Economics, Trade & Investment

OECD Paper Surveys International Investment Agreements [viewed]

June 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled “Environmental Concerns in International Investment Agreements - A Survey,” which establishes a statistical portrait of governments' investment treaty practices in 1,623 international investment agreements (IIAs).

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IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy Adopts Communiqué [viewed]

10 July 2011: The IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy has concluded with the adoption of the Abu Dhabi Communiqué on Renewable Energy for Accelerating Africa's Development.

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UN MDG Report Highlights Progress Despite the Financial, Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

7 July 2011: The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2011 finds that, despite setbacks from recent economic, food and energy crises, major progress towards the MDGs has been achieved. However, it indicates that progress has been unequal and the most vulnerable are left behind, noting disparities based on sex, age, disability and ethnicity, and between urban and rural areas.

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IDB to Administer GEF Geothermal Project in Colombia [viewed]

5 July 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will administer a US$2.7 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to assist the Colombian Government in developing a regulatory framework to foster the use of non-conventional renewable energy, by establishing incentives and removing barriers to investments in geothermal power projects.

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World Bank, GEF Project Supports Energy Efficiency in Viet Nam [viewed]

World Bank5 July 2011: The World Bank will administer a US$2.37 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant for the Government of Viet Nam to implement its national energy efficiency programme.

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CCCCC and EU Sign Agreement to Support Caribbean Forum Countries in Meeting Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

4 July 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) and the EU have entered into an agreement to, among other things, support Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries in meeting the challenges of climate change.

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Symposium on Green Growth, Science and Technology Prepares for UNCCD COP 10 [viewed]

24 June 2011: In preparation for the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10), the International Symposium on Green Growth, Science and Technology and the Role of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to Address Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD) convened in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 23-24 June 2011.

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Event: CIF November 2011 Committee Meetings [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) are a pair of funds that aim to help developing countries pilot low-emissions and climate-resilient development. The CIF Committee governs the implementation of CIF objectives, which support developing countries in piloting transformations in clean technology, sustainable management of forests, increased energy access through renewable energy, and climate-resilient development.  

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Event: WIPO International Conference on Innovation and Climate Change [viewed]

This conference, organized around the theme "Stimulating Innovation, Accelerating Technology Transfer and Diffusion, Enabling Global Solutions," is organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It will address how the principal factors stimulating innovation can be integrated into coherent strategies that span across reasearch and development, national production capabilities, access to markets, effective regulations, and sound intellectual property management. Options will be explored that accelerate technology transfer and diffusion, and thus affect people's lives around the world.  

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CGIAR Launches Programme to Improve Maize Productivity [viewed]

6 July 2011: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has announced a US$170 million global alliance and research programme to double the productivity of maize farms and increase their resilience to climate change.

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