Economics, Trade & Investment

JFPR, ADB Support Water Management and Railway Reform in Thailand [viewed]

ADB24 January 2013: Thailand has received two technical assistance grants, funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) and administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to support water and flood management, and to assist with accounting and financial management reform in the railway sector.

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Acclimate Project Concludes, IOC Member States Adopt Regional Adaptation Strategy [viewed]

22 January 2013: The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has reported on the conclusion of Acclimate, a four-year project dedicated to climate change adaptation. The culmination of the project's work, a regional strategy for climate change adaption, was adopted by the IOC's 28th Council of Ministers on 17 January 2013, in the Seychelles.

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UN Secretary-General Outlines Ways to Advance Sustainable Development [viewed]

17 January 2013: In a lecture delivered at Stanford University, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the current state of the world and "the future we must shape together." He outlined three ways to navigate our way through this "Great Transition," namely by advancing sustainable development, helping people meet their aspirations for democracy and dignity, and empowering women and young people.

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First Energy Ministerial of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) Adopts Abu Dhabi Declaration [viewed]

16 January 2013: Energy ministers and senior government officials from South American and Arab countries (ASPA) have adopted the Abu Dhabi Declaration on enhanced cooperation at the bi-regional mechanism's inaugural meeting on energy.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for a Faster Shift to a Low-carbon Economy [viewed]

16 January 2013: In an address to the World Future Energy Summit, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres urged the creation of a workable future energy mix that meets the world population's needs without increasing vulnerability.

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Event: GEF Familiarization Seminar on GEF-5 Activities [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Familiarization Seminar will review strategies, programs, policies and procedures of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) through interactive sessions drawing from a diversity of participant perspectives. The seminar is targeted for new GEF Agency personnel, new operational focal points and selected convention focal points.

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UNDP Releases NCF Discussion Paper and Asia-Pacific Case Studies [viewed]

15 January 2013: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Asia-Pacific office has published a discussion paper, titled “National Climate Funds: Learning from the Experience of Asia-Pacific countries.” The paper was released together with seven case studies examining national climate funds (NCFs), mechanisms to direct finance towards climate change projects and programmes in Bhutan, Laos People's Democratic Republic, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Micronesia and Tuvalu. 

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Reports on Renewables in Africa, Cost-Competitiveness of Renewable Energy, and 2030 Roadmap Released during IRENA Assembly [viewed]

IRENA14 January 2013: At the third session of the IRENA Assembly, which took place from 13-14 January 2013, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), IRENA released new publications on the future of renewable energy in Africa and the increasing cost-competitiveness of renewable energy, and launched a global roadmap to doubling the share of renewable energy to 30% by the year 2030.

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OECD's Copenhagen Green Growth Study Recommends "Radical" Green Innovation [viewed]

OECDDecember 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an analysis of Greater Copenhagen, Denmark, on measuring the potential of local green growth. The analysis makes ten recommendations aimed at stimulating green innovation and competitiveness, and financing innovation and developing “knowledge intensive green activities.”

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ADB Finances "Green" Buses in People's Republic of China [viewed]

ADB15 January 2013: According to a press release, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that it has earmarked $275 million for financing public buses with lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in major cities in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

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