Economics, Trade & Investment

Durban Climate Change Conference Expected to Operationalize Cancun Initiatives [viewed]

Durban Climate Change Conference - November 201128 November 2011: The UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, opened on 28 November 2011, and will continue until 9 December. The event includes the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the seventh Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 7).

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OECD Paper Recommends Reforms for Mexico's Energy Subsidies [viewed]

OECD at 5014 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled “Fiscal Reform for a Stronger Fairer and Cleaner Mexican Economy,” which claims that Mexico's current energy subsidy structure favors higher-income energy users and hinders the transition to low-carbon sources of energy.

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UNDP's Poverty in Focus Magazine Focuses on Social Sustainability [viewed]

Poverty in Focus - Issue #23November 2011: The latest issue of the Poverty in Focus magazine, published by the International Policy Centre (IPC) of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), looks at the inter-related dimensions of growth, gender, poverty and environment, including climate change mitigation and adaptation related issues.

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IEA Publishes Papers on Policies for Renewables Deployment and Market Prospects [viewed]

IEA24 November 2011: Accompanying the publication of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) new book “Deploying Renewables 2011: Best and Future Policy,” the IEA has released three Information Papers on various aspects of renewables deployment.

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World Bank Launches Climate Data Access Portal, Launches Apps Competition [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2011: The World Bank has launched a new Climate Change Knowledge Portal as part of its Open Data Initiative, which links users to over 250 climate indicators and includes visualization tools depicting temperature and rainfall scenarios to the year 2100.

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World Bank Approves Additional Financing for Turkey's Electricity from Renewables Program [viewed]

World Bank22 November 2011: The World Bank has approved additional financing for US$500 million to tap Turkey's significant renewable energy potential from hydro, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and other resources.

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IEA Book Offers Guidance on Renewables Deployment [viewed]

Deploying Renewables 201123 November 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a book titled “Deploying Renewables 2011: Best and Future Policy Practice,” which analyzes successful renewable energy deployment policies and offers guidance for policy makers on avoiding past mistakes and overcoming incoming challenges surrounding the deployment of renewable energy.

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UNCTAD Report Discusses Adaptation and Mitigation Challenges for Maritime Transport [viewed]

Review of Maritime Transport 201123 November 2011: The 2011 Review of Maritime Transport, published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlights challenges of adapting maritime transport to the impacts of climate change, primarily sea-level rise, and provides an update on the development of measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from maritime transport.

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UN-HABITAT Calls for a Focus on Urban Areas in Adaptation Finance [viewed]

UN-HABITAT - Cities and Climate Change Initiative - Policy Note 122 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), through its Cities and Climate Change Initiative, has issued a policy note on adaptation finance in urban areas. The policy note indicates that, up to now, adaptation finance has largely overlooked urban areas. 

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IEA Paper Explores the “Boardroom Perspective” on Energy Efficiency in Industry [viewed]

The Boardroom PerspectiveNovember 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in collaboration with the Institute of Industrial Productivity (IIP), has published a new paper titled “The Boardroom Perspective: How Does Energy Efficiency Policy Influence Decision Making in Industry?” which investigates what drives decision makers in large, industrial companies to invest in energy efficiency measures.

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