Economics, Trade & Investment

ILO Governing Body Discusses Green Jobs, Decent Work and Sustainable Development [viewed]

ILO8 November 2011: During the 312th session of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO), delegates discussed an agenda item on green jobs, decent work and sustainable development.

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UNEP Green Economy Report Highlights Benefits of a Sustainable Growth Trajectory [viewed]

UNEP Green Economy Report Highlights Benefits of a Sustainable Growth Trajectory16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its final report on green economy. Titled "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication," the full report expands on UNEP's previous green economy publications - a synthesis for policy makers and summary of conclusions, inter alia - challenging the assumption of a trade-off between the economy and the environment. It argues that with appropriate policies, governments can grow their economies consistently with environmental goals. 

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CPF Highlights Role of Markets in Sustaining Forests [viewed]

CPF16 November 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has called for greater attention to the key role that healthy national and international markets can play in sustaining the environment, and in particular the world's forests.

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EBRD Announces Results of Energy Efficiency Programme in Ukraine [viewed]

EBRD14 November 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that the US$160 million Ukraine Energy Efficiency programme (UKEEP) will soon be completed.

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World Bank Signs Three New ERPAs for Biogas Projects in Mexico [viewed]

Banco Mundial8 November 2011: The World Bank signed three new emission reduction purchase agreements (ERPAs) with Bioenergía de Nuevo León, to buy 1 million carbon credits generated through a biogas plant in Monterrey, Mexico.

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UNESCO Releases Roadmap Towards a Sustainable World [viewed]

From Green Economies to Green SocietiesNovember 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "From green economies to green societies: UNESCO's commitment to sustainable development," which aims to feed into the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio +20), to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012. It provides the Organization's vision for Rio+20 and gives concrete examples demonstrating the Organization's work to promote sustainable development.

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UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda [viewed]

UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has led a comprehensive, national-scale post-conflict environmental assessment of Rwanda. The resulting report on Rwanda's post-conflict sustainable development urges the country to create opportunities for a transition towards a green economy.

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UNEP Risoe Centre Report Examines Perspectives on Post-2012 Carbon Markets [viewed]

15 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released its annual Perspectives Series, titled “Progressing Towards Post-2012 Carbon Markets.” The publication explores ways in which national, regional and global level carbon markets can be developed and up-scaled to sustain the involvement of the private sector in leveraging finance and innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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GEF Climate Change Fund Supports Weather Risk Insurance in the Balkans [viewed]

GEF10 November 2011: The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), administered by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is providing a US$5.5 million grant to develop the disaster and weather-risk insurance market and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change in Albania, FYR Macedonia, and Serbia.

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IDB Funds Fuel Diversification and Renewables in Barbados [viewed]

IDB10 November 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$70 million loan to support energy diversification and power saving efforts in Barbados, expected to save 4.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2029.

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