011. 

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Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 [viewed]

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 will convene under the theme "The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models," whereby leaders return to their core purpose of defining what the future should look like, aligning stakeholders around that vision and inspiring their institutions to realize that vision.  

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CCCCC Update Highlights SIDS' Calls for Action on Climate [viewed]

CCCCC4 October 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the September 2011 edition of its Climate Change News Update. The edition contains a summary of major international and regional climate change-related news, highlighting calls by representatives of small island States for urgent action to mitigate climate change and to support the adaptation efforts of the poorest countries.

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en.Lighten Middle East and North Africa Conference Adopts Beirut Declaration [viewed]

30 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten Partnership has announced that government officials in the Middle East and North Africa have agreed to phase-out incandescent light bulbs.

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EBRD Invests in Renewable Energy and Efficiency Projects in Turkey [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting Turkey's investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to increase energy savings and reduce carbon emissions.

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Event: Durban Trade and Climate Change Symposium [viewed]

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is co-organising the Durban Trade and Climate Change Symposium together with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa.  

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EU Finance Ministers Recommend Progress on Climate Finance [viewed]

4 October 2011: The Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the EU, which gathers EU finance ministers, has adopted conclusions on climate finance, in which the Council stresses the need to provide a transparent report on fast-start finance to ensure trust among UNFCCC parties, confirming that the EU will report in Durban on this issue.

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EU-Brazil Summit Tackles Climate Change, Energy and Social Dimension of Rio+20 [viewed]

4 October 2011: The Fifth EU-Brazil Summit was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 4 October 2011. The resulting joint statement addresses climate change, energy and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), among other issues.

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EBRD Supports Hydropower Project in Ukraine [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a loan to finance upgrades of hydro- and electro-mechanical equipment at Ukrgidroenergo's (UHE) hydropower plants. UHE is Ukraine's state-owned operator of large hydro-generating and pump storage facilities.

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Event: Energy for All: Financing Access for the Poor [viewed]

The Oslo Energy for All 2011 high-level conference is co-organized by Norway and the International Energy Agency (IEA), and aims to explore possible ways of financing access to energy for the 1.4 billion people without access to electricity and 2.5 billion people who still use traditional biomass for cooking. Five countries from the South - Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Liberia and South Africa – have been invited to be organizing partners. High-level participants will include Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandeh Yumkella. Registration is by invitation only.  

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