Economics, Trade & Investment

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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Madrid Dialogue with GSP Calls for Ambitious Climate Action, Just Green Transition [viewed]

12 April 2011: At a dialogue organized by Sustainlabour in Madrid, international trade unions met with the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) and business and NGO representatives, to call for decisive and ambitious climate action in the lead-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (UNFCCC COP 17/CMP 7) at the end of 2011, and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) in 2012.

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Civil Society Dialogue with GSP Addresses New Technologies, Climate Resilience and Oceans [viewed]

15 March 2011: The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and the Secretariat of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) convened a roundtable discussion with civil society representatives, on 15 March 2011, in New York, US, to address issues under consideration by the Panel. 

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