Economics, Trade & Investment

UNCTAD Report Makes the Case for Development-led Globalization [viewed]

7 February 2012: In his report to the 13th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi has proposed replacing the pattern of finance-driven globalization (FDG) currently dominating international relations with a model of development-led globalization (DLG).

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EEA Reports Recommend Environmental Tax Reform [viewed]

9 January 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released two reports on European Tax Reform (ETR). The reports, titled “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Opportunities for Eco-innovation” and “Environmental Tax Reform in Europe: Implications for Income Distribution,” highlight that implementing the ERT could spur eco-innovation, create jobs, and result in environmental benefits, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. 

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Event: Carbon Expo 2012 [viewed]

The international trade fair and conference for emissions trading, carbon abatement solutions and clean technologies is sponsored by the World Bank. A three-day program will feature over 250 speakers in plenaries and workshops. The conference will provide insights into national situation reports, latest knowledge and trends, and discuss links between trading and other international policies and developments.  

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Voting Process for CSO Representatives at FCPF Opens [viewed]

6 February 2012: The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has announced that the voting process is open to select observers for three "Southern" civil society organizations (CSOs) and one "Northern" CSO to attend the Participants Committee meetings of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is hosted at the World Bank.

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World Youth Report 2011 Indicates Youth Interest in Green Jobs [viewed]

6 February 2012: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released the 2011 World Youth Report. The Report centers on the contributions from people aged 15-30, through an online consultation process regarding youth employment. Discussions revealed concern that educational systems are not preparing youth to compete for jobs, as well as young people's interest in climate change, social equity, and innovation in green technologies and communications.

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World Bank Welcomes Apps for Climate Submissions [viewed]

3 February 2012: The World Bank will hold an online chat to help prospective participants at the ongoing Apps For Climate Competition submit new software developments to address climate change challenges.

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World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice e-Bulletin Highlights Africa Carbon Forum [viewed]

February 2012: The February issue of the World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice e-Bulletin highlights a webinar on the results of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the Apps for Climate Competition and the organization of the Africa Carbon Forum.

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Latin American Workshop Discusses Adaptation in Urban Settings [viewed]

January 2012: The outcomes and conclusions of the Regional Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Settings have been published. The workshop was supported by, inter alia, the European Commission, the Government of Switzerland, the Adaptation Fund and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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Event: Fourth African Carbon Forum [viewed]

The fourth African Carbon Forum is being held under the theme "Promoting Green and Low Carbon Development in Africa". Organized by the Nairobi Framework Partners, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Risoe Centre (URC), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank (WB) and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), the Forum will host a series of plenary sessions, round tables and workshops to discuss topics related to the carbon market in Africa. Topics to be addressed include the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, plans of action and scaled-up mitigation actions, improving energy access in Africa and REDD+.  

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Event: Adaptation in Practice [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Evaluation Office will hold a Webinar on Adaptation in Practice to present findings from its most recent evaluation on the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the challenges encountered through its evaluations on adaptation funding under the Strategic Priority for Adaptation (SPA) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). Time: 8.30 - 9.30 in New York and Washington, DC; 14.30 - 15.30 in Bonn, Paris, Rome, and Luanda; 20.30 - 21.30 in Bangkok, Jakarta and Phnom Penh.  

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