Economics, Trade & Investment

UNITAR/UN CC:Learn Joins Working Group on Greening Technical and Vocational Education [viewed]

UN CC:Learn2 April 2012: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)/UN CC:Learn has joined the working group on “Greening TVET and Skills Development” of the Inter-agency Group on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (IAG-TVET).

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IEA Journal Addresses Best Practices, Denmark's Path to Fossil Fuel Independence [viewed]

IEAApril 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the second issue of "IEAenergy: The Journal of the International Energy Agency.” Sub-titled “Renewable Energy: Coming of Age,” this issue features articles on. inter alia, the need for the IEA to share its best practices with the climate change community and Denmark's perspective on energy and climate policy.

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Event: Seventh ITU Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

This symposium, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Government of Canada, aims to raise awareness of the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in climate change mitigation and adaptation, thereby advancing the “green ICT” agenda. Among other things, it will provide an avenue to explore how advanced technologies can improve the environmental sustainability of the ICT sector itself. The symposium is part of ITU's activities in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), highlighting the importance of ICTs as enablers of environmentally-sustainable economic development.  

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CIFOR Introduces Model to Build Scenarios on Biofuel Investment [viewed]

FAOApril 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a working paper that presents a model to simulate the decisions of domestic and international biofuel investors.

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International Conference on Wetland Forests Focuses on the Green Economy [viewed]

23 March 2012: The International Conference on Wetland Forests, which was co-hosted by Wetlands International and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources of Brunei Darussalam through the Forestry Department, considered the theme "forests biodiversity – towards green economy." The event aimed to promote sustainable management of Brunei's peat forests and mangrove forests.

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World Bank Publishes Brief on Climate-Proofing Development Programmes [viewed]

World BankApril 2012: The World Bank has published a six-page brief detailing the Bank's contribution to achieving synergies between development finance and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Water Agenda for the Americas Presented [viewed]

4 April 2012: Over 40 governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations presented "Americas' Water Agenda" to the March 2012 World Water Forum, a roadmap to guide Western Hemisphere decision makers on the primary actions to improve water management.

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Second Global Transition Dialogue Considers Green Economy [viewed]

18 March 2012: The Second Global Transition 2012 Dialogue on the New Economy focused on a number of issues related to the green economy during a weekend event on the sidelines of negotiations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IEA, EMBARQ Launch Global Database of Bus Rapid Transit Systems [viewed]

2 April 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA), in partnership with EMBARQ, a division of the World Resources Institute (WRI), has launched the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Database, a database of bus transport systems from over 130 cities worldwide.

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GEF Funds Energy Reforms and Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development in Cape Verde [viewed]

GEF20 March 2012: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has approved a US$1.7 million grant to promote renewable energy systems in Cape Verde over the next 3 years.

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