Economics, Trade & Investment

Green Climate Fund Board Selects Host [viewed]

20 October 2012: During its second meeting, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) selected Songdo, Incheon City, Republic of Korea, as the host city of the Fund.

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NEFCO Workshop Discusses Financing NAMAs [viewed]

NEFCO4 October 2012: The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) hosted an international workshop on financing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to discuss key issues, share experiences and provide practical insights for climate negotiators and financing institutions.

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AfDB Publishes First CIF Report [viewed]

AfDB18 October 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released its first semi-annual report on the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) in Africa, titled “CIF in Action.” The report highlights projects and investment plans in 15 African countries and the Middle East and North African region (MENA) that aim to support transformations in clean technology, climate-resilient development, increased energy access through renewable energy and sustainable management of forests.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for REDD+ Day [viewed]

16 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, convened for REDD+ Day on 16 October 2012.

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Second Committee Holds Substantive Discussion on SDGs [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee convened a special event on “Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 16 October 2012. The event served as an initial opportunity for participants to discuss the SDGs, in light of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcome decision to develop a proposal for SDGs to be considered during the UNGA's 68th session.

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World Bank, Germany Sign MOU in Support of Climate Investment Readiness [viewed]

World Bank12 October 2012: The German Government has partnered with the World Bank to provide €9.4 million to developing countries in support for climate investment readiness and for the design of low-carbon development plans.

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Land Day Convenes at Rio Conventions Pavilion [viewed]

15 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, convened for Land Day, the sixth such day-long event focused on sustainable development and land issues.

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OECD Paper Recommends Policy Coherence to Increase Institutional Investments in Clean Energy [viewed]

OECDSeptember 2012: A working paper by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled "The Role of Institutional Investors in Financing Clean Energy," assesses the potential role of institutional investors in providing financing for clean energy investments and identifies current barriers in this respect.

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OECD Policy Brief Highlights Importance of Cooperation on and Transfers of CCMTs [viewed]

OECDSeptember 2012: A policy brief by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), titled “Energy and Climate Policy: Bending the Technological Trajectory,” analyzes innovation in energy and climate change mitigation technologies (CCMTs), international research cooperation on CCMTs, and the current and potential role of public policy in this respect. 

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IMO's Environment Committee Considers Energy Efficiency, Ballast Water Management and Ship Recycling [viewed]

IMO9 October 2012: The 64th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) addressed issues related to energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling. The session also led to the establishment of a new Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the Saba Bank, in the north-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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