Economics, Trade & Investment

UNECE Publishes Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards [viewed]

May 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published the “Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards 2011,” which contains a list of conventions, norms and standards that have been negotiated under the auspices of UNECE.

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Fourth LDC Conference Opens in Istanbul [viewed]

9 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government and international organizations' representatives, are gathering in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from 9-13 May 2011. The meeting aims to assess the implementation of the 2001 Brussels Programme of Action and reach a new agreement to continue supporting the 48 countries classified as LDCs.

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UNEP Releases Report on Importance of Green Economy for LDCs [viewed]

9 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) have released a report titled “Why a Green Economy Matters for Least Developed Countries.” 

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PROFOR Newsletter Highlights Agricultural Practices to Lock Carbon and Enhance Food Security [viewed]

May 2011: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) of the World Bank has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "PROFOR Update," which highlights PROFOR's recent activities relating to forests and climate change.

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SLoCaT Partnership, DESA Convene Workshop on NAMAs and Sustainable Transport [viewed]

13 April 2011: The workshop on "NAMAs as Catalysts of Environmentally Sustainable Transport" was hosted by the Korean Transport Institute, and organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the Partnership for Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), and the Bridging the Gap Initiative, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 12-13 April 2011.

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ILO Releases Report on Employment in LDCs [viewed]

April 2011: In preparation for the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 9-13 May 2011, the International Labour Organization (ILO) released a report titled "Growth, Employment and Decent Work in the Least Developed Countries."

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UNEP Releases Report on Roles of Financial Institutions in Forest-Carbon Markets [viewed]

6 May 2011: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has released a report titled “REDDy-Set-Grow: Opportunities and roles of financial institutions in forest carbon markets,” which stresses that the financial sector must step up its engagement in the emerging green market, and proposes improved regulation to this end.

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Caribbean Community's Climate Update Focuses on Green Climate Fund [viewed]

5 May 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the seventh issue of its Weekly News Update on Climate Change, featuring international and regional news on climate change-related issues.

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Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean Focuses on Water and Energy [viewed]

5 May 2011: The Joint Conference Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) and the UN Trade and Productive Capacity Cluster was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and PAM on 4-5 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss, among other things, water and energy.

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Secretary-General Ban on Bulgarian Visit: “Our Test is to Green our Economies" [viewed]

5 May 2011: Delivering a speech at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the world's youth to join forces with the UN to eliminate extreme poverty, protect the environment through the sustainable use of natural resources and help eliminate the threat of nuclear catastrophe.

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