Economics, Trade & Investment

GEF SGP Projects Promote Energy Efficiency, Combat Climate Change in Ukraine [viewed]

31 October 2012: The Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (SGP) has provided financial support to implement three demonstration projects to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Ukraine. The projects, implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), promote solar energy use for electricity production and hot water heating, and raise community awareness on energy efficiency and energy saving measures.

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CIF Pilot Country Meetings Discuss Progress and Experiences [viewed]

1 November 2012: The Pilot Country Meetings for the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) met from 30 October-1 November 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey, in association with the CIF 2012 Partnership Forum, which meets on 6-7 November 2012. The Pilot Country Meetings provided the opportunity for those working on CIF-financed operations to discuss progress and experiences in an open and collaborative manner.

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IDB Loan Expands Hydropower Output in Brazil [viewed]

IDB1 November 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has announced an US$ 88.7 million dollar loan to Companhia Estadual de Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica (CEEE-GT) that will expand hydroelectric power generation in Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state.

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UN-REDD Approves a $47.6 Million Budget for 2013-2014 [viewed]

2 November 2012: At its 9th Policy Board meeting, the UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) approved US$ 47.6 million in funding over two years for global and national actions.

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FAO Report Describes Role of Women in Conserving Livestock Diversity [viewed]

FAO5 November 2012: A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) finds that two-thirds of the poor individuals raising livestock are women, and that they play an important role in maintaining indigenous breeds. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Workshops Report on NIEs Accreditation to the Adaptation Fund [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the workshop report on the process and requirements for the accreditation of national implementing entities (NIEs) for direct access under the Adaptation Fund (AF) to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP)(FCCC/KP/CMP/2012/10).

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UNFCCC Releases Long-term Finance Work Programme Report [viewed]

UNFCCC6 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report on the workshops on the work programme on long-term finance (FCCC/CP/2012/3). The report includes information on the workshops and the web-based activities undertaken in the context of the work programme on long-term finance in 2012.

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UNEP Executive Director Updates CPR on Climate Change Activities [viewed]

UNEP26 September 2012: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner reported to the 120th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on UNEP activities related to climate change, among other activities.

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ITTC Approves New Strategic Plan for ITTO, US$9 Million in Funding [viewed]

10 November 2012: The International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) convened its 48th session from 5-10 November 2012, in Yokohama, Japan. The Council announced funding of US$9 million for sustainable forest management and to support trade of sustainably harvested tropical forest resources.

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Event: International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands [viewed]

This conference is held under the auspices of the Heir Apparent, His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniin, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) of Qatar Foundation, among other partners. The conference will bring together a broad range of stakeholders and will focus on three thematic areas, namely food security, water resources, and responsible investment. The conference will include a Ministerial Dialogue on Dry Lands Agriculture under a Changing Climate, which will focus on two themes: the energy-water-food nexus; and financing dry land agriculture and food production. The conference is expected to yield an outcome document with distilled summary recommendations that represent the consensus of the participants on future courses of action required under all thematic areas examined by the conference. The outcome document aims to lead to the adoption of the Doha Declaration that would clearly set a target percentage and date for the allocation of a significant proportion of the national public expenditure for programmes and projects to achieve food security on an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable basis. The outcome document will also present the main thrusts of an Action Plan to follow-up on agreed recommendations and commitments.  

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