Economics, Trade & Investment

ILO, Munich RE Foundation Highlight Innovations in Microinsurance [viewed]

ILO10 April 2012: The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Munich RE Foundation have released the second volume of "Microinsurance Compendium, Protecting the Poor," which highlights that the number of microinsured people has reached almost 500 million. The report emphasizes the role of microinsurance in poverty alleviation when combined with social protection, risk prevention, mitigation, and vulnerability reduction.

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Sixth Community-Based Adaptation Conference Focuses on Communication [viewed]

22 April 2012: The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sixth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA6) brought stakeholders and practitioners together to discuss community-based adaptation (CBA) planning and practices. The conference focused on communicating how communities are adapting to climate change, and addressed the following themes: scaling-up CBA; water resources; biodiversity and forests; coastal zones; health; disaster risk reduction (DRR); and vulnerable communities, including indigenous people.

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UN Chief Executives Board Releases Statement on Rio+20 [viewed]

17 April 2012: The UN System Chief Executives Board (CEB), which brings together the executive Heads of the organizations of the UN system and is chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, developed a joint statement to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) at its recent meeting.

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Fourth Africa Carbon Forum Highlights Potential for Green Economic Development in Africa [viewed]

20 April 2012: The fourth Africa Carbon Forum underscored the potential of the African continent in advancing efforts to combat climate change and ensure green economic development in the future.

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Zambia Reflects on Hosting PPCR Pilot Country Meetings [viewed]

16 April 2012: David Kaluba, Chief Economist for Zambia's Ministry of Finance and National Development, has offered insights on his country's experience in hosting a Pilot Countries Meeting for the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Programme on Climate Resilience (PPCR), highlighting that country meetings provide an opportunity to see sustainable development challenges first hand. 

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UNITAR, UNEP Launch Green Economy e-learning Course [viewed]

11 April 2012: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have launched an online learning course titled “Introduction to a Green Economy: Concepts, Principles and Applications.”

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World Bank Reports on Disaster Risk Assessment Initiative in the Pacific [viewed]

World BankApril 2012: The World Bank has reported on an initiative to develop disaster risk assessment tools and plan for future disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Pacific Island countries titled the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI).

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Nordic Council of Ministers Releases Report on Flexible Emissions Fees [viewed]

17 April 2012: The Nordic Council of Ministers has launched a report on using flexible emissions fees as an incentive to drive sustainable production and consumption. The report asks whether flexible emission fees could be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, while encouraging economic development, based on Anders Höglund's proposal for a Flexible Emissions Fee Mechanism.

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UNFCCC Releases Note on Funding Travel and Participation in Meetings [viewed]

17 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note containing a report on the policy and budgetary implications of funding travel and participation in meetings of the constituted bodies of all members and alternate members (FCCC/SBI/2012/INF.1).

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Event: World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings [viewed]

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring meetings gather Governors of the Bank and IMF to provide guidance to the management of the Bretton Woods institutions.  

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