Economics, Trade & Investment

EBRD Seminar Discusses Second Generation Biofuels [viewed]

15 March 2013: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) organized a seminar, titled “Waste-to-Energy and Next-Generation Biofuels,” which brought together 18 agricultural companies, industry experts and investors from 12 countries to discuss the economic potential associated with agricultural residues, in particular for the production of second generation biofuels.

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GEF Holds Workshop on Monitoring, Capacity Building in Western Sahel [viewed]

GEF14 March 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has completed a three-day Expanded Capacity Workshop (ECW) for the West African Sahel, bringing together focal points from the GEF, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

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AfDB Climate Finance Newsletter Reports on CIF Projects [viewed]

AfDBMarch 2013: The January-February issue of the African Development Bank's (AfDB) Climate Finance newsletter highlights the publication of a report, titled "Financing Change: The AfDB and CIF for a Climate-Smart Africa," which documents the Bank's work in implementing its Climate Investment Funds (CIF) portfolio.

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Event: TICAD V [viewed]

The Fifth Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD V) is being convened under the theme "Hand in Hand for a More Dynamic Africa". Discussions are expected to be focused around four main topics: economic growth; achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); consolidation of peace/ good governance; and climate change. TICAD V is organized by Government of Japan, the UN Office of the Special Advisor to Africa, the World Bank, and the African Union (AU).  

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GEF SGP Implements Community Based Adaptation Portfolio in Caribbean SIDS [viewed]

SGP6 March 2013: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has announced it is implementing a portfolio of Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) projects of over US$16 million, leveraged from various partners and donors.

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UN Global Compact Bulletin Highlights Local Networks, Advisor on Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

March 2013: Among other events and activities, the latest issue of the UN Global Compact Bulletin: highlights the annual regional meeting of Global Compact Local Networks from Africa and the Middle East, held from 11-13 February 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya; outlines updates to align the Advanced Communication on Progress (COP) requirements with the Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership; and announces the appointment of Special Advisors.

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Event: IPBES-2 [viewed]

The second meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will address, inter alia: the initial work programme of the Platform; financial and budgetary arrangements for the Platform; and rules and procedures for the operations of the Platform, including for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel. The meeting is scheduled for 9-14 December 2013, in Antalya, Turkey.  

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UNDP Launches 2013 Human Development Report on “Rise of the South” [viewed]

UNDP14 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the 2013 Human Development Report (HDR), titled “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World.”

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UNDP Official Highlights Links between Disaster and Development [viewed]

UNDP13 March 2013: In the latest “Our Perspective” publication from UN Development Programme (UNDP), Jo Scheuer, Coordinator of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Recovery, UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), has emphasized linkages between development and disasters, and recommending disaster be addressed in the post-2015 agenda.

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WIPO Conference Discusses Intellectual Property Policies in Africa [viewed]

13 March 2013: African Ministers for science and technology from approximately 20 countries, along with researchers and entrepreneurs, attended the "African Conference on the Strategic Importance of Intellectual Property Policies to Foster Innovation, Value Creation and Competitiveness" to discuss how developing countries can boost their national innovation strategies and address key global challenges such as health, food security and climate change.

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