Economics, Trade & Investment

IEA Presents Least-Cost Policy Measures for Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

International Energy Agency (IEA)September 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a new information paper titled “Summing up the parts: Combining Policy Instruments for Least-Cost Climate Mitigation Strategies.”

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ADB Funds Solar Power Project in India [viewed]

ADB13 September 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $100 million loan to finance a roll-out of new large-scale solar power facilities in Gujarat, India.

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IDB to Invest in Adaptation to Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

IDB12 September 2011: The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is investing US$1.5 million to launch an initiative that will help small and medium-sized enterprises in Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas and Belize to adopt business practices to minimize the impact of climate change on productive activities.

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42nd Pacific Island Forum Develops Communique and Joint Statement from Leaders and UN Secretary-General [viewed]

PIF9 September 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the 42nd Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), where he engaged in an interactive dialogue with Forum leaders and released a joint statement with leaders. The 42nd PIF convened in Auckland, New Zealand, from 7-8 September 2011.

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IDB, Mexico Launch Sustainable Energy Technologies Contest [viewed]

IDB7 September 2011: Mexico and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea, have announced a joint contest to fund applied research and technological development projects on sustainable energy, with a total prize of US$2.5 million.

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UNEP FI Convenes Oceania Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles [viewed]

UNEP FISeptember 2011: As part of its work to develop sustainability principles for the insurance industry, the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) convened a consultation with Oceania stakeholders from 11-12 August 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand. The meeting was the fourth of seven UN-convened regional consultation meetings on the sustainability principles for the insurance industry.

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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits South African Institute as a National Implementing Entity [viewed]

Adaptation Fund8 September 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board has accredited the South African National Institute for Biodiversity (SANBI) as a National Implementing Entity (NIE).

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GEF Reports on Outcomes of Protected Area Projects in Liberia [viewed]

7 September 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has reported on the results of three projects implemented in Liberia to strengthen its protected area system and protect rare species, including the pygmy hippopotamus.

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EU Report Highlights Growth in Global Photovoltaics Production [viewed]

5 September 2011: The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a report that indicates that the global production of photovoltaics (PV) has more than doubled in 2010, making it one of the world's fastest growing industries.

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EBRD Supports Sustainable Urban Transport Strategy in Poland [viewed]

30 August 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has granted a loan to co-finance the acquisition of new, energy efficient rolling stocks in Poland.

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