Economics, Trade & Investment

EU Energy Commissioner Highlights Importance of EU Covenant of Mayors for EU-China Mayors' Forum [viewed]

8 May 2012: At the opening session of the European Union (EU)-China urbanization partnership, the EU's Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, announced that the Covenant of Mayors will play a critical role in the upcoming EU-China Mayors' Forum, enhancing opportunities for sharing best practices and peer-to-peer cooperation.

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AfDB's Climate Finance Newsletter Focuses on Pioneering Green Growth [viewed]

AfDBMay 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has published the March-April issue of its Climate Finance Newsletter. This issue underscores that the AfDB is currently preparing its Long Term Strategy, which will cover the period from 2013-2022 and will aim to support Africa's transformation into a stable, competitive, integrated and greener continent.

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First Africa Human Development Report Explores Food Security, Links to Gender and Environment [viewed]

15 May 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the first Africa Human Development Report (HDR), titled "Towards a Food Secure Future." The report finds that African governments' bias toward investing in towns rather than rural areas, and men rather than women, are the key factors explaining Africa's food insecurity.

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UNFCCC Presents NAMAs Registry Prototype [viewed]

15 May 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has officially presented a prototype of a registry for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs). The presentation took place at the 36th session of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI), taking place in Bonn, Germany.

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IDB and SAAB to Collaborate in Sustainable Urban Development [viewed]

IDB11 May 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and SAAB, a Swedish defense and security company, have agreed to work together on an initiative to support sustainable development in cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Stockholm, Sweden, on 11 May 2012.

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World Bank Publishes Report on Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils [viewed]

World Bank10 May 2010: The World Bank has published a report presenting state of the art knowledge on the impact of different land management practices on soil carbon sequestration rates across the world.

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Peru Seeks FAO Support to Coordinate Its Forestry Sector [viewed]

FAO7 May 2012: The Peruvian Government has formally asked the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to coordinate the various entities and initiatives, public and private, national and international, involved with its forestry sector. The request was formulated during an FAO programming mission to Peru in April 2012.

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CIFAL Jeju Holds Workshop on Low-Carbon Cities in the Asia Pacific Region [viewed]

4 May 2012: CIFAL Jeju convened a workshop on green growth and low-carbon cities in the Asia-Pacific region, during which participants shared common challenges and good practices in implementing green growth policies.

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UN Independent Experts Call for a Global Financial Transaction Tax [viewed]

14 May 2012: A group of UN independent experts has called on the Group of Eight Industrialized Nations (G8) and EU countries to support a proposal for a global financial transaction tax (FTT). Such a tax would be applied to mitigate the costs of the economic, financial, fuel, climate and food crises, and to protect basic human rights.

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Pavilion Showcases UN's Work on "Living Ocean and Coast" at Expo 2012 [viewed]

12 May 2012: The UN Pavilion has opened at the International Exposition 2012 (Expo 2012) in Yeosu, Republic of Korea, under the theme "Oceans and Coasts: Connecting Our Lives, Ensuring Our Future—The Choice is Yours." The Expo is the first international exposition focusing on ocean, coasts and islands in international recognition of their role, and is organized around the overall theme "The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities."

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