Economics, Trade & Investment

EIB Grants Climate Mitigation Loan to China [viewed]

3 December 2010: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a 500 million euro loan to China to fund projects supporting climate change mitigation.

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EU Approves New Rules on Illegal Timber [viewed]

3 December 2010: New rules to prevent illegal timber being sold on the European market have come into force across the EU, in order to strengthen efforts to halt illegal logging causing serious environmental damage and biodiversity loss, and undermining sustainable forest management. 

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UNDP Portrays Latin America and Caribbean as a Biodiversity Superpower [viewed]

UNDP2 December 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a report titled "Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower" during the Ibero-American Summits of Heads of State and Governments held in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Calls for Public Input [viewed]

1 December 2010: As agreed at its 58th meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched two calls for public inputs.

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UNEP Launches CDM Methodologies and Technologies Selection Tool [viewed]

December 2010: the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has launched a tool to assist Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) stakeholders in choosing the most appropriate and relevant methodologies and technologies for their CDM projects.

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Event: 17th ILO American Regional Meeting [viewed]

This meeting is convened by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and is intended to provide a forum for tripartite delegations to express their opinions on the themes addressed by the Report prepared by the Director-General of the ILO for this meeting. The Meeting will host a series of four Dialogues about issues related to the lessons of the crisis for the World of Work, decent work challenges, and innovative experiences, including green jobs.  

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EU Announces Climate Change Windows for Regional Funding [viewed]

29 November 2010: The EU has announced specific climate change "windows" in all EU regional investment facilities, to enable tracking of all climate change-related projects funded by the EU, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and other European Finance Institutions, encompassing both public and private investments in the areas of transport, energy, environment, water, sanitation and forests.

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World Bank and UNDP Launch Climate Finance Options Database [viewed]

30 November 2010: The World Bank and UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a Climate Finance Options platform, which allows users to track climate-change related finance by region, focus area, sector or financing mechanism.

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GEF Endorses Projects on Biodiversity, Climate Change, International Waters and POPs [viewed]

November 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) gave a final green light to a series of full-sized projects during the month of November, which allows their final approval by implementing agencies to commence activities, including on: biodiversity conservation in Venezuela, Lao PDR and Ecuador; climate change in Chile; and removal of HCFCs in the Russian Federation.

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EEA Releases Fourth Environment State and Outlook Report [viewed]

30 November 2010: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released its fourth Environment State and Outlook report (SOER 2010), which aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of environmental change in Europe and action taken to shift to a resource-efficient green economy.

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