Economics, Trade & Investment

GEF's Greenline Highlights Work on Energy Efficiency and Mercury [viewed]

GEFApril 2012: The April issue of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) “Greenline” newsletter presents publications on energy efficiency, mercury management, and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IDB to Manage Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas [viewed]

IDB30 April 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been selected by the Canadian Government to manage the Canadian Climate Fund for the Private Sector in the Americas. The CAD$250 million Fund will focus on financing private sector climate mitigation and adaptation projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that need concessional financing to become viable.

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World Bank Invests in Sustainable Ocean Ecosystem Management [viewed]

World BankApril 2012: The World Bank published a brief titled "Helping to Better Manage the World's Oceans," which presents the sectoral results for sustainable ocean ecosystem management and the Bank's role in the creation of the Global Partnership for Oceans.

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UNFCCC Reports on the Support for the NAP Process for LDCs [viewed]

30 April 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a synthesis report on the support for the national adaptation plan (NAP) process for the least developed countries (LDCs) (FCCC/SBI/2012/8).

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Meeting Calls for Joint Action on Disaster Risk Management [viewed]

World Bank27 April 2012: Donor and developing country officials convened during the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings to reaffirm commitments to mainstreaming disaster resilience in development planning and the link between disaster reduction and climate change adaptation. 

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Addresses Philanthropists Forum [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary18 April 2012: Speaking at the Annual Conference of the Global Philanthropy Forum, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), called on philanthropists to fuel the existing "momentum for both the sustainability and the energy revolutions.”

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GEF Promotes Renewable Energy Mini-Grids in Chad [viewed]

GEF12 April 2012: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has approved a US$1.8 million project promoting renewable energy-based mini-grids for rural electrification and productive uses in Chad.

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UNECE Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Impacts on Transboundary Basins [viewed]

UNECE26 April 2012: The Third Workshop on Water and Climate Change in Transboundary Basins, which addressed the theme "Making Adaptation Work," called attention to the expected impacts on climate change, including the higher risk of drought and floods, on shared transboundary basins. The event brought together over 140 participants to discuss conflict prevention and cooperation to address climate change adaptation at the transboundary level.

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IFC Promotes Green Building Certification System [viewed]

April 2012: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has launched a Green Buildings Certification System (EDGE) to encourage companies to invest in sustainably-designed buildings.

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Event: UNITAR/UNEP e-Learning Course: Introduction to a Green Economy - Concepts, Principles and Applications [viewed]

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have developed this e-learning course to provide interested stakeholders with an introduction to the green economy concept. The course will be conducted from 14 May-22 June 2012, and is organized as an interactive, web-based course. Participants will learn about the green economy and the challenges and opportunities to advance low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially-inclusive development.  

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