Economics, Trade & Investment

EU Launches Consultation on Implementation Rules for ETS [viewed]

15 April 2011: The Directorate-General for Climate Action of the European Commission has launched a public consultation on two forthcoming regulations related to the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) concerning monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gases (GHGs), accreditation of verifiers and verification of annual emission reports.

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Focuses on Sustainable Urban Development [viewed]

15 April 2011: The 23rd session of the Governing Council (GC-23) of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) took place from 11-15 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, under the theme “sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to land and housing, basic services and infrastructure.”

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European Commission Proposes to Overhaul Energy Taxation [viewed]

13 April 2011: The European Commission has unveiled a proposal to overhaul the rules on the taxation of energy products in the EU. The proposal includes new rules to restructure the taxation of energy products to remove current imbalances and take into account both their emissions and energy content.

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EU Publishes Text of Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru [viewed]

13 April 2011: The EU has published the text of its trade agreement with Colombia and Peru, which includes commitments to effectively implement international conventions on environmental protection.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on NEPAD Implementation [viewed]

April 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution (A/65/L.69) at its 65th session under agenda item 62 (a) on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), regarding progress in implementation and international support. 

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UNECE and Partners Publish 2010 MDG Report [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published the report "The MDGs in Europe and Central Asia: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward.”

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Discussion Paper from OECD International Transport Forum Examines Green Growth [viewed]

March 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum has released a Discussion Paper by Stephen Perkins, titled “Green Growth and Transport.” 

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UNFCCC Parties Select Transitional Committee for Green Climate Fund [viewed]

15 April 2011: Parties to the UNFCCC have selected the 40 members of the Transitional Committee that will be in charge of designing the Green Climate Fund, the new institution agreed upon in Cancun that will manage long-term finance mobilized to enable developing countries to address climate change.

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UNEP Convenes Business Leaders in Debate on Green Economy [viewed]

14 April 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the French postal service Le Groupe La Poste, convened the 2011 Business and Industry Global Dialogue, from 11-12 April 2011, in Paris, France.

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World Bank to Implement Green Truck GEF Project in China [viewed]

13 April 2011: The World Bank approved a Global Environment Facility (GEF) project to demonstrate the local and environmental benefits of green truck technology to over 500,000 truck operators in the Guandong Province of China.

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