Economics, Trade & Investment

IFAD Workshop on Aviation Biofuels Calls for Engaging Small Farmers [viewed]

22 November 2012: At the international workshop on Sustainable Pro-Poor Development of Aviation Biofuels, experts, policy makers and stakeholders examined the opportunities for biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry and create employment in rural communities. Panelists considered the food security implications of scaling up biofuel production.

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G20 Ministers Discuss Green Growth, Climate and Disaster Risk Financing [viewed]

5 November 2012: The Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors discussed progress on green growth, phaseout of fossil fuel subsidies, climate finance and disaster risk financing during a meeting from 4-5 November 2012, in Mexico City, Mexico. The Ministers and Governors assessed progress on a G20 mandate to promote growth and job creation and to address ongoing economic and financial challenges.

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UNFCCC Report Assesses CDM [viewed]

UNFCCC20 November 2012: The UNFCCC has published a report evaluating achievements under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The report, titled "Benefits of the Clean Development Mechanism 2012," expands on a previous study, released in 2011, with an analysis of roughly 4,000 CDM projects in four areas: sustainable development, technology transfer, finance and regional distribution.

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IRENA Handbook Offers Best Practices for NAMA Policies for Renewable Energy Deployment [viewed]

IRENA26 November 2012: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a new report, titled "IRENA Handbook on Renewable Energy Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for Policy Makers and Project Developers," that analyzes the role NAMAs can play in renewable energy deployment in developing countries and offers insights from case studies in Peru, Kenya and Grenada.

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OECD Finds Strong Invention and Patent Bias Towards Mitigation Technologies in Africa [viewed]

OECD16 November 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has release a new working paper, titled "Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Africa: Evidence from Patent Data," which analyzes data on innovative activity in and patenting of selected climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies in Africa.

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on the New Market Mechanism [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2012: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG LCA) released additional submissions from Cyprus and the European Commission (EC) on behalf of the EU and its member States and Papua New Guinea on views on the new market based mechanism.

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WEF, UNFCCC Launch Initiative on Innovative Financing for Climate-Friendly Investment [viewed]

UNFCCC27 November 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) and UNFCCC Secretariat have announced an initiative to showcase successful public-private financing mechanisms and approaches to supporting climate change adaption and mitigation activities. The initiative, called “Momentum for Change: Innovative Financing for Climate-friendly Investment,” will inform governments, investors, business, public finance agencies and the media about opportunities to leverage innovative finance for sustainable growth.

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OECD Study Discusses Mobilizing LCR Investment [viewed]

OECD23 November 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper on “Mobilising Investment in Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Infrastructure.” The paper discusses how governments can encourage private investment in low-carbon, climate resilient (LCR) infrastructure by improving projects' risk-return profile.

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ENTWINED Launches Guidance on Border Carbon Adjustment [viewed]

21 November 2012: The ENTWINED Network (Sweden) has launched “A Guide for the Concerned: Guidance on Elaboration and Implementation of Border Carbon Adjustment" (BCA).

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Event: Fourteenth Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14) [viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in conjunction with its twenty-seventh session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC27/GMEF) to be held from 18-22 February 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The objective of the Forum is to facilitate preparations of major groups and stakeholders towards the GC27/GMEF, which will hold ministerial-level consultations on emerging policy issues under the following themes: Implementing Rio+20: A strengthened environmental pillar of sustainable development; and Implementing a green economy as an important tool for achieving sustainable development.  

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