Economics, Trade & Investment

AMCEN Special Session Endorses African Common Climate Position [viewed]

19 September 2011: African Ministers for the Environment met for the Fourth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) and concluded with the adoption of the Bamako Declaration, which endorsed the African Common Position as the basis for negotiations at the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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Event: IRENA IITC Renewables Competitiveness and Innovation Workshop [viewed]

This workshop on renewables competitiveness and innovation is organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC), upon the occasion of its inauguration of the IITC. It will be attended by high level government representatives, business and industry, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs. The workshop will have sessions on: the economics of renewables, focusing on competitiveness, costs and benefits; innovation for accelerated development; the next big developments in renewables; and the IITC roadmap.  

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IDB Finances Public Transport Infrastructure in Colombian Cities [viewed]

IDB15 September 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved US$320 million in loans to Colombia for the development of public transport system in four cities, focusing on improving public transport and shortening circulation times of public vehicles, thus cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, expected to benefit 800,000 passengers daily.

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UNEP Report Calls for Transition to Green Economy in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

15 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), IGES (Japan) and Chinese Academy of Sciences, has released a report titled “Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook for Asia and the Pacific,” which calls for a new “green” industrial revolution through improvements in resource efficiency.

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UNITAR Workshop Strengthens Thailand's Green Diplomacy Capacity [viewed]

9 September 2011: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand organized a workshop on multilateral and green diplomacy aimed to strengthen Thai Government's capacity to engage in climate change negotiations in the lead-up to the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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WFP-Led Public-Private Partnership Expands Rural Resilience Initiative to Senegal [viewed]

19 September 2011: The World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam America have committed to expanding their R4 Rural Resilience initiative, with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swiss RE, from Ethiopia to Senegal over the next five years.

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World Bank, GEF Fund Kiribati's Adaptation Programme [viewed]

15 September 2011: The World Bank has approved the third phase of the Kiribati Adaptation Program (KAP III), a project that will invest US$10.8 million to improve the resilience of Kiribati to the impacts of climate change on freshwater supply and coastal infrastructure.

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IICA, SEGIB and LATN to Cooperate on Food Security, Climate Change and Trade [viewed]

14 September 2011: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Iberoamerican General Secretariat (SEGIB) and the Latin American Trade Network (LATN) have agreed to cooperate to analyze the relationship among food security, climate change impacts and trade in the countries of Central America and the Andean Region.

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UNEP, Mexico to Cooperate on Green Economy and Low-carbon Development [viewed]

12 September 2011: Mexico's Environment Minister, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, and the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, have signed a cooperation agreement on green economy and sustainable low-carbon development. The agreement was signed against the backdrop of the Ministerial Meeting on Short Lived Climate Forcers hosted by Mexico.

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IFC's Post-2012 Carbon Facility Shows Private Sector Interest in Carbon Markets [viewed]

September 2011: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, reached full subscription of over US$200 million for its Post-2012 Carbon Facility, helping secure what is expected to be at least US$2 billion in low carbon growth across the developing world despite uncertain carbon market conditions.

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