Economics, Trade & Investment

GEF Council Evaluates Reducing Fees, Discusses Private Sector Engagement [viewed]

10 November 2011: During its 41st meeting, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved its work programme for the next year and initiated the search for a new CEO. The work programme includes 40 project concepts and nine programmatic approaches, including 11 for the biodiversity focal area, eight on climate change, two on international waters, 23 on land degradation, and five on persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

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GEF Council, LDCF and SCCF Approve Projects on Climate Change and Blue Carbon [viewed]

10 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, at its 41st Council Meeting, approved decisions on the administration of the GEF as well as a work programme of 40 stand-alone projects and nine programmatic approaches amounting to US$516.40 million, including several climate change and energy-related projects. Projects were also approved within the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).

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CAF Invests in Clean Energy Fund for Latin America [viewed]

4 November 2011: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) has announced that it will make a US$10 million equity investment in the Latin America CleanTech Fund II.

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European Parliament Studies Climate Change Effects in Outermost Regions [viewed]

November 2011: The European Parliament has published a study titled “The Role of Regional Policy in Addressing the Effects of Climate Change in Outermost Regions,” which explores potential effects of climate change on the EU Outermost regions, and presents the measures and initiatives within EU Regional Policy supporting mitigation and/or adaption measures in these regions.

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World Energy Outlook 2011 Warns Against Unsustainable Energy Future [viewed]

9 November 2011: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) annual flagship publication, the “World Energy Outlook 2011,” stresses that increasing investments in high-carbon infrastructure are making the 2°C international climate change goal more challenging and expensive to meet.

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Work Programme on Loss and Damage [viewed]

9 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.13), which synthesizes the views and information submitted by parties and relevant organizations on various thematic areas to be addressed in the implementation of the work programme on loss and damage.

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UN Viet Nam Marks UN Day [viewed]

8 November 2011: UN Greening the Blue has announced that the UN office in Viet Nam hosted a green picnic, for staff, family and friends, to mark UN Day on 24 October 2011. The event aimed to raise awareness of environmental issues through green booths and quizzes. 

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UN-HABITAT and Partners Support Climate Resilience of Coastal Sri Lankan Cities [viewed]

4 November 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), the University of Moratuwa, the Batticaloa Municipal Council (BMC) and the Negombo Municipal Council (NMC), has launched a project titled "Climate Resilient Action Plans for Coastal Urban Areas, Sri Lanka (CCSL)" aimed at enhancing the resilience to climate change of coastal Sri Lankan cities through disaster risk management.

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ICID+19 Develops Declaration of Niamey on Drylands [viewed]

October 2011: Approximately one hundred participants, scientists and policymakers from Africa, Brazil, Argentina and France, as well as representatives from international organizations, met in Niamey, Niger, from 24-25 October 2011, at the “Fight Against Desertification in Africa” conference, also known as ICID+19 Africa.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Launch of Green Climate Fund in Durban [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General8 November 2011: In a speech delivered to a “Friends on Climate Change” group breakfast, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined his expectations ahead of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year, stressing the need for Durban to "at least" complete what was agreed in Cancun.

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